Advanced Structural Engineering
The course provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of structural elements design according to Eurocodes.
It covers advanced aspects of structural engineering design of box beams for long-span bridges, steel-concrete composite beams and structural elements for bridges and buildings.
The course intends to provide you with best practice requirements for fire resistance design of structures.
Moreover, a review of case studies where movements (dimensional variations) caused severe cracking or failure will be investigated.
The course aim is to give graduates and professionals a background in the design of structures and an understanding on advanced topics in the subject with the use of new concepts, construction techniques and materials.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.
Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a postgraduate award.
Training Course Content
The course will include:
Structural classification and formulation of the analysis of pre-stressing forces at serviceability state:
- calculation of stresses and the determination of the tendon forces
- calculation of the permissible depth of the cable zone and the steel areas
- check the adequacy of the reinforcement arrangement
- estimation of pre-stress losses due to friction, elastic shortening, shrinkage and creep.
- box, I, T and U beams and hollow-core units.
- principles and requirements for safety, serviceability and design of composite steel and concrete structures.
- steel decking and composite slab design
- composite beams design.
Structural Fire Design:
The design of concrete structural elements is not generally affected by fire design requirements.
However, these can be a governing factor in the elements sizing, mainly in multi-storey buildings.
This part will focuses on the guidance given in Eurocodes on the sizing of structural elements for different fire resistance periods.
Control and prediction of movements/dimensional variations in structures at service:
- Calculation of dimensional variations
- Calculation of crack widths
- Case studies.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- understand and critically review the fundamental structural mechanics which are used in design codes of practice
- develop an in-depth understanding of the design processes for the design of complex concrete structures
- critically evaluate approaches used for control and prediction of movements in structures
- understand and critically review the requirements to ensure adequacy for fire resistance of structural elements
- apply theoretical principles of structural engineering to a varied range of design problems
- critically assess the design formulas and methods in structural design
- undertake structural design to an advanced level required by professionals
- apply theoretical principles for sizing of structural elements for fire resistance and control and prediction of movements in structures.
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