UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT5533 Studies in Complex Structures

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines complex structural systems and how different materials perform optimally in different conditions for different applications. Led by very experienced practicing structural engineers working in collaboration with architecture design staff from the Faculty, the unit tackles different contemporary topics and agendas from year to year. The approach in each case is to examine the way in which a particular complex structure works, what the physics underpinning the system are, and how a particular material is chosen to optimise the structural typology. Projects using timber, steel, concrete, earth, masonry and new carbon-based materials are included.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) better evaluate structural systems appropriate to architectural design; (2) gain a better knowledge of the structural properties of various materials; and (3) gain a better knowledge of the behaviour of complex structures.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research project proposal; and (2) research project (may include physical models, digital models, drawings and a short report). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Patrick Beale
Contact hours seminars: 1 hour per week; research workshops: 2 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
Note Resource information will accompany each proposed research topic.

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