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AR30400: Structures 3

[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: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 35%, EX 65%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Finite Element Modelling (CW 35%)
  • Examination (EX 65%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
Familiarisation with finite element methods and ability to use numerical methods for structural analysis. To advance the student's knowledge and ability in the plastic analysis of structures, including multibay frames and the yield line analysis of slabs.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the unit the student will be able analyse elastic structures using finite element analysis. An ability to design and analyse ductile structures using plasticity theory.

Intellectual skills
* To understand taught material - taught
Professional/Practical skills
* An ability to analyse complex structures, including plates - assessed
Transferable/key skills
* To communicate the results of computer analysis in writing - facilitated and assessed.

Introduction to finite element method. Application of Computer Packages to analysis of frame and slab structures. Validation of FE models. Verification of FE output. Introduction to non-linear FE. Plastic analysis of frames: Upper and lower bound solutions. Instantaneous centres, combined mechanisms for multibay and multistorey frames. Yield-line theory.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR30400 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)


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