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Unit information: Elastic Analysis of Structures in 2018/19

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Unit name Elastic Analysis of Structures
Unit code CENG20014
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Alexander
Open unit status Not open

CENG11700 Structural Engineering or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Aims: To analyse simple frames in bending by hand; To understand the behaviour of structural members under different loading conditions and to calculate the stresses generated;

This unit seeks to give students the skills and knowledge required to analyse plane frames and multi-span beams and to determine the resulting stresses. Mathematical models for stress calculations are extended to beams of different cross-sections and elasto-plastic behaviour.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will:

  1. understand how loads are carried by complex structures and be able to qualitatively draw the forces and deflections in such structures;
  2. be able to analyse continuous beams and simple 2D frames in bending;
  3. be able to calculate stresses caused by bending and torsion of beams of different sections;
  1. understand the theory of failure of struts and be able to calculate failure loads of typical elements

Teaching details

22 Lectures, 11 example classes and experimental classes

Assessment Details

100% 2 hour examination in January (2 hours)

Reading and References

  • Structural Analysis (in SI Units) 10 Jun 2016 by Russell C. Hibbeler
  • Mechanics of Materials (in SI Units) 16 Feb 2015 by Ferdinand Beer, E. Russell Johnston