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CIVE3390 Structural Analysis 2

10 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Professor Phil Purnell

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should have gained an appreciation of systematic approaches to the analysis of complex structures, including:
(a) the plastic analysis of frames,
(b) the direct stiffness matrix method for pin-joined structures and frames with rigid joints, and
(c) finite element approximation for two dimensional plane problems.

They should also understand the importance of the matrix based approaches for structural and stress analysis using computers and their applications to large complex structural systems.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module will have gained the knowledge, understanding, skills or abilities that contribute to achieving the following ARB General Criteria for Part 1:
• 1. understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project; GC1.2
2. develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user; GC1.3
3. the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design; GC8.1
4. strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques;GC8.2
5. the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices; GC8.3


This modules extends elastic and plastic theories to describe the behaviour of complex 3-dimensional structural forms. The students are given an introduction to the use of computational models as design aids to predict in service performance such as deformation profiles under a range of different environmental conditions (including wind and snow effects).

The content of this module is essential for an understanding of the ways in which building structures behave and, as such, is highly informative for building designers. For students studying Architecture and Architectural Engineering the taught content goes on to form a key part of later architectural design modules and is demonstrated in the Design Studios 3.2 (CIVE3871) and 4.2 (CIVE5845M).

- Comparison of elastic and plastic analyses, plastic hinges, plastic analysis of beams and single storey frames, beam and sway mechanisms, joint rotation, collapse BM diagram, upper and lower bounds on solutions, pitch roof frames, gable mechanism, multi-bay and multi-storey frames.

- Direct stiffness method of pin-joined and frame structures: stiffness matrix, stiffness assembly, transformation of stiffness matrix, introduction of support conditions and general solution procedure. Introduction to finite element analysis: 2D elasticity, plane stress elements.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours65.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 40 hours: reading for lecture (20 x 2 hours).
- 30 hours: assignments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance requirement - to gain the credits for this module students must attend the plastic analysis laboratory class.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportCoursework 110.00
ReportCoursework 210.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Online time-limited assessment - 100%

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment5 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Re-sit online time-limited assessment worth 100%

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2022 14:44:31


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