Teaching behaviour and approximate analysis of structural systems

Philippe Duffour, Andrew Foster

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    Abstract

    A new and innovative master's level course has been developed at University College London (UCL) offering a systematic grounding in the behaviour of structural systems. Students are taught how to tackle complicated structural problems using a combination of simpler structural subsystems. In so doing, students are encouraged to examine the underlying physics of the problems and how this might influence the overall structural form and composition of structural systems. To enable confident and intuitive decision making, structural systems are first presented in qualitative terms. Once essential decisions on the composition of the structural system have been made, students are then shown how to provide initial estimates of element sizes and cost comparisons through approximate structural analysis techniques. Furthermore, students are then made aware of how these methods can be used at later project stages to judge the accuracy of solutions to more detailed, computer-aided approaches. The course is organised around a set of structural subsystems. Each is taught in terms of their behaviour, application, methods of approximate analysis, and preliminary design procedures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages258-259
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
    EventIABSE Conference, Bath 2017: Creativity and Collaboration - Instilling Imagination and Innovation in Structural Design - Bath, United Kingdom
    Duration: 19 Apr 201720 Apr 2017

    Conference

    ConferenceIABSE Conference, Bath 2017: Creativity and Collaboration - Instilling Imagination and Innovation in Structural Design
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityBath
    Period19/04/1720/04/17

    Keywords

    • Approximate Analysis
    • Structural Behaviour
    • Structural Systems
    • Structures Teaching

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