CIVL4404 Structural Steel

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is designed to develop students' ability to apply fundamental knowledge and analysis methods for structural steel design based on Australian Standards such as AS1170 and AS4100. The topics covered include load calculations, design of tension member, design of compression member, design of bending member, design of combined actions, design of connections and fatigue design, etc. Students who pass the unit have opportunities to work in areas such as analysis and design, construction and management of steel structures. This is an introduction to the design of structural elements through the principles of limit states design. The unit includes the assessment of loads and load combinations, the assemblage of members to resist those loads and the design of individual members within an assemblage. Principal structural members are designed to resist tension, compression, bending and combinations of tension and compression with bending. Connections are a combination of both welded and bolted systems. Fatigue design of structural elements is also included. The main objectives of the unit are to develop students' ability to analyse structural loads and structural members and apply the results of these analyses to practical steel structure design.
Students are able to (1) discuss the design principles of structural steel (e.g. philosophy of limit state design, economy of steel constructions, benefits and limitations); (2) communicate effectively in written technical reports; (3) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy; (4) understand the basic theory behind structural steel design; (5) simplify a practical steel structure in a design; (6) design structural elements; (7) perform an economical steel structure design; (8) use AS1170 for load calculations; (9) design structural steel elements conforming to AS4100; and (10) explain fatigue load effect.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (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 Mohamed Elchalakani
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
CIVL3111 Structural Steel Design
Contact hours
lectures: 39 hours; practical classes: 24 hours

Gorenc, B., Tinyou, R. and Syam, A. Steel Designers' Handbook, 7th edn: University of New South Wales Press Ltd 2005

Australian Standards AS4100

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