SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH224643
Module Leader Gholam Jamnejad
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Structural Engineering, Ground Engineering.

Summary of Content

1. Plastic Design of Continuous Beams and Frames; 2. The Yield-line method of analysis of reinforced concrete slabs; 3. Design of steel, concrete and timber structures subjected to fire; 4. Co-ordinated Group Design Project.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas:- The Plastic Design of Structures; Application of the Mechanism Method - Single-span Members, Continuous Beams and Portal Frames; Yield-Line Method for Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs - Energy Method, Equilibrium of Slab Parts; Stiffness Method Applied to the Analysis and Design of Structural Elements and Complete Structures; Computer Aided Non Linear Analysis of Structural Elements; Design of Steel, Concrete and Timber Structures Subjected to Fire.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Analyse and design a single beam, fixed-ended and continuous beams, rectangular portal frames and frames with inclined members;2. Calculate the required bending resistance and hence the necessary reinforcement for slabs of regular and non-regular geometry or loading;3. Design steel, concrete and timber structures that may be subjected to fire;4. Work as a team member on a coordinated group project.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will be by lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises. The use of computers will occupy a large proportion of tutorial time. After completion of the taught content of the syllabus from week one to seven, students will be divided to groups and each group will be allocated a coordinated civil engineering design project to be completed by the week 20.

Indicative Reading

Plastic Design of low-rise frames, M.R. Horne and L.J. Morris 1985 ISBN 0246111992. Structural Analysis A. Ghali and A M Neville 1983 ISBN 0412149907. Reinforced concrete designer's manual, tenth edition, Reynold and Steedman. British Standard BS8110 Structural Eurocodes- EN 199 - 1 - 5 Structures exposed to fire. Structural Design for Fire Safety, Andrew H Buchanan, Pub. Wiley 2002. Design of Steel Structures Subjected to Fire, Franssen & Zahria, mPub. nLes Editions de l'Universite de Leige, 2006. MacLeod, I. A (2005) Modern structural analysis: modelling processes ans guidance, Thomas Telford, London. Steward, D. (2003) Understanding Structures: analysis, materials, design, 3rd ed, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Transferrable Skills

The ability to analyse and break down complex structural systems into simple elements and develop a mathematical model, hence adopt a design approach that will produce a safe, realistic an appropriate design.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 126.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 n/a End of Term Test
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 n/a Assignment consisting of design of different structures . The students are assigned individual analysis project.
Exam (School) 1.50 25.00 n/a Structured Answer Class Test