Introduction to Structural Design

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Structural Design

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended prerequisite
    (ENGG1010 or ENGG1400) + CIVL2330

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Basic principles of structural design, loads on structures. Limit State design methodology, design of steel members: tension, compression, beam-columns & combined actions.


    Course Introduction
    Structural engineers usually work in either consulting or construction companies.   The sort of jobs that they do in a consulting office depends on the specialisation of the company but is usually related to the design of some kind of structure.   It may be a low-rise residential building, a high-rise building, a coastal or a marine structure, or the design of an industrial shed.   It may be in timber, in steel, in reinforced concrete or a combination of all.   Nevertheless, the concepts are similar.   Structural engineers are capable of designing any kind of structure.   This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and the process involved in a structural design.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. explain the chronological developments in the design methods and how to work with the Limit States Design (LSD) method.
    2. discuss the presence, importance, types and use of standards and codes of practice relevant to structural design in Australia. This will include the ability to calculate loads applied to structures based on relevant Australian codes and standards.
    3. explain the behaviour of steel as a material with specific properties and explain how this behaviour affects the development of design methods.
    4. describe how to use AS4100 (Australian Standards for the Design of Steel Structures) to design steel elements in tension, compression, bending and combined actions and be able to explain the theories behind the design methods in simple terms using visual models.
    5. be able to relate the learning activities in the class to the real world applications, and discuss the ethical and legal obligations of a structural engineer.


    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour, 1 Contact hour

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