C&ENVENG 3001 - Structural Mechanics IIIA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code C&ENVENG 3001 Course Structural Mechanics IIIA Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 2025 Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only Course Description This course is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and application of structural analysis as it applies to trusses, beams and frames. Emphasis is placed on developing the student's ability to both model and analyse statically determinate and indeterminate structures and to provide realistic applications encountered in professional practice. Topics to be chosen from: influence lines; calculation of deflections in statically determinate structures; force method of analysis for indeterminate structures; displacement methods of analysis for indeterminate structures including the slope-deflection method, method of moment distribution, and the stiffness method; an introduction to finite element modelling and plastic analysis.
Course Coordinator: Dr Togay Ozbakkaloglu
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Required ResourcesText Book: Structural Analysis, 8th Edition (SI Units), R.C. Hibbeler, Pearson Education South Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2011 (Available in UniBook).
Lecture Slides (Power Point): To be available on MyUni.
Computer Software (Microstand): To be available in CADS (full version) and on MyUni (student version for your personal computer).
Online LearningApart from using MyUni for uploading lecture slides (power point) and the computer software as mentioned in section 3.1, it will be used for posting homework assignments and their solutions, the details of the group project, and some study materials (e.g. assignments, question papers) of previous years. MyUni will also be used for communication (email) with students.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe sessions assigned for lectures (Section 1.3) will be used for formal course lectures throughout the semester. The session assigned for the tutorial will be used to help students individually or in small groups in homework assignments, general understanding of theories and solving problems starting from Week 3. Moreover, teaching assistance will be available for additional consultations.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.In addition to 3 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial in a week, students are expected to spend approximately 5 to 6 hours for studying lecture materials, practice examples and solving homework problems. Students are expected to spend extra hours (usually week 10-11) for the group project.
Learning Activities Summary
Week 1: Introduction and Internal Member Forces Week 2: Integration Method for Deflection of Beams Week 3: Moment Area Theorem for Deflection of Beams Week 4: Energy Method for Deflection of Structures (Introduction, Castigliano’s Therem) Week 5: Energy Method for Deflection of Structures (Unit Load Method) Week 6: Force Method for Statically Indeterminate Structures Week 7: Displacement Method – Slope Deflection Method Week 8: Displacement Method – Slope Deflection Method Displacement Method – Moment Distribution Method Week 9: Displacement Method – Moment Distribution Method Week 10: Stiffness Method of Structural Analysis Week 11: Influence Lines of Statically Determinate Structures Week 12: Plastic Analysis of Structure
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Assessment SummaryThe assessment will have the following components.
Homework Assignments 25% Group Project 10% Final Examination 65%
Assessment DetailHomework Assignments – A total of up to 10 homework assignments will be given. The assignment problems will be uploaded on MyUni every week (usually Friday afternoon) starting from Week 2, where the problems will be based on the lecture material taught by that time. The students will be given one week time to solve these problems individually. The submission must be made by the submission deadline before 4.00 pm to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office. The assignments will be marked giving consideration to method, final solution as well as presentation. The marked assignments will be returned to the students immediately after the marking which will usually take about one week.
Group Project – Students will work in a group of 4 (maximum) to solve a problem using Microstand (computer software) which will be provided (Section 3.1). The project details will be available on MyUni at the end of Week 9. The project involves load calculation and computer analysis of a big frame structure. You will be given approximately two weeks to complete the project. Each group will be asked to produce one report, which is to be submitted in the course submission box by the due date.
Final Examination – The final examination will be of 3 hours duration which will cover the entire course material. The final examination will be a closed book test but students will be allowed to bring a single double-sided A4 sheet containing relevant formulae.
SubmissionHomework Assignments: The due date for submission of each assignment will be marked on the assignment. Students must submit their assignments to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office on the due date before 4.00 pm. Late submissions will be penalised (i.e. 20% deduction per day after the deadline). In case of a late submission, please do not submit your assignment to the submission box without informing the lecturer because the submission box will be opened once in a week.
Group Project: The due date for submission of the group project will be mentioned in the project details. Students have to submit their project report (one report for each group) to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office on the due date before 4.00 pm. A similar procedure to that of assignments will be followed for late submissions.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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