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CIVL9235: Structural Analysis (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL9235: Structural Analysis (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Amin, Ali
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The objectives of this unit are to provide an understanding of the principles of structural analysis by introducing the strain-displacement, stress-strain and equilibrium relationships for beam members; applying the relationships to the matrix displacement analysis of frame structures; and using computer software to conduct the linear-elastic and buckling analyses of frame structures. At the end of this unit, students will be able to deduce appropriate structural models for frame structures; and use computer methods and simple hand methods to obtain internal forces and displacements as well as buckling loads for frame structures. The syllabus comprises theoretical background (strain-displacement, stress-strain and equilibrium relationships), structural analysis software, matrix displacement method, beam theory, introduction to nonlinear analysis, buckling analysis.
Assumed Knowledge: This unit of study assumes previous study of the fundamental principles of structural mechanics obtained from CIVL9201 or equivalent introductory structural mechanics subject.
Lecturer/s: Khezri, Mani
Timetable: CIVL9235 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 6.00 13

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Carry out buckling analyses of columns and frames
2. Perform nonlinear analyses and understand the differences from the linear-elastic analyses
3. Evaluate and compare the results of computer analyses with those obtained by hand calculations
4. Analyse statically determinate structures using the method of joints, the method of section and equilibrium considerations
5. Apply the fundamental methods of linear-elastic analysis, which include the stiffness method
6. Derive the differential equations which form the basis of beam theory and learn how to apply the appropriate boundary conditions
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 5 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
2 Assignment 1 No 10.00 Week 8 3, 5,
3 Quiz 2* No 15.00 Week 9 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
4 Assignment 2 No 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 5,
5 Quiz 3* No 15.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
6 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

For assignments, 10% penalty/day will be applied to late submission.

Assignments 1 is a set of calculation exercises to enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the stiffness method. Assignment 2 is further set of calculation exercises relating to the linear-elastic, nonlinear and buckling behaviour of structural systems.

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.
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 . 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.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to structural analysis. Revision: functions, matrix algebra, mechanics of solids.
Week 2 Statics of structures. Analysis of statically determinate trusses using method of joints and method of sections.
Week 3 Introduction to indeterminate trusses. Truss analysis using the stiffness method.
Week 4 Beam analysis using the stiffness method.
Week 5 Frame analysis using the stiffness method. Member loading.
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 6 Moment distribution.
Week 7 Beam theory: Euler-Bernoulli beam model.
Week 8 Moment-area method.
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 9 Moment-area method. Examples.
Assessment Due: Quiz 2*
Week 10 Introduction to nonlinear analysis and numerical modelling.
Week 11 Conjugate beam method.
Week 12 Introduction to the structural stability of columns.
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 13 Revision
Assessment Due: Quiz 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) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

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

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.