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CIVE5960M Advanced Structural Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Ioannis Mitseas

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


CIVE1360Structural Design and Analysis
CIVE2360Structural Analysis 1
CIVE3390Structural Analysis 2

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 behaviour 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) Finite element method and its applications in structure analysis;
(b) Dynamic analysis of space structures.

Learning outcomes
Students will be confident in implementing computational modelling methods to solve both static and dynamic structural analysis problems.

Skills outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able to have the understanding and skils of:

- 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 essential skills that are required to use computer-based structural analysis software;
- the principles underlying the dynamic analysis of pinned and rigid-joined structural frames structures; with options of introducing the dynamic behaviour of more complex structure forms.


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

1. Review of the fundamental theories of Finite Element Method (6 lectures);
2. Structural analysis using Finite Element Method (6 lectures);
3. Computational Practical Classes (7 x 3 hour sessions);
4. Structural dynamic analysis, principles and theories (8 lectures)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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 simulations will be suggested to students.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored in the tutorial periods.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectComputational modelling Coursework Project67.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)67.00

Candidates are required to answer 3 questions, and score a combined 50% (exam+project) to pass. Student only needs to re-sit the part of the assessment achieved below 50%.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 3 hr 00 mins33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)33.00

Candidates are required to answer all 3 questions, and score a combined 50% (exam + project) to pass. Student only needs to re-sit the part of the assessment achieved below 50%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:52:56


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