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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5959M Advanced Structural Analysis - MEng

10 creditsClass Size: 130

Module manager: Dr Y Sheng

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

MEng students:
Pass at Level 3 in any of the School's MEng programmes


CIVE1120Structural and Stress Analysis 1.1
CIVE2121Structural and Stress Analysis
CIVE3122Structural and Stress Analysis

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5970MAdvanced Structural Analysis (MSc/PGD)

This module is not approved as an Elective


The aim of the course is to extend the understanding of structural behavior and to apply computational methods for structural analysis and design.

This course will extend the basic structural analysis methods developed in the prerequisite courses to the following advanced structural analysis areas:
(a) dynamic analysis of space structures;
(b) analysis of elastic instability of frames;
(c) finite element method.

Skills outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able to have the understanding and skills of:
- the principles underlying the dynamic analysis of pinned and rigid-jointed structural frames structures;
- have awareness of and be able to account in analysis for the subtle, yet important effects of elastic instability in structural frameworks;
- the finite element (FE) method of analysis, its mode of application, and the role of commercial software in performing FE computations;
- use of an advanced FE package. This helps students to appreciate how much of the theory taught in class is applied in a computational environment, and highlights the pitfalls associated with uninformed use of computer-based structural analysis software.


Fundamental principles and theoretical methods in the following topics will be introduced in conjunction with the practical applications and the numerical experiments.

1. Structural dynamic analysis, principles and theories (8 lectures)
2. Stability Analysis: Review of elastic instability of beams and columns. Instability of pin jointed structures. (4 lectures)
3. Finite Element Method with practical applications. (6 lectures)

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours74.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Topics of independent study identified by lecturers to support learning will include a review of the dynamic and stability analysis in the structural design, and the applications of numerical methods (especially FEM) in civil engineering.

User's instructions of a FEM software package and references on the modelling techniques, such as pre- and post treatment of a numerical simulation will be suggested to students.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored in the tutorial periods.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

MEng Candidates are required to answer any 4 questions from 5. The external resit will be by examination only (i.e. 100%)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/03/2015


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