Last Updated  S022020 
MCS505
Unit Name  Advanced Structural Engineering Methods Part 1 
Unit Code  MCS505 
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 Subhra Majhi 
Core/Elective:  Core 
Pre/Corequisites  MCS502  Structural Analysis 
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 Lecture  1 hours Practical / Lab  1 hour (where applicable) Personal Study recommended  7 hours (guided and unguided) 
Unit Description and General Aims
This unit deals with advanced topics in mechanics of materials. The constitutive relations of elastic media are introduced and applied to analyse planestress problems: deep beams, corbels and torsion of thinwalled beams. Then, the deformations of beams in torsion are elaborated including uniform torsion, stresses and deformations due to warping, nonuniform torsion and the effects of diaphragms on the deformation of closed sections.
Bending, twisting and deflections of thin flat plates is studied and applied to deduce the differential equation of plate bending. Elastic plates and slabs are analysed by analytical and numerical techniques.
Plastic mechanisms are studied to determine ultimate load capacity of continuous beams, frames and isotropic and orthotropic slabs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:
 Formulate planestress structural cases and apply this knowledge to analyse 2D structures.
Bloom’s Level 6
 Determine the different modes of torsional deformation and the corresponding stress distributions and apply this knowledge to analyse open and closed sections with different deformation conditions.
Bloom’s Level 5
 Formulate the Differential Equation of bending of thin plates to analyse elastic plates:
 Rectangular and circular isotropic plates.
 Bridge decks.
Bloom’s Level 6
 Evaluate structures using plastic methods. Determine ultimate loading and plastic mechanisms by incremental and / or energy methods for cases of:
 Beams using incremental and energy methods;
 Frames using energy methods;
 Slabs using the yield line energy method.
Bloom’s Level 5
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: Up to topic 3 
After Topic 3  15%  1 
Assessment 2 Type: Proctored test / Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit / Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation Example: Short/Long answers and Problems to solve Topic: Up to topic 6 Example Topic: Analyse 2D plane stress in a problem set for cases of: . plates with inplane loading; . deep beams; . thinwalled webs of beams; . corbels 
After Topic 6  25%  2 
Assessment 3 Type: Practical assessments, Remote labs, Simulation software or Case studies, Project Report. Word length: 2000 (approx.) Example Topics: Determine deformations and stresses in thinwalled beams subjected to torsional actions in a problem set including: . Open and closed sections; . Beams with a variety of supports; . Finite Element application. 
After Topic 9  25%  14 
Assessment 4 Type: Project Report Word length: 3000 (approx.) Example Topic: Analyse plates and bridge decks in a problem set including: . Circular plates subjected to symmetrical loads; . Flat rectangular thin plates using analytical and numerical procedures; . Finite Element analysis. Example Topic: Perform plastic analysis and determine the ultimate loading for: . beams by incremental and energy methods; . frames by energy methods; . slabs by the yield line method; in a problem set. 
After Topic 12  30%  14 
Tutorial Attendance & Participation 
Continuous  5%  1  4 
Prescribed and Recommended readings
Prescribed textbook
 Russell C. Hibbeler, “Structural Analysis”; 8th Edition, ISBN13: 9780132570534, University of Louisiana, Lafayette,2012
 Weaver, William, and James M. Gere. Matrix analysis framed structures. Springer science & business media, 2012.
References 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.
 Timoshenko, S.P. and Goodier, J.N.; “Theory of Elasticity”; 3^{rd} edition; McGrawHill Int., 1970.
 Timoshenko, S.P. and WoinowskyKrieger, S; “Theory of Plates and Shells”; Dover Publications, 2012.
Reference Materials
Number of peerreviewed journals and websites as advised below (and during lectures);
 National and international technical journals.
 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 to Elasticity
 Deformation and stresses
 Constitutive relations
 Normal and principal stresses
 Shear and Torsional Stresses
Topic 2
Analysis of Beams and slabs – Part 1
 Development of mathematical formulation: Beam truss and plates
 Structural elements, joints and supports, stability, static and kinematic indeterminacy);
Topic 3
Analysis of Beams and slabs – Part 2
 Plastic analysis
Topic 4
Analysis of Beams and slabs – Part 3
 Yield Line theory: the yield line method analysis of slabs.
Topic 5
Analysis of Structures: Towards a computerbased analysis – Part 1
 Introduction to flexibility method
Topic 6
Analysis of Structures: Towards a computerbased analysis – Part 2
 Introduction to stiffness method
 Nonlinear analysis
Topic 7
Analysis of Structures: Towards a computerbased analysis – Part 3
 Nonlinear analysis
Topic 8
Introduction to Matrix Algebra
 Basics of matrix algebra for structural analysis: solution of linear simultaneous equations
Topic 9
Computer programming for structural analysis
 Development of Stiffness matrix for a Beams, Trusses and Frames
Topic 10
Computer programming for structural analysis
 Solution of Multiple degree of freedom structures: Beams, Trusses and Frames
Topic 11
Finite Elements – Part 1
 1D truss and Beam elements
Topic 12
Finite Elements – Part 2
 2D Elements formulation
 Introduction to 3D elements
 Review/Revision of previous topics (if needed)
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