Structural Analysis

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Structural Analysis

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    48331 Mechanics of Solids AND 33230 Mathematical Modelling 2

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject covers methods and concepts which are fundamental to the analysis of linear elastic structural frameworks. Students learn how load bearing structures respond to the actions of directly applied loads as well as environmental effects such as temperature and foundation settlements. Topics covered include: computing deformations in plane frames using the principle of virtual work; the analysis of statically indeterminate structures using both, the force method as well as the method of moment distribution; and how to establish influence lines and how to use them in finding maximum load effects. A brief introduction to non-linear analysis of structures is also given.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. Apply methods and concepts which are fundamental to the analysis of linear elastic structural frameworks?
    2. Analyse how load bearing structures respond to the actions of directly applied loads as well as environmental effects such as temperature and foundation settlements??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????
    3. Explain structural behaviour and apply their competence in structural analysis??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    4. Apply introductory analysis of statically indeterminate structures by classical methods such as the Force Method and Moment Distribution, the qualitative analysis of complex structure behaviour and the establishment of Influence Lines???????
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.) [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.5 ] (A.5)
    Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.1)
    Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2] (C.1)
    Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.1,2.2] (C.3)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Teaching and learning strategies will include formal lectures combined with in-class tutorials and demonstration of laboratory experiments to aid students understanding of new concepts. Exercise tasks will be designed to further student understanding and to reinforce their learning of topics covered. Additionally, UTS-Online provides internet based access to study documentation, practice problems and quizzes and other information about important announcements such as timetable changes to assessable tasks.
    This subject includes two three-hour lecture sessions per week throughout the semester.
    As a student in this subject you are expected to attend all lecture sessions, participate actively in all tutorial components, attend in-class tests and complete assessment tasks by their due dates.
    Content
    The material covered in this subject is divided into the following sections:
    ? Qualitative Analysis of Structures
    ? Principle of Virtual Work & Calculation of Elastic Deformation
    ? Analysis of Statically Indeterminate Structures by Force Method
    ? Moment Distribution Method
    ? Influence Lines
    Qualitative Analysis of Structures: Students learn to qualitatively predict the behaviour of plane slender frameworks. The primary aim is to facilitate understanding of the response of structures under load and to help in judging the correctness of results without being burdened with insignificant details. With powerful computer methods of structural analysis readily available to most engineers today, this ability is even more important since gross errors can be generated at the press of a button and can easily go unnoticed if the engineer cannot independently interpret the output. By applying the conditions of equilibrium and compatibility to simple frameworks, students learn to qualitatively predict structural responses such as the direction of support reactions, deformed shape and bending moment diagram.
    Principle of Virtual Work & Calculation of Elastic Deformation: Topics covered in this section include: Review of the Principle of Work; Virtual Work and its application to calculate deformations in statically determinate structures; Calculating deformations due to environmental effects such as support settlement, temperature changes, axial shortening and lack of fit.
    Force Method: Topics covered in this section include: Review of static indeterminacy in frames and trusses and methods to establish the degree of static indeterminacy. The Force Method, also known as the Flexibility Method or the Method of Consistent Deformations, and its application to one-fold indeterminate plane frames and trusses. The Analysis of structures subjected to temperature loads and / or support settlement. The analysis of n-fold indeterminate structures is also introduced.
    Moment Distribution: Students learn to analyse statically indeterminate structures using the method of moment distribution. Topics covered include: Member-Stiffness coefficient, joint-Stiffness factor and distribution factors at a joint; Analysis procedure and definition of sign convention for beam end-moments and joint moments; Carry-Over factor; Beam fixed end moments due to applied loads; Analysis of non-sway frames, sway frames and frames subjected to support settlement.
    Influence Lines: This section deals with Influence Lines for statically determinate structures and addresses the following topics: Definition of an Influence Line and how to construct the Influence Line for support reactions, bending moments and shear forces in continuous beams; Influence Lines for trusses, which includes IL for support reactions and forces in diagonal- and chord members; Establishing Influence Lines using the Müller-Breslau Principle; Qualitative Influence Lines for statically indeterminate structures; Application of Influence Lines to determine maximum load effects; Critical alternating loading patterns in continuous beams and frames.
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: On-line Assessment Task
    Intent:
    Students will be required to solve a number of online quizzes (typically 1 quiz per week). These online quizzes are based on material covered in the lectures and tutorial sessions and reading prescribed prior to attending the lecture. To reinforce their learning and to provide them with timely feedback, students will answer quiz questions and solve structural analysis problems with varying level of difficulties in order to understand the expected behaviour of the structure (A5), plan the solution approach (B1) and apply solution methods taught in the lectures (C1). The assessment tasks will test students? understanding of the expected behaviour of the structure (A5), how they plan their solution approach (B1) and their ability to apply solution methods taught in the lectures (C1). After the due date each assessment task will be made available for practice which students can use to validate their assumptions and methodology (C3).
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, B.1, C.1 and C.3
    Type: Quiz/test
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 8%
    Criteria:
    Online quizzes will be marked automatically. Some questions will be formula based whereby each student will be given a unique data set and therefore correct numerical answers will differ for each student. Only correct numerical answers entered within a prescribed error tolerance will attract marks.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Accuracy of computations & application of theory. 70 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    Justification of assumptions & approach 15 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    Review of computations & methodology 15 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: eTask
    Intent:
    Students will be required to solve 3 separate spread sheet based assignments to be downlaoded from UTSOnline and submitted by the due date (typically 1 eTask every 3 weeks). Each eTask will contain approximately 3 exercise problems that are based on material covered in the lectures and tutorial sessions prescribed reading. The exercise problems are intended to reinforce student learning and to provide them with timely feedback. Students will solve typical structural analysis problems with varying levels of difficulty to assist them in understanding the expected behaviour of the structure (A5). The etasks will test students? understanding of the expected behaviour of the structure (A5), how they plan their solution approach (B1) and their ability to apply solution methods taught in the lectures (C1). When completing the eTask, each student must enter their student ID to obtain an individualised data set. Otherwise a zero mark will be awarded. Students will have approximately 2 weeks to complete each eTask during which they have the opportunity to discuss solution concepts with fellow students including during tutorial sessions and to validate their assumptions and methodology (C3). Students are strongly encoraged to complete the eTasks as a good preparation for the final examination.
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, B.1, C.1 and C.3
    Type: Exercises
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 12%
    Criteria:
    The eTasks will be marked using a programmed algorithm, therefore only correct numerical answers entered within a prescribed error tolerance will attract marks. Each student will be given a unique data set, which is based on her/his student ID and therefore correct answers will differ for each student. Late submissions will not attract marks.
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Accuracy of computations & application of theory. 25 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    Justification of assumptions & approach 60 1, 2, 3 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    Review of computations & methodology 15 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Formal Final Examination
    Intent:
    This is a comprehensive examination that covers the entire subject content and will assess the competency of students in predicting the behaviour of different structure types (A5), planning solution approach (B1), application of learnt structural analysis methods (C1) and validate obtained results with predicted outcomes (C3).
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    A.5, B.1, C.1 and C.3
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 80%
    Length:
    3 hours + 10 minutes reading time
    Criteria:
    Satisfactory performance in the final exam, with a minimum mark of 50%, is required to pass the subject. Supplementary examination will be offered only to students with a borderline result in the final exam (between 45% and 49% in the exam).
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Accuracy of computations & application of theory. 25 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    Justification of assumptions & approach 60 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    Review of computations & methodology 15 1, 2, 3, 4 A.5, B.1, C.1, C.3
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    In order to pass the subject, you must pass the final examination with a score of 50% or higher.

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