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 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.