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CIVL5266: Steel Structures – Stability (2015 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||CIVL5266: Steel Structures - Stability (6 CP)|
DR Pham, Cao Hung
|Session options:||Semester 1|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Brief Handbook Description:||Objectives:
This Unit aims to:
- provide fundamental understanding at advanced level of the behaviour and design steel structural members, notably members undergoing cross-sectional and/or global buckling.
- provide fundamental understanding of the methods available for determining buckling loads of structural members and elements, and explain how classical solutions to buckling problems are incorporated in national design standards for steel structures, including AS4100 and AS/NZS4600.
It is anticipated that at the end of this unit of study students will be familiar with the buckling behaviour of steel structures and will understand the methods available for determining buckling loads of structural members and cross-section. Students will have a good understanding of the stability design provisions for steel structures specified in the standards AS4100 and AS/NZS4600, and will be proficient in using software for calculating buckling loads.
Stability theory, Plate theory, Stability of plates and plate assemblies, Theory for thin-walled members in torsion and bi-axial bending, Stability of thin-walled members, Stability design to AS4100 and AS/NZS4600, Direct Strength Method.
|Assumed Knowledge:||There are no prerequisites for this unit of study but it is assumed that students are competent in the content covered in Structural Mechanics, Steel Structures, and Structural Analysis.|
DR Pham, Cao Hung
Professor Rasmussen, Kim
|Tutor/s:||Mr. John Hewitt and Mr. Morgan Rendall|
|T&L Activities:||Tutorial: Most lectures will be followed by a tutorial session, lasting typically 1 hr. The tutorial problems aim at providing students a deeper understanding of the theory taught and competence in applying the theory to practical design. Students are highly advised to take advantage of the tutorial sessions, as it possible to complete a significant proportion of assignments during the allocated sessions.
Independent Study: Students should expect that they may have to allocate about 7 - 8 hours a week to the course, which includes about 2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of tutorials, and 3-4 hours outside university working on tutorial questions or assignments.
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|
|Design of steel structures||Design (Level 3)|
|Advanced understanding of behaviour and design steel||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)|
|Interpretation and understanding of technical drawings and specifications||Information Seeking (Level 2)|
|Neat and logical setting out of solutions||Communication (Level 3)|
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.Design (Level 3)
Assignment: Three assignments. Assignment 1: Thin-walled beam theory (10%). Assigment 2: Flexural-torsional buckling (10%). Assignment 3: Plate buckling-Design (10%).
Final Exam: Written three-hour exam at the end of the semester. Questions will be in the three main areas of study: Thin-walled beam theory, Flexural-torsional buckling and Plate buckling-design.
|Policies & Procedures:||See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.|
Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
|Note on Resources:||
- Lecture notes compiled by Kim Rasmussen, Greg Hancock and Cao Hung Pham
- AS 4100-1998 Steel Structures
- AS 4100-1999 Commentary to AS 4100
- AS/NZS 4600:2005 Cold-formed Steel Structures
- HB 2.2: Australian Standards for Civil Engineering Students, Part 2 - Structural Engineering
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Introduction- Beam theory, uniform and warping torsion, nature of warping.|
|Displacements & strains, stress resultants.|
|Week 2||Equilibrium and governing equations, shear centre.|
|Revision – beam theory.|
|Week 3||Stability theory – fundamentals|
|Week 4||Fire Engineering.|
|Week 5||Flexural-torsional buckling, small and moderately large displ theory for beams.|
|Bifurcation, Euler columns.|
|Week 6||Flexural-torsional buckling theory, buckling of columns.|
|Flexural-torsional buckling of beams.|
|Week 7||Revision – flexural-torsional buckling.|
|Design of columns and beams, AS4100 and AS/NZS4600.|
|Week 8||Plates, strain-displ rel, stress-strain rel, stress resultants.|
|Equilibrium, Plate buckling eqn for ss plate.|
|Week 9||Classical plate buckling equations for uniform compression.|
|Buckling of plates w/elastic restraint.|
|Week 10||Energy method for plates.|
|Buckling of plates w/edge and intm stiffeners. Orthotropic plates THIN-WALL demonstration.|
|Week 11||Post-buckling behaviour and strength of plates.|
|Design of channel section and Lab demonstration.|
|Week 12||Direct Strength Method.|
|Design of plates and sections, AS4100 and AS/NZS4600.|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final Exam|
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This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 3)||Yes||4.28%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)||Yes||54.85%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)||No||36.57%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||Yes||0%|
|Communication (Level 3)||Yes||4.28%|
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.