Last Updated  S012021 
MCS501
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 
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
Assessment Type (e.g. Assignment  2000 word essay (specify topic) Examination (specify length and format)) 
When assessed (eg Week 5) 
Weighting (% of total unit marks)  Learning Outcomes Assessed 
Assessment 1 Type: Multichoice test (Proctored) / Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / SelfAssessment / Presentation Example Topic: Analysis of beams and frames using the stiffness matrix method. 
After Topic 5  15%  1 
Assessment 2 Type: Proctored test / Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation Example Topic: Analysis of beams and frames using the momentdistribution method. 
After Topic 7  25%  2 
Assessment 3 Type: Project Report / Remote Lab Practical or Software Simulation or Case studies. Word length: 3000 Example Topic: Analysis of trusses and beam using the finite element method and/or the finite element software. 
After Topic 10 
25%  3  4 
Assessment 4 Type: Project Report Word length: 4000 Example Topic: Analyse frames/beams using Finite Element software  in each case describe and discuss:

After Topic 12  30%  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.
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