CIVL3235: Structural Analysis (2015 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL3235: Structural Analysis (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr HOU, Chao
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: 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.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2110 AND CIVL2230 AND MATH2061.
Lecturer/s: Dr HOU, Chao
Timetable: CIVL3235 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 13

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
An appreciation for the role of creative thinking within engineering and the ability to undertake and indulge in the process of it. Design (Level 2)
An ability to apply engineering concepts along with the basics of science and mathematics to engineering problem solving with particular emphasis on analysis. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
An appreciation that engineering fundamentals are based upon the principles and knowledge of science and mathematics. An appreciation of the importance of relating the engineering discipline to the whole. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
An appreciation of the various form of information within the engineering discipline including technical books and reports, research articles, customer requirements, company standards and an appreciation of the main legal definitions. Information Seeking (Level 2)
An ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non-technical audiences. Communication (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
1. Carry out buckling analyses of columns and frames
2. Perform nonlinear analyses and understand the differences from the linear-elastic analyses
3. Evaluate and compare the results of computer analyses with those obtained by hand calculations
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
4. Analyse statically determinate structures using the method of joints, the method of section and equilibrium considerations
5. Apply the fundamental methods of linear-elastic analysis, which include the stiffness method
6. Derive the differential equations which form the basis of beam theory and learn how to apply the appropriate boundary conditions
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 15.00 Week 5 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
2 Quiz 2 No 15.00 Week 9 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
3 Assignment No 15.00 Week 12 3, 5,
4 Quiz 3 No 15.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
5 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Final examination, assignment and three quizzes 15% each in Weeks 5, 9 and 13.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to structural analysis. Revision: functions, matrix algebra, mechanics of solids.
Week 2 Statics of structures. Analysis of statically determinate trusses using method of joints and method of sections.
Week 3 Introduction to indeterminate trusses. Truss analysis using the stiffness method.
Week 4 Beam analysis using the stiffness method
Week 5 Frame analysis using the stiffness method. Member loading.
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 6 Moment distribution.
Week 7 Beam theory: Euler-Bernoulli beam model.
Week 8 Moment-area method. Principle of virtual work.
Week 9 Moment-area method. Examples.
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 10 Conjugate beam method.
Week 11 Introduction to nonlinear analysis and numerical modelling
Week 12 Introduction to the structural stability of columns
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 13 Revision
Assessment Due: Quiz 3
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2013, 2014, 2011, 2012
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil 2015, 2016
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 2) Yes 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 41.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 58.5%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.