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Unit information: Methods of Structural Analysis in 2020/21

Unit name Methods of Structural Analysis
Unit code CENG20019
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Alexander
Open unit status Not open

Introductory Structural Analysis (CENG10007) or equivalent and Engineering Mathematics 1 (EMAT10100) or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit introduces students to methods of structural analysis e.g., to analyse simple frames in bending by hand; to understand the behaviour of structural members (e.g., beams of varying cross-section) under different loading conditions and to calculate the stresses generated, to use numerical analysis techniques commonly encountered in engineering thus allowing students to develop their ability to critically appraise results obtained using these methods in the form of a concise report.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

(1) Qualitatively draw the forces and deflections for complex structures;

(2) Analyse continuous beams, simple 2D frames in bending & beams of varying sections under torsional loads;

(3) Calculate failure loads of typical structural elements;

(4) Structure complex problems in a systematic approach;

(5) Employ numerical analysis techniques to solve these problems using a computer;

(6) Assess the validity of numerically obtained results and evaluate the limitations of utilized analysis techniques.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Group assignment report 50%(ILOs 2, 4, 5, & 6).

Short coursework assignment (1 week) 50% (ILOs 1-4).

Reading and References

  • Structural Analysis (in SI Units) 10 June 2016 by Russell C. Hibbeler
  • Mechanics of Materials (in SI Units) 16 Feb 2015 by Ferdinand Beer, E. Russell Johnston
  • Applied Numerical Methods with Matlab for Engineers and Scientists, by Steven C. Chapra
  • Essential Matlab for Engineers and Scientists, by Brian H. Hahn and Daniel T. Valentine