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CIVL5269: Concrete Structures: Serviceability and Strength (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL5269: Concrete Structures: Serviceability and Strength (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Reid, Stuart
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CIVL3205 OR CIVL5507.
Brief Handbook Description: Objectives:

This Unit reviews the fundamental concepts of ‘elastic’ behaviour of reinforced concrete structures and introduces models of behaviour and methods of analysis related to the time-dependent effects of creep and shrinkage (at service loads). This Unit also examines the non-linear (strain-softening) behaviour of reinforced concrete and the related effects concerning the strength of statically-indeterminate reinforced concrete structures. In particular, this Unit examines the concepts of ductility, moment-redistribution and plastic design (for beams and slabs). Strut-and-tie modelling of reinforced concrete members is also described.

Outcomes:

This Unit will provide students with the following knowledge and skills:

* understanding of the fundamental concepts and theoretical models concerning the time-dependent structural effects of concrete creep and shrinkage

* ability to carry out calculations to estimate ‘elastic’ load-effects (stresses/strains/deformations) for reinforced concrete structures (at service loads), accounting for the time-dependent effects of concrete creep and shrinkage

* understanding of the fundamental concepts and theoretical models of the strain-softening behaviour of reinforced concrete (in flexure)

* understanding of the fundamental concepts and numerical models of ductility and moment redistribution for reinforced concrete beams

* ability to quantitatively assess the ductility and moment-redistribution capacity of reinforced concrete beams

* understanding of the fundamental concepts and numerical models of plastic behaviour and design for reinforced concrete beams and slabs (including yield-line analysis).

* ability to determine the ultimate plastic load-carrying capacity of statically-indeterminate reinforced-concrete beams and slabs

* ability to use strut-and-tie models of reinforced concrete behaviour
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Reid, Stuart
Timetable: CIVL5269 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 2 12
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 2.00 1 1
4 Independent Study 5.00 1 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
ability to formulate and solve problems using appropriate methods of analysis Design (Level 4)
advanced expertise required for engineering analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures in relation to: the time dependent effects of creep and shrinkage; the effects of strain softening and plasticity; and the effects of cracking, including strut and tie actions. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
understanding of the theoretical concepts and engineering models that provide the basis for current methods of analysis and calculation procedures for reinforced concrete structures in relation to: the time dependent effects of creep and shrinkage; the effects of strain softening and plasticity; and the effects of cracking, including strut and tie actions. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)

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 4)
1. ability to carry out calculations to estimate ‘elastic’ load-effects (stresses/strains/deformations) for reinforced concrete structures (at service loads), accounting for the time-dependent effects of concrete creep and shrinkage
2. ability to determine the ultimate plastic load-carrying capacity of statically-indeterminate reinforced-concrete beams and slabs
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. ability to quantitatively assess the ductility and moment-redistribution capacity of reinforced concrete beams
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
4. understanding of the fundamental concepts and theoretical models concerning the time-dependent structural effects of concrete creep and shrinkage
5. understanding of the fundamental concepts and theoretical models of the strain-softening behaviour of reinforced concrete (in flexure)
6. understanding of the fundamental concepts and numerical models of ductility and moment redistribution for reinforced concrete beams
7. understanding of the fundamental concepts and numerical models of plastic behaviour and design for reinforced concrete beams and slabs (including yield-line analysis).
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 25.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Mid-Sem Exam No 25.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
3 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Assignments: moment redistribution; yield line analysis; and strut and tie modelling.

Mid-Sem Exam: 90 min exam on topics to be advised

Final Exam: 2 hr final exam on topics to be advised
Assessment Feedback: Feedback from assignments.
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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 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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Reinforced Concrete Basics
  • Reinforced Concrete: Mechanics and Design
  • Reinforced concrete - the designers handbook
Note on Resources: - AS3600 Concrete Structures Code

- AS HB2.2 Structural Engineering Standards

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 Description
Week 1 yield line analysis of slabs
Week 2 yield line analysis of slabs (including lab test)
Week 3 yield line analysis of slabs (lab report due)
Week 4 lower bound methods of analysis for slabs; elastic distribution of moments (including torsion).
Week 5 review of fundamentals of structural analysis
Week 6 time-dependent effects of creep and shrinkage
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 7 time-dependent effects of creep and shrinkage
Week 8 Ductility; plastic hinges
Week 9 moment redistribution
Week 10 moment redistribution
Week 11 strut and tie modelling (PG)
Week 12 strut and tie modelling (PG)
Week 13 Special topics; Review (SGR, PG)
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
Master of Engineering (Structures) 2011, 2012
Civil 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Graduate Certificate in Engineering 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Graduate Diploma in Engineering 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (2013+ ) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 28.58%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 14.29%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 57.16%

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.