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Unit information: Structures and Materials 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Structures and Materials 2
Unit code CENG25100
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Mehdi Kashani
Open unit status Not open

CENG11700 Structural Engineering 1 (or equivalent)



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Aims: To analyse simple frames in bending by hand and to understand concepts of the finite element method; To understand the behaviour of structural members under different loading conditions and to calculate the stresses generated; To gain an insight into the behaviour and properties of more common alloy systems, particularly steels; To understand the properties, mix design, testing and site practice of concrete.

Structural Engineering: This part of the course seeks to give students the skills and knowledge required to analyse plane frames and multi-span beams and to determine the resulting stresses. Mathematical models for stress calculations are extended to beams of different cross-sections and elasto-plastic behaviour.

Properties of Materials: Students are given a comprehensive insight into the mysteries of the common alloy systems including irons and steels, stainless steels, copper alloys and aluminium alloys. The aim is to predict properties of alloys via their phase diagrams. Subsequently, concrete mix design and concrete practice is introduced.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will: ULO 1. understand how loads are carried by complex structures and be able to qualitatively draw the forces and deflections in such structures; ULO 2. be able to analyse continuous beams and simple 2D frames in bending; ULO 3. understand the basic theory of the finite element method and be able to analyse a simple structure; ULO 4. be able to calculate stresses caused by bending and torsion of beams of different sections; ULO 5. understand the theory of failure of struts and be able to calculate failure loads of typical elements; ULO 6. have sufficient knowledge relating to engineering alloys and feel competent to make judgements and discuss the merits, or otherwise, of various materials options. ULO 7. have good knowledge of concrete as a building material.

Teaching details

Lectures, example classes and experimental classes.

Assessment Details

Structural Engineering part is assessed by a 2 hour exam (ULO 1-5) and it must be passed with at least 40% mark. This is to ensure that the students have fundamental knowledge of structures before progression. Properties of Material part is assessed by a separate 2 hour exam (ULO 6-7). The marks from each part will be combined in equal proportion to determine the overall unit mark.

Reading and References

  • Structural Analysis, by R C Coates, M G Coutie, F K Kong, Chapman & Hall, 1988
  • Structures: Theory and Analysis, by M S Williams & J D Todd, Macmillan, 2000
  • Mechanics of Materials, by J M Gere, Brooks/Cole, 2001
  • Principles of Materials Science and Engineering, W F Smith, McGraw Hill, 1996
  • Materials Science and Engineering – An Introduction, W D Callister, Wiley, 1999
  • Concrete Practice, G F Blackledge, British Cement Association, 2008.