This module aims to extend the students’ design abilities to the behaviour of steel portal frames and basic timber and masonry structures. At the same time to examine in detail all three structural materials and apply to design the requirements of the relevant Eurocodes.
A. Combine knowledge acquired from construction materials and engineering structures in order to identify the various load conditions and analyze structural systems comprised by different materials.
B. Apply the theory of plasticity in order to analyze and design, steel portal frames, using the framework of EC3.
C. Use specific rules drawn from structural analysis in order to design timber structural systems subjected to combined vertical and horizontal loads, within the framework of EC5.
D. Use specific rules drawn from structural analysis in order to design masonry structural systems subjected to combined vertical and horizontal loads, within the framework of EC6.
E. Analyze and design within the framework of relevant Eurocodes the configuration of structural connections between timber-to-timber, steel-to timber and steel-to-steel structural elements.
F. Develop integrated solutions for given design problems.
Basic information is presented in the form of lectures on each material. The lectures are supplemented by a number of tutorial problems which the students attempt on their own. Coursework involving design of structures in all three materials is an essential component of the course. Ongoing laboratory projects relevant to the taught subjects may be included. Construction/manufacturing site visits may be included.