Design of Steel Buildings

Module aims

  • To teach the fundamentals of the conceptual design of a range of structural framing systems used in the construction sector. This is achieved through issues related to structural form and behaviour, analysis, practical considerations in steel fabrication and codification using EC3.
  • To integrate some of the structural analysis studied previously such that it can be used to provide approximate and quick design methods for guidance on initial sizing.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Develop stable framing schemes for both low and high rise steel structures.
  • Determine deflections of braced framed systems.
  • Design braced frame systems using simple connection details.
  • Understand the behaviour of composite floor morphologies.
  • Carry out simple structural design computations for beam and column framed systems.

Module syllabus

  • Introduction – steel construction and design.
  • Case studies of structural failure.
  • Simple Building Frame Design: Floor Systems; Behaviour of Bracing systems; Beam Column Behaviour.
  • Trusses – Basics.
  • Composite beams.
  • Floor systems – morphology and vibrations.
  • Tall Building systems.   

No.

Topic

Staff

01

Introduction, learning from failures

LL

02

Floor morphologies for multi-storey buildings, composite construction

LL

03

Composite construction

LL

04

global frame stability

LL

05

Behaviour of bracing systems

LL

06

Floor vibrations

LL

07

Tall buildings

LL

08

Workshop

LL

09

Workshop

LL

10

Tall buildings

LL

Pre-requisites

CI9-STR-24, CI9-STR-19, CI9-STR-34

Teaching methods

The application of the design issues is assessed through a group based coursework exercise and an examination.

Assessments

Assessment will be via coursework and written examination. The weighting of exam to coursework is 70:30. Students are required to bring BS EN1993-1-1:2005 and the Section Table Booklet to the examination.

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Luke Louca