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Unit information: Structural Engineering 3 in 2015/16

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Unit name Structural Engineering 3
Unit code CENG31400
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Sebastian
Open unit status Not open

CENG25100 Structures and Materials 2 (or equivalent)



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering



To equip students with understanding and analytical skills to quantify the ways in which reliance on the strengths of materials may be used to develop novel theories for economic design of structures incorporating metals, with applications to steel frames, continuous beams and to reinforced concrete slabs.

To illustrate to students how to use physical reasoning to develop approximate models that underpin iterative strategies for analysing the complex behaviours of structures due to both material and geometric nonlinearities.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Underestand the bound theorems of plasticity for analysis and design of structures (A2)
  • Understand the influences of axial and shear forces on plastic flexural capacity (A2)
  • Understand yield line analysis of concrete slabs and estimate ultimate loads (A2)
  • Be able to develop iterative strategies to predict nonlinear load responses of structures (B5)
  • Understand when material and / or geometric nonlinearities are likely to feature in structural response. (C2, C4)

Teaching details

Lectures, example classes

Assessment Details

2 hour exam (100%)

Reading and References

  • Plasticity for Engineers, C. R. Calladine
  • Plasticity for Structural Engineers, W. F. Chen
  • Plastic Methods for Steel and Concrete Structures, S. J. Moy
  • Theory of Structures, Coates, Coutie and Kong