CIVL4403 Structural Concrete

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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, and 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 students 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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) quizzes; and (3) a final examination. 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
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2110 Statics and Solid Mechanics,
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
CIVL3112 Structural Concrete Design
Contact hours
lectures: 39 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; workshops: 12 hours

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

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