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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE3122 Structural and Stress Analysis

10 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr. Dongmin Yang

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16


CIVE1121Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Stress Analysis
CIVE2121Structural and Stress Analysis
CIVE2602Engineering Mathematics II

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) plastic analysis of frames,
(b) 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.


- 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 hours68.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

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

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

External Resit: 3 hour exam - 100%

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/01/2016


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