C&ENVENG 3001 - Structural Mechanics III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 3001
    Course Structural Mechanics III
    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
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 2025
    Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only
    Assessment coursework, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Terry Bennett

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Identify points of certainty regarding a structures deformation / rotation to qualitatively construct shear force and bending moment diagrams for both statically determinate and indeterminate structures.
    2 Formulate the direct stiffness method and create a computer program to solve truss problems.
    3 Use a professional structural analysis package based on the direct stiffness method and use sound engineering judgement to assess the accuracy of the assumptions made and results obtained.
    4 Apply the principle of virtual work to calculate the deflections of truss, beam and frame structures.
    5 Employ the principles of virtual work and compatibility to evaluate the internal forces and deflections of truss, beam and frame structures.
    6 Demonstrate the analysis of both sway and no-sway frame structures using the Slope-Deflection equations.
    7 Construct Influence Diagrams and equations to characterise how the positioning of live loading will affect the reactions, shear forces and/or bending moment at a given point on a structure.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   2.2   2.3   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture Slides (Power Point): To be available on MyUni.

    Matrix structural analysis course notes and computer laboratory exercise tutorial sheets will be provided on MyUni.

    Computer Software (Autodesk - Robot Structural Analysis), available in the computer lab. Students can also obtain a personal copy by registering with Autodesk.
    Recommended Resources
    Text Book: Structural Analysis, R.C. Hibbeler, Pearson Education (Available in UniBook).
    Online Learning
    Apart from using MyUni for uploading lecture slides (power point), 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 Modes
    Out of 4 sessions/hours per week assigned for lectures (please see the Course Planner), 3 hours will used for formal course lectures (except 1 session for a quiz of 1 hour duration) and 1 hour for the tutorial. The tutorial sessions will be used to help students individually or in small groups in homework assignments, general understanding of theories and solving problems. Moreover, tutors will be available on other days (1 hour per day) for additional consultations.

    You will also be attending the computer practical session - 1 hour per week.

    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, 1 hour of tutorial and 1 hour of computer practical in a week, students are expected to spend approximately 4 to 5 hours for studying lecture materials, practice examples, solving homework problems and working on the group project.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: Introduction and Qualitative Structural analysis
    Week 2: Computer based Structural Analysis
    Week 3: Computer based Structural Analysis
    Week 4: Deflection of Beams using Integration Method
    Week 5: Energy Method for Deflection of Structures (Castigliano’s Therem)
    Week 6: Energy Method for Deflection of Structures (Unit Load Method)
    Week 7: Force Method for Statically Indeterminate Structures
    Week 8: Displacement Method – Slope Deflection Method
    Week 9: Displacement Method – Slope Deflection Method
    Week 10: Displacement Method – Moment Distribution Method
    Week 11: Displacement Method – Moment Distribution Method
    Week 12: Influence Lines of Statically Determinate Structures
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    tutorial questions 0 Individual Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    summative eAssessments 20 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Computer analysis project 20 Group Summative Week 12 3. 4.
    Written Exam 60 Individual Summative min 40% 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Detail
    The details will be provided during lectures.
    The details will be provided during lectures.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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