This topic provides students with an understanding of structural principles for analysis and design. The topics included are: Internal member forces (SFD and BMD), composite bending with transformed sections, deflections of beams, global buckling of slender columns, design of steel beams, concrete mix design, design of standards (e.g., AS3600, AS4100, AS1170), analysis of statically indeterminate structures, stress transformations including Mohr's circle.
Structural engineering deals with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. All civil engineers must understand the range of tools, materials and techniques available for constructing structures. This is the first of two topics dealing with these issues and focuses mainly on steel and timber construction.