Steel Structures and Design

Module aims

This course aims to:

  • Teach both the fundamentals of design of elements of structural steelwork and the conceptual design of a range of structural framing systems. This is achieved through issues related to structural form and behaviour, analysis, practical considerations in steel fabrication and codification using EC3. 
  • Integrate some of the structural analysis studied in previous years such that it can be used to provide approximate and quick design methods for guidance on initial sizing.
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Learning outcomes

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

  • Develop framing schemes for both low and high rise steel structures. 
  •  Design braced frame systems using simple connection details. 
  •  Design composite beam sections and apply this knowledge to design a composite floor.  
  • Produce design calculations and accompanying technical drawings to a professional standard.  
  • Carry out simple structural design computations for beam and column framed systems. 
  • Appreciate the effects of modelling assumptions on the behaviour of frame systems.  
  • Determine the response of frames using simple techniques for design purposes.  
  • Understand the background to some of the key checks required for frames in EC3.  
  • Carry out the effective design of frame structures to EC3.

Module syllabus

Topics include: 

  • Unrestrained beams: LTB. 
  • Simple Building Frame Design including: Floor systems; Behaviour of Bracing systems; Beam Column Behaviour.  
  • Composite beams.  
  • Tall building systems. 

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Margaret Szabo