MCS501
Last Updated  S022023 
Unit Name  Structural Analysis 
Unit Code  MCS501 
Unit Duration  1 Term (online) or 1 Semester (oncampus) 
Award 
Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Civil: Structural) Duration: 1 year
Master of Engineering (Civil: Structural) Duration: 2 years 
Year Level  1^{st} 
Unit Creator / Reviewer  Dr Medhat Boutros & Dr Muhammad Rahman / Dr. Milind Siddhpura 
Core/Elective:  Core 
Pre/Corequisites  None 
Credit Points 
3 Grad Dip total course credit points = 24 (3 credits x 8 (units))
Masters total course credit points = 48 (3 credits x 12 (units) + 12 credits (Thesis)) 
Mode of Delivery  Online or oncampus. 
Unit Workload 
10 hours per week: Lecture – 1 hour Tutorial – 1 hour Practical / Lab – 1 hour (where applicable) Personal Study recommended – 7 hours (guided and unguided) 
Unit Description and General Aims
This unit introduces stiffness (displacement) analysis procedures of statically indeterminate structures.
First, the basic principles for structural analysis and the basic operations of the matrix algebra are reviewed.
Then, longhand solutions are practised using matrix analysis and successive corrections (moment distribution) in the analysis of plane skeletal structures. Commercial structural analysis software SPACE GASS is then used for the analyse structures.
Finally, the Finite Element method is introduced with particular focus on the formulation of stiffness matrix equations using constitutive relations and shape functions for spring, bar and beam elements. Finite Element software is then used to analyse practical structures with emphasis on modelling techniques and accuracy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:
 Evaluate beams and frames using the matrix stiffness method.
 Bloom’s Level 5
 Evaluate beams and frames using the momentdistribution method.
 Bloom’s Level 5
 Determine and derive stiffness and load matrices using Finite Element procedures.
 Bloom’s Level 5
 Synthesis 3D structures using Finite Element software.
 Bloom’s Level 6
Student assessment
Note  all assessments submissions are mandatory for passing the unit.
Assessment Type 
When assessed 
Weighting (% of total unit marks) 
Learning Outcomes Assessed 
Assessment 1 Type: Weekly Quizzes Topics: Topics 2 to 11 . 
Weekly 
10% 
All 
Assessment 2 Type: Test (Invigilated) Example Topic: Analysis of beams and frames using the momentdistribution method. 
After Topic 5 
25% 
2 
Assessment 3 Type: Practical (Report) Example Topic: Analysis of trusses and beams using the finite element method and/or the finite element software. 
After Topic 9 
25% 
3  4 
Assessment 4 Type: Practical (Report) Example Topic: Analyse frames/beams using Finite Element software  in each case describe and discuss:

Final week 
35% 
3  4 
Attendance 
Continuous 
5% 
1  4 
Prescribed and Recommended readings
Required textbook
 R. C. Hibbeler, Structural Analysis, 10^{th} Edition. Pearson, 2019  ISBN: 9781292247236
Recommended textbook(s)
 Ghali, A.; Neville, A.M. and Brown, T.G.; “Structural Analysis: a unified classical and matrix approach” 7^{th} edition; Taylor and Francis, 2017
 Kassimali A., “Structural Analysis”, 5^{th} edition, Cengage Learning, 2015
 Cook, R. D., Malkus, D. S., Plesha, M. E., and Witt, R. J., “Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis”, 4^{th} edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2002.
 Kenneth Derucher, Chandrasekhar Putcha, Uksun Kim; “Indeterminate structural analysis”, Chapter 3.
Reference Materials
A number of peerreviewed journals and websites as advised below (and during lectures);
 National and international technical journals: Finite Elements in Analysis and Design(https://www.journals.elsevier.com/finiteelementsinanalysisanddesign)
 Specific material to be advised during the lectures.
Unit Content
One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of parttime 24week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.
Topic 1
Introduction:
 Basic principles of structural analysis
 Basic operations of matrix algebra
Topic 2
Stiffness Matrix Method (Part 1):
 Fundamentals of the stiffness matrix method
 Derivation of the stiffness matrices for beam elements
 Analysis of beams using the stiffness matrix method
Topic 3
Stiffness Matrix Method (Part 2):
 Analysis of frames using the stiffness matrix method.
 BMD & SFD of Frame
Topic 4
Stiffness Matrix Method (Part 3):
 Analysis of frames using SPACE GASS (Part 1)
 Analysis of frames using SPACE GASS (Part 2)
Topic 5
MomentDistribution Method (Part 1):
 Introduction and definition of terms
 Basic concept of the MomentDistribution Method
Topic 6
MomentDistribution Method (Part 2):
 Analysis of frames: without sidesway
 BMD & SFD of without sidesway frame
Topic 7
MomentDistribution Method (Part 3):
 Analysis of frames: with sidesway
 BMD & SFD of with sidesway frame
Topic 8
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (Part 1):
 Fundamentals of the finite element analysis
 Formulation of the stiffness matrix for the spring element
 Examples: spring element
Topic 9
Application of the finite element method using commercial software:
 Preprocessor
 Analysis
 Assessment of the results and their accuracy.
Topic 10
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (Part 2):
 Formulation of the stiffness matrix for the bar element
 Examples: bar element
Topic 11
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (Part 3):
 Formulation of the stiffness matrix for the beam element
 Examples: beam element
Topic 12
Project and Unit Review
In the final week students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work, to clarify any outstanding issues, and to work on finalising the major assessment report.
Engineers Australia
The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.
Stage 1 Competencies and Elements Competency  
1.  Knowledge and Skill Base 
1.1  Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 
1.2  Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. 
1.3  Indepth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 
1.4  Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. 
1.5  Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. 
1.6  Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. 
2.  Engineering Application Ability 
2.1  Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. 
2.2  Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. 
2.3  Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. 
2.4  Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. 
3.  Professional and Personal Attributes 
3.1  Ethical conduct and professional accountability. 
3.2  Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. 
3.3  Creative, innovative and proactive demeanor. 
3.4  Professional use and management of information. 
3.5  Orderly management of self and professional conduct. 
3.6  Effective team membership and team leadership. 
Software/Hardware Used
Software

Software: SPACE GASS and ABAQUS

Version: Student version

Instructions: N/A

Additional resources or files:
http://www.spacegass.com/training/
Hardware
 N/A