Building on the students’ knowledge of structural analysis, materials and construction, this unit introduces students to the design of complete structures to a specified brief. Structural materials including steel and prestressed concrete are covered. Students will apply appropriate Australian Standards to calculate loads and design specific structural elements to develop solutions that satisfy strength and serviceability limit states. Engineering sketch techniques, suitable to convey engineering solutions to drafting personnel, will be developed.
Unit contentTopic 1: Introduction to steel structures and portal frame design
Topic 2: Calculation of wind loads
Topic 3: Design of steel members and connections to AS4100
Topic 4: Introduction to prestressed design of concrete structures including pre-tensioning and post-tensioning
Topic 5: Calculation of stresses, losses and deflections in prestressed concrete structures
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Demonstrate an ability to undertake the process of identifying and formulating design problems||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Design structural elements and entire structures to meet stipulated function and performance objectives||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Use relevant Australian Standards and codes of practice to analyse and design structures||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Demonstrate an understanding of the behaviour of steel as a structural material||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Design connections and structural steel members in tension, compression, bending and combined actions||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Demonstrate an ability to reduce a complex design project to a set of discrete tasks which are tractable and yet lead to a practical and appropriate overall solution||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||Produce effective and accurate sketches suitable to communicate design ideas to drafting personnel||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Australian Standard , 1998, AS 4100-1998: Steel Structures.
- Australian Standard, 2011, AS/NZ 1170.2-2011: Structural design actions (Part 2: Wind actions).
- Bradford, MA, Bridge, RQ, & Trahair, NS, 2013, Worked examples for steel structures – According to strength limit states of AS4100-1998, 4th edn, AISC, Sydney.
- Gorenc, B, Tinyou, R & Syam, A, 2012, Steel designers' handbook, 8th edn, UNSW Press, NSW, Australia. ISBN: 9781742233413.
Teaching and assessment
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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