Year
2019
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 120-minute lecture weekly
1 x 60-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 120-minute computer lab weekly
Prerequisites
1 1 of ENGR8862, ENGR2842
2 Admission into MEC-Master of Engineering (Civil)
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR3841 has been successfully completed
Topic description
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).
Educational aims
Structural engineering includes the analysis and design of structures that resist applied loads. It is important for all civil engineers to understand the range of concepts, calculations and procedures used for safe design and construction of a variety of structures. This topic provides students with an understanding of the concepts associated with structural engineering and focuses mainly on structural mechanics, structural design and computer software packages.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students are expected to be able to:

1. Understand how to determine internal member forces for 2D frames
2. Perform advanced structural mechanic calculations for determining forces, deflections and slopes for statically determinate and indeterminate beams, frames and trusses
3. Determine influence lines for moving loads on beams and trusses
4. Have a thorough understanding of 2D and 3D structural analysis software for application of structural mechanics to large scale structures
5. Determine structural design actions according to Australian Standards
6. Perform advanced Australian Standard structural engineering design procedures applicable to steel columns, beams and bolted or welded connections
7. Perform advanced Australian Standard structural engineering design procedures applicable to reinforced concrete beams, columns and slabs
8. Have a thorough understanding of 3D structural design software for design of a steel structure that adheres to the Australian Standards