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Structural Theory and Design 2 (CVEN90049)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCVEN90049
Semester 1
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This subject introduces more advanced methods of structural analysis and design, and their applications to the engineering of reinforced concrete and structural steel in compliance with the standards. Students will be given the opportunity to integrate the use of different materials into the design of contemporary structures through design projects. This subject would typically be that final subject in the sequence of structural engineering subjects for civil engineering students who do not want to specialise in structural engineering.


Topics covered include: structural analyses of beams and frames by the stiffness matrix method; computer analysis using SPACEGASS; virtual work and influence line diagram; design of thin walled sections, structural design of reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns; structural design of steel beams, columns and connections.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Implement Displacements Methods (involving the use of stiffness matrices) for the analysis of indeterminate beams and frames
  2. Be familiar with a structural analysis package (eg. Spacegass) as applied to a common structural system
  3. Implement Virtual Displacement method and reciprocal theorem for the construction of Influence lines
  4. Implement the design of RC beams, columns and slabs with combined loading
  5. Implement the design of thin walled sections for the determination of the shear centre and torsional analysis
  6. Describe the concepts of uniform/non-uniform torsion; asymmetrical bending
  7. Design structural systems involving the combined use of materials.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design for operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Last updated: 22 August 2019