This topic provides students with an understanding of the theory and application of structural mechanics and structural design. Emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamental concepts via hand calculations before applying these concepts to large scale buildings via software packages. The structural mechanics content includes: Calculations of deformations in statically determinate and indeterminate structures by force method, unit load method, slope-deflection method and moment-area theorem; Influence lines applied to beams and trusses. The structural design content includes Australian Standard procedures for: General design and load combinations; Steel beam design; Steel column design; Concrete beam design; Concrete column design; Concrete slab design. The software packages covered include: 2D analysis of frames and beams (Strand7); 3D analysis of flexural beams (ANSYS); Design of steel structures (SPACE GASS).
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 second of two topics dealing with these issues and focuses mainly on concrete, masonry and composite structures.
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