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CIVL6267: Steel Structures - Advanced Analysis and Design (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL6267: Steel Structures - Advanced Analysis and Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Bambach, Mike
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CIVL5267.
Brief Handbook Description: This Unit covers: a) Principles of the design of cold-formed steel structural members, where reference is made to the Australian Standard AS/NZS4600, explaining the underlying theory for its provisions; and b) The behaviour of steel columns under transverse impact loads, where reference is made to design procedures established in the research literature. The objectives are to provide students with advanced knowledge of steel structural design and confidence to apply the underlying principles to solve a wide range of structural steel problems.

This Unit will provide students with the following knowledge and skills: An understanding of the basic principles of reliability based design on steel structures; An understanding of the relationship between structural analysis and design provisions; An understanding of the background to the design provisions for cold-formed steel structures; Proficiency in applying the provisions of AS/NZS4600 to columns and beams; An understanding of the behaviour of steel columns under transverse impact; Proficiency in performing structural analyses of steel columns subjected to transverse impact loads.

Syllabus Summary:

Limit states design philosophy and approaches, Loading standards, Methods of analysis, Interrelationship between analysis and design, Flexural members section and member capacity, Compression members section and member capacity, Plastic collapse mechanisms and Impact resistance, of structural steel members.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Timetable: CIVL6267 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Lectures will be followed by a tutorial session. The tutorial problems aim at providing students a deeper understanding of the theory taught and competence in applying the theory to practical design. Students are highly advised to take advantage of the tutorial sessions, as it possible to complete a significant proportion of assignments during the allocated sessions.

Independent Study: Students should expect that they may have to allocate about 8 - 9 hours a week to the course, which includes about 5-6 hours outside university working on tutorial questions or assignments.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(4) Design (Level 4)
1. An understanding of the relationship between structural analysis and design provisions.
2. An understanding of the background to the design provisions for cold-formed steel structures.
3. An understanding of the behaviour of steel columns under transverse impact.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
4. Proficiency in applying the provisions of AS/NZS4600 to columns and beams.
5. Proficiency in performing structural analyses of steel columns subjected to transverse impact loads.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
6. An understanding of the basic principles of reliability based design of steel structures.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 20.00 Week 5 1, 2, 4, 6,
2 Assignment 2 No 10.00 Week 8 1, 2, 4, 6,
3 Assignment 3 No 20.00 Week 13 1, 3, 5, 6,
4 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 6,
Assessment Description: Assignments: There are 3 written assignments. Total weight: 50%. Late assignment submissions: subtract 10% of the total mark per day late.

Final Exam: Final 3 hour exam. The exam is open book.

Criteria for Passing: a total mark of at least 50% (there is no minimum mark requirement for the exam in order to pass this unit).

There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.

The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: "AS/NZS 4600: 2005, Cold-formed Steel Structures" may be accessed (and printed) through the Library Standards Online portal. Purchase is not required. Small extracts will be provided in the lecture notes and exam.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Effective width design to AS/NZS4600 - Elastic buckling
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Effective width design to AS/NZS4600 - Effective widths
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Effective width design to AS/NZS4600 - Column design
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Effective width design to AS/NZS4600 - Beam design
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: DSM design to AS/NZS4600 - The Direct Strength Method (DSM)
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: DSM design to AS/NZS4600 - THIN-WALL 2 software
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: DSM design to AS/NZS4600 - DSM design of columns and beams
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: LSDYNA software demonstration
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Impacts on steel structures - Plastic analysis
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Impacts on steel structures - Finite displacement theory
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Impacts on steel structures - Transverse impact of solid steel section columns
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Impacts on steel structures - Transverse impact of tubular steel section columns
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Exam revision
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2016
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2016

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 50%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 25%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 25%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.