Contemporary Themes in Structural Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: October 2018
  • Course duration: Four Saturdays

This course evaluates some contemporary themes in structural engineering including railway track systems, earthquake engineering, structural forms and structural optimisation.

The course aims to:

  • Provide advanced understanding of highly specialised areas within structural engineering such as track systems and structural forms
  • Optimise the design of structures using seismic analysis
  • Develop the skills to select and use relevant computer programs for solving problems related to specialised topics in structural engineering
  • Develop skills to apply various design codes and an ability to establish and evaluate them critically

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Comprehensively explain and critique engineering principles applied across a wide range of applications in structural engineering
  • Produce computer based models to systematically assess wide range of contemporary structural engineering problems and challenges and be aware of their limitations
  • Appraise the design process across a range of themes and adapt techniques and novel solutions to a wide range of applications
  • Constructively evaluate and endeavour to improve health and safety issues as they relate to structural engineering and to construction practice
  • Explain and debate with technical and policy based evidence, complex sustainability and environmental issues related to structural engineering and develop strategies and procedures which take them into account.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a postgraduate award.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

The course will include:

  • Structural aspects of railway track systems such as track gauge, loading and types of sleepers
  • Methods of structural analysis of typical railway track systems: One, two and three dimensional structural modelling of track system for stress and deformation calculations
  • Earthquake engineering of structures: basic definitions of earthquake terms such as intensity and magnitude of earthquake, wave propagation and epicentre
  • Static and dynamic analysis of structures subject to earthquake loading
  • Design consideration of structural components to resist earthquake loading
  • Structural forms: skeleton and mass structures, reciprocal frames, domes, shells, tension structures
  • Structural optimisation: fundamental concept and definitions of optimisation: objective function, design variables, side and behaviour constraints
  • Methods of structural optimisation: Linear and non linear programming, heuristic and genetic algorithms techniques applicable to structural design optimisation.

How to apply

You can check the course dates and times on the NTU online store.

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then email your form to be considered by the academic team.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can check the course dates and times on the NTU online store.

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then email your form to be considered by the academic team.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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+44 (0)115 941 8418