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AR20389: Structures 2

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
AR20389 Supplementary Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To develop analytical and conceptual understanding of structural action through the use of compatibility methods (virtual work and flexibility analysis). To develop an appreciation of the importance of construction tolerances and foundation settlements. To develop understanding of structural analysis using equilibrium methods.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit, the student should be able to demonstrate understanding, and an ability to apply that understanding, in the subjects detailed in the 'Contents' section.

Intellectual skills
* To understand taught material - taught Professional/Practical skills
* Analytical and design skills related to the material covered - assessed Transferable/key skills
* To communicate ideas verbally and in writing - facilitated and assessed.

Revision of statics for statically determinate frames and trusses. Approximate analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Virtual work and the Unit Load method for calculating deflections. Flexibility Analysis of statically indeterminate truss and frame structures. Lack of fit, support settlements and temperature effects. Virtual work extended to beams subject to bending, shear and torsion. Torsional and shear deflection of beams. Derivation of slope deflection relations. Application of the slope/deflection method to continuous beams and sway frames. Moment distribution.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR20389 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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