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Unit of study_

CIVL9235: 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 CIVL9235
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
This unit of study assumes previous study of the fundamental principles of structural mechanics obtained from CIVL9201 Foundations of Structural Mechanics or equivalent introductory structural mechanics subject.

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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