Advanced Structural Concrete
Concrete: constituents and their properties, plastic and hardened properties, strength, durability and influencing factors as well as strengths, stiffness, fracture parameters, loading/environmental conditions, constitutive relationships, plastic and visco-plastic models, cracking models.
Reinforcement: properties, bond-slip, stiffening, dowel action, constitutive relationships.
Reinforced concrete (RC): stress-strain relationship of concrete and steel and their relevance to reinforced concrete design, the importance of the interaction between concrete and steel and its influence on RC behaviour and structural response.
Durability of reinforced concrete: durability of reinforced concrete and influencing factors.
Basic principles of:
EC2: design of (prestressed) concrete structures and components.
EC4: Design of composite structures.
Advanced Structural Steel Design
Eurocodes: EN1990, EN1991 and EN 1993
Lattice girder design: secondary bracing and secondary bending systems.
Buckling Instability: modes of buckling instability, i.e. local, flexural, LTB, torsional etc.
Structural stability of frames: second-order effects.
Buckling behaviour of thin plates: in-plane compression, shear, bending and bearing.
Plate Girder Design: single span plate girder design, i.e. flanges, webs, stiffeners & welds.
Fatigue Analysis: constant/variable amplitude fatigue loading, S-N curves, cycle counting using rainflow and reservoir methods. The use of EN 1993-1-9 in relation to weld design.
corrosion, creep, fatigue, fracture, ageing, weathering, protection systems, soil failures, effects of ground water
Loading effects, climatic conditions, construction procedures, temporary works
Site investigation, collecting and gathering evidence, lab testing, modelling failures, safety considerations during investigations
Presenting data, findings, conclusions and recommendations aurally and through written reports,
Expert witness presentations, court proceedings, codes of practice, legal consequences
Research Theory and Experimentation: research hypothesis, research design, experimentation and data gathering, hypothesis testing and data analysis
Research Presentation: abstracts, synopses, documentation, writing, referencing and presentation
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Design
Introduction: types and sources of dynamic loading, structural vibration and consequences;
Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems: motion, natural frequency, undamped/damped free vibration, excitation response, numerical analysis;
Multi-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) systems: property matrices, mode shapes, mode superposition;
Continuous systems: longitudinal/transverse vibration;
Case studies: earthquake ground motion;
Eurocode 1998 (EC8): Design of structures for earthquake resistance.