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Unit information: Design of Steel and Concrete Structures in 2018/19

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Unit name Design of Steel and Concrete Structures
Unit code CENG20013
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Norman
Open unit status Not open

CENG11700 Structural Engineering 1 or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit consists of the following elements: (i) Structural Concrete Design - to enable students to understand and use the design process for reinforced concrete elements and structures; (ii) Structural Steel Design - to enable students to gain a sound grasp of the principles of structural steelwork design; (iii) Concept Design - to enable students to gain the basic principles of concept design and apply their steel and concrete knowledge to provide creative solutions to design problems; (iv) Systems and safety to enhance students’ design capabilities by highlighting wider systems issues through failure case studies.

The concrete and steel syllabus is delivered in the context of realistic multi-storey buildings incorporating common beam, column and slab arrangements.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will:

1. have an awareness of the design process from conception to detailed design and have participated in the full design process

2. be able to carry out the detailed design of steel frame and concrete frame buildings by calculating loads, carrying out analysis and meeting serviceability limit state and ultimate limit state requirements,

3. be able to consider the health, safety and sustainability aspects of the design throughout the design, construction, use, demolition and reuse stages,

4. be able to clearly communicate designs through technical drawings and calculations

5. be able to produce a basic concept design for a building or other civil engineering structure considering a variety of design constraints, and to assess the suitability of their solution

6. be able to show an understanding of generic and specific factors that have contributed to a wide range of engineering failures and to relate these factors to the design process and their ethical responsibilities as a professional engineer.

Teaching details

Lectures 40 hours and design classes 40 hours

Assessment Details

100% Coursework including 2 in class tests (40% each) and two assignments (10% each)

Reading and References

Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for students of structural design. British Standards PP1990:2010

Arya C. Design of Structural Elements. Spon 2009

Mosley W. H. Reinforced Concrete Design To Eurocode 2, Macmillan, 2013

Trahair N.S. et al. The Behaviour And Design Of Steel Structures to EC3, 4th Edition, Taylor and Francis, 2008