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EA4526: ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 17 Jul 2020 11:20


Course Overview

Course extends the basic stiffness method of analysis developed in the pre-requisite courses. Fundamental principles of the stiffness method of analysis, with automatic assembly of the stiffness matrix for rigid jointed plane frames and space structures, are presented in some detail. Elastic instability of frames, and the design of continuous steel beams and portal frames using plastic methods will be undertaken. Analysis of flat plates and slabs using yield line theory, and an introduction to shells also covered. The course concludes with a brief outline of the finite element method of analysis, with computer-based applications forming an important practical component.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Simone Michele

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

  • One of EA3519 Design of Structural Elements (Passed) or EG3519 Design of Structural Elements (Passed) or EG3529 Design of Structural Elements A (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of EA3518 Mechanics of Structures (Passed) or EG3516 Mechanics of Structures A (Passed) or EG3518 Mechanics of Structures (Passed)
  • One of BSc Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Structural) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Eng with Subsea Technology (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Environmental) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Management (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Module # 1 INTRODUCTION

ï‚· Review of structural analysis basics

ï‚· Degree of static indeterminacy / freedom

ï‚· Idealisation of structures

ï‚· Generalised matrix notation

Module # 2 THE STIFFNESS METHOD OF ANALYSIS

ï‚· Expressions for member properties

ï‚· Transformations for members in 2-D

ï‚· Treatment of pinned ends and fixed ends

Module # 3 STRUCTURAL IDEALISATION IN MATRIX FORM

ï‚· Review of matrix operations

ï‚· Assembly of member properties in matrices

ï‚· Automatic assembly of the stiffness matrix

ï‚· Rigid-jointed frames, grillages, and space structures

Module # 4 SPACE STRUCTURES

ï‚· Equilibrium equations for statically determinate space frames

ï‚· Unit Load Method in 3-D

ï‚· Deflection of space frames

Module # 5 PLASTIC ANALYSIS & DESIGN

ï‚· Theory for uniaxial and biaxial bending

ï‚· Continuous beams

ï‚· Portal frames

Module # 6 PLATES & SHELLS

ï‚· Flexural strength of reinforced concrete slabs

ï‚· Yield line theory

ï‚· Introduction to shells

ï‚· Practical considerations in design

Module # 7 ELASTIC INSTABILITY ANALYSIS

ï‚· Review of elastic instability of beams & columns

ï‚· Instability of pin-jointed structures and rigid-jointed frames

ï‚· Stability functions and load factors for elastic instability

ï‚· Modified stiffness analysis of orthogonal frames

Module # 8 THE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD (optional)

ï‚· Theoretical background

ï‚· Element types and their properties

ï‚· Formulations for 2-D and 3-D linear analysis

ï‚· Non-linear structures


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Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39

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