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CS3000 - Structural Analysis

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Determinate structures - Review of beam theory and deflections of beams and frames by integration and moment area methods; Beam deflections by conjugate beam method; Deflections of beams, trusses and frames by energy methods; Virtual work principle, virtual force method, virtual displacement method, thermals effects, Maxwell's and Betti's Laws, Castigliano's theorems; Influence lines, Muller-Breslau's principle. Indeterminate structures - Degree of indeterminancy, external and internal indeterminancies, compatibility conditions, superposition and consistent deformation method, virtual work method, Castigliano's method, applications to beams, frames and trusses; Slope deflection method; Moment distribution method. Plastic design of steel frames; stress-strain curve for steel, moment curvature relationship, plastic modulus of section. Buckling of elastic structures, Euler loads, buckling modes, long and short columns, secant formula; tangent modulus and secant modulus methods.

Learning Outcomes

  • undertaking structural engineering problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • in-depth technical competence in calculating deflections in beams, frames and trusses using appropriate methods;
  • ability to solve a variety of indeterminate beam, frame and truss problems.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (55%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Assignment - (15%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (10%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: CS2003 AND MA2000


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coord/Lect: Professor John Ginger.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 3 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.