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Unit information: Structural Engineering 4 in 2015/16

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Unit name Structural Engineering 4
Unit code CENGM2400
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Sebastian
Open unit status Not open

Structures 3 (or equivalent)



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

  • Short- and long-term elastic analyses of composite structures including effects of slip.

Aim is to enable students to understand and quantify effects of connection flexibility on load responses of composite structures under short-term and long-term external actions, and to develop ability to understand how connection behaviour influences analysis and design approaches for composite structures in general. Key aim is to see these concepts at work in context of steel-FRP, concrete-FRP and steel-concrete composite structures, where connection behaviour changes significantly.

  • Prestressed Concrete.

Aim is to enable students to understand advantages and dis-advantages of prestressed concrete relative to reinforced concrete. Also to identify and quantify different sources of loss in pre-tensioned and post-tensioned concrete systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Understand roles of connections in load responses of composite structures at serviceability and ultimate limit states.
  • Develop ability to analyse and design structure depending on connection failure mode.
  • Appreciate differences between analysis / design of new composite structures and of those already existing (including repair and strengthening issues).
  • Gain insight into differences between reinforced and prestressed concrete.
  • Be able to calculate losses in prestressed concrete members.

Teaching Information

Lectures, with invited speaker; example classes

Assessment Information

2 hour exam (100%)

Reading and References

  • Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, F. K. Kong & R. H. Evans
  • Elementary Behaviour of Composite Steel and Concrete Structural Members, D. Oehlers & M. A. Bradford
  • Advanced Polymer Composites and Polymers in the Civil Infrastructure, L.C. Hollaway