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CIVL3235: Structural Analysis

The objectives of this unit are to provide an understanding of the principles of structural analysis by introducing the strain-displacement, stress-strain and equilibrium relationships for beam members; applying the relationships to the matrix displacement analysis of frame structures; and using computer software to conduct the linear-elastic and buckling analyses of frame structures. At the end of this unit, students will be able to deduce appropriate structural models for frame structures; and use computer methods and simple hand methods to obtain internal forces and displacements as well as buckling loads for frame structures. The syllabus comprises theoretical background (strain-displacement, stress-strain and equilibrium relationships), structural analysis software, matrix displacement method, beam theory, introduction to nonlinear analysis, buckling analysis.

Code CIVL3235
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CIVL2110 OR CIVL1110) AND (CIVL2230 OR CIVL1900) AND MATH2061

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. carry out buckling analyses of columns and frames
  • LO2. perform nonlinear analyses and understand the differences from the linear-elastic analyses
  • LO3. analyse statically determinate structures using the method of joints, the method of section, and equilibrium considerations
  • LO4. apply the fundamental methods of linear-elastic analysis, which include the stiffness method
  • LO5. derive the differential equations which form the basis of beam theory, and learn how to apply the appropriate boundary conditions.

Unit outlines

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