Applied Dynamics - CI4-436
To introduce students to analysis techniques and design strategies that may be applied in order to assess the effects of extreme dynamic loadings and to design structures to most appropriately mitigate their effects. While the analysis techniques and design philosophies are often applicable to generic extreme loadings, the aim of the module is to focus upon methods most appropriate for seismic analysis and design.
Design Project - Dissertation - CI9-STR-18
Undertaken over the final four months of the course, students will aim to complete either:
- one group-based conceptual design project and a detailed individual design project, or
- one group-based conceptual design project and a research-oriented dissertation
Both the Conceptual and Detailed Design projects may be undertaken in the design of a steel or concrete building, or a bridge.
The principle aim of the Design Project – Dissertation is to assess the capability of students to undertake independent research-based work. While the research focus of the dissertations is relatively obvious, the detailed individual design projects also include a significant component of research.
Structural Reliability Theory - CI9-STR-36
- To introduce students to the fundamental concepts and principles of structural safety. The approach to assessing the safety of both new and existing structures is considered, with techniques relevant for the latter being emphasised.
- To introduce the students to the most common quantitative approaches of structural reliability theory as well as to enable students to understand how such quantitative probabilistic approaches manifest in codes of practice.
- While the principle aim of the course is to promote understanding of the methods of structural reliability theory, a secondary aim is for students to appreciate the power of probabilistic methods in structural engineering.
Geotechnical Hazards (CI4-452*, CI9-STR-37) - CI9-GEO-30
- To introduce the students to fundamental elements of engineering seismology and seismic hazard assessment, including the effects of soil deposits at the site, as well as to present basic concepts concerning other geohazards, such as volcanoes, tsunamis and landslides.
- To enable the students to use hazard assessment as a generic tool which can be applied to all types of geohazards.