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Unit information: Nonlinear Structures and Structural Stability in 2022/23

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Unit name Nonlinear Structures and Structural Stability
Unit code AENGM0057
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Schenk
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

Structures and Materials 3 (AENG31200) or equivalent

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

This unit aims to introduce students to fundamental concepts in structural stability and the analysis of nonlinear structures, as well as develop their skills in analysing and interpreting the response of nonlinear structures using commercial finite element (FE) software. This will be achieved through a lecture series complemented by computer labs and will be assessed by means of homework exercises and a project to design and analyse a nonlinear structure.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

• recognise and explain different types of structural stability;

• apply analytical and semi-analytical methods for solving problems in structural stability;

• explain fundamental concepts in the numerical analysis of nonlinear structures;

• analyse and interpret the response of nonlinear structures using finite element software;

• apply their knowledge to design and evaluate nonlinear structures;

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

100% Coursework


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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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