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Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to the behaviour of the thin-walled stiffened plate structures that are found in the Oil and Gas Industry.  The small deflection and large deflection theories (including elasto-plastic effects) are presented for a wide range of in-plane and out-of-plane load actions.  A key feature is to explain how these behaviours are represented in Design Codes of Practice.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Davidson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is delivered in 7 major blocks as follows:

1. Introduction
2. Compression
3. Pressure
4. Shear
5. Shear Lag
6. Stiffeners
7. Stiffened decks

This course is delivered online, where the students will access the teaching content via the web in 5 blocks at 3 week intervals.

The course tutor will have scheduled times of delivery on the on-line forum, as well as contact via email.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 2 coursework assignments (25% and 25%) and one 3-hour exam (50%).


Re-sit – The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


The course includes a number of pieces of coursework, which will be returned to students with feedback comments via MyAberdeen.  

Course Learning Outcomes


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