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CIVL9205: Concrete Structures 1

The objectives of this unit are to provide a basic understanding of the behaviour of reinforced concrete members and structures; to provide a basic understanding of standard methods of analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures (including an understanding of capabilities and limitations); and to provide design training in a simulated professional engineering environment. At the end of this unit students will gain proficiency in basic methods of reinforced concrete analysis and design. The syllabus covers the behaviour of reinforced concrete members and structures, including: material properties, 'elastic' analysis (stresses/deformations/time-dependence), the ultimate strength of beams (flexure), the ultimate strength of columns (short and slender), the behaviour or reinforced concrete slabs, the reinforced concrete truss analogy (shear/torsion/and detailing implications), design of typical elements of a reinforced concrete building, structural modelling, analysis of load-effects (incl. earthquakes), design criteria (for durability, fire-resistance, serviceability and strength), design calculation procedures, reinforcement detailing and structural drawings.

Code CIVL9205
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CIVL9110 AND CIVL9201. Basic concepts of solid mechanics and structural mechanics, including: compatibility of strains; stress-strain relationships; equilibrium; flexure, shear and torsion; statically determinate load effects (reactions, bending moments, shear forces); elastic beam theory (strains, stresses and beam deflections)

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

  • LO1. Develop critical thinking, problem solving skills and systematicity towards an organized and focused methodological approach
  • LO2. Understand the behaviour of reinforced concrete structures, notably the failure mechanisms for members under individual and combined actions
  • LO3. Assimilate and confidently utilize theoretical concepts and engineering fundamentals in the calculation procedures used in reinforced concrete analysis and design
  • LO4. Examine, interpret and utilize source documents information (codes, drawings …)
  • LO5. Demonstrate competence and calculation skills required for reinforced concrete analysis and design
  • LO6. Master the application of engineering principles to formulate and solve design problems
  • LO7. Perform basic reinforced concrete design of beams, slabs, columns and footings with reference to applicable standards