UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CIVL4403 Structural Concrete

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides an introduction to the analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures and, to a lesser extent, of prestressed concrete design in accordance to the Australian Standard AS 3600-2009. The basic properties of concrete and reinforcing steel are investigated, and the influence of these properties on reinforced concrete design examined. Design for serviceability, strength, durability and robustness is addressed. Students are introduced to modern methods of analysing and designing basic structural elements, and assembling these elements into simple structural frames. The basic elements
considered are beams, slabs, columns, footings, retaining walls. Prestressed concrete beam topics include history, uncracked section analysis, equivalent loads, load-balancing, cracked section analysis (linear-elastic and ultimate), design for bending, shear, transfer, anchorage.

This unit will also provide you with opportunities to develop the following graduate attributes: the capacity for analytical and independent critical thinking; skills related to lifelong learning, such as self-reflection (ability to apply theory to practice in familiar and unfamiliar situations); and collaborative and teamwork skills.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) write professional reports of project design; (2) apply appropriate analysis techniques in the design process; (3) explain and identify load paths; (4) produce clear and concise written design calculations; (5) design simply supported, cantilevered and continuous beams for strength in bending and shear, anchorage length, deflection and crack control; (6) design short and slender columns for combined axial and bending actions; (7) design concentrically or eccentrically loaded isolated rectangular spread footings; (8) use knowledge of beams, columns and footings to design framed concrete structures; (9) design retaining walls; (10) design concrete structures for durability; and (11) understand basic prestressed concrete concepts.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class assessment; (2) project; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Farhad Aslani
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2110 Statics and Solid Mechanics or ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
Advisable prior study: ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
Incompatibility: CIVL3112 Structural Concrete Design
Contact hours lectures: 39 hours; tutorials: 12 hours; workshops: 12 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/CIVL4403/SEM-2/2017

Foster, S. J., Kilpatrick, A. E. and Warner, R. F. Reinforced Concrete Basics 2E: Pearson Education Australia 2010

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.