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AR40308: Advanced composites in construction

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 40%, EX 60%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop an awareness and enthusiasm for (i) the design & construction of fibre-reinforced polymer structures and (ii) the repair & strengthening of existing structures in order to prolong the life of our infrastructure.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this unit, the succesful student should be able to decide on the feasibility and appropriateness of the use of fibre-reinforced polymers for specific design applications. In particular, the student will have understanding of the issues involved in the design of polymeric structures, the design of concrete structures with polymeric reinforcement and the design of strengthening schemes for structures and buildings. The student will also be able to demonstrate:
* a systematic understanding of this knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of this area of professional practice;
* conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current practice and new developments, and propose new solutions;
* an ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly.

General introduction to Advanced Composites, their properties, advantages and disadvantages, manufacturing processes, case studies.
Fibre-reinforced plastics (FRPs), wholly polymeric structures, design issues, modular construction.
FRP as internal concrete reinforcement, general design issues, durability, flexural design, ductility.
FRP as internal concrete reinforcement, shear design issues, detailing issues, fire, creep, fatigue.
FRP as internal prestress for concrete, external prestress via polymeric ropes, novel reinforcement layouts.
FRP strengthening of concrete structures for flexure.
FRP strengthening of bridges for shear; use of sheets, bars and plate.
FRP strengthening of columns and piers for earthquake and/or vehicle impact, ductility issues, confinement issues with non-circular sections.
FRP strengthening of timber, steel, iron, masonry and other structures; sustainability, economics of FRPs.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40308 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM19 : MSc Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials (Full-time) - Year 1

AR40308 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng (hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng (hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng (hons) Civil Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng (hons) Civil Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.