C&ENVENG 7058 - Structural Mechanics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code C&ENVENG 7058 Course Structural Mechanics Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 48 hours lectures, tutorials Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge Pass (not Conceded Pass) in C&ENVENG 2025 Restrictions available to GDip Eng(Civil & Structural) and MEng(Civil & Structural) 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: Associate Professor Abdul Sheikh
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Understand the concepts and solution techniques (Integration & Unit load methods) for analysing statically determinate structures such
as beams, frames and trusses.
2. Understand the concepts and solution techniques for drawing influence line diagram of statically determinate beams.
3. Understand the concepts and solution techniques (Slope deflection, Moment distribution & Force methods) for analysing statically
indeterminate beams & frames.
4. Develop the skill to write computer program for analysing trusses.
5. Develop the skill to use computer package for analysing structures.
6. Develop competence in critical and independent thinking in identifying, formulating and solving structural analysis problems.
7. Develop the ability to work effectively as a member of a team (working on computer based group projects), including the development of written, oral and listening skills.
8. Develop the ability to manage effectively the allocation of time in performing tasks by meeting the deadlines for submission of assignments and projects.
9. Develop life long learning skills.
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)
1,2,3,4 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
4,5,6,8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7,8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesLecture 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
Recommended ResourcesText Book: Structural Analysis, R.C. Hibbeler, Pearson Education (Available in UniBook).
Online LearningApart 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 ModesOut 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 SummaryWeek 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
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Final Examination 57%
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