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Unit information: Advanced Structural Materials and Design in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Structural Materials and Design
Unit code CENGM0079
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Toumpanaki
Open unit status Not open

CENG30010 or equivalent


CENG30010 or equivalent

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

To provide students with an appreciation of sustainable and high performing structural materials, such as timber, prestressed concrete, and composite structures (e.g., timber-concrete or steel-concrete composites). The content in this unit will give students the necessary skills to design structures out of a variety of different products including timber, reinforced concrete, and prestressed concrete products.

The unit aims are:

To introduce the fundamental principles about the structural behaviour and design criteria of timber, concrete composites, and prestressed concrete structures and review the current technologies available; to present the serviceability limit states and cover the specific implications for the ultimate limit states; short- and long-term elastic analyses of composite structures including effects of slip; to emphasise on fundamentals, while referring to Eurocode 5 and Eurocode 2

Topics covered may include:

Approximate analysis of frames and tall buildings to support design; timber engineering, including timber-concrete composite structures; Advanced plastic analysis for connection, plate, and wall design, including current code design philosophies; Prestressed concrete, including applications to structural elements in buildings and bridges;

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. have an appreciation of the material properties of timber, composite, and prestressed concrete structures
2. have an ability to perform approximate analysis for conceptual design
3. understand roles of connections in load responses of composite structures at serviceability and ultimate limit states.
4. have an ability to design structural elements and connections out of a variety of materials
5. have an appreciation of the design process from conception to construction and the ability to participate in this process through a practical design examples presented in the form of coursework
6. recognise the importance of durability and performance of timber, composite and prestressed structures

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous and computer labs sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises. Students will be expected to carry out some pre-reading ahead of lectures (ran in a flipped classroom mode) and expected to work on a number of real-life design problems individually and in teams. Computer labs will be used to apply the learned theories and methods to solve practical problems.

The computer lab sessions and exercises are carefully designed such that students can build their own computational tools gradually. In the end, students will be able to integrate key model components, which have been developed individually, into a complete methodology for a design.

Assessment Information

100 % coursework – single submission (ILOs 1‐6)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.