Contemporary Themes in Structural Engineering

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Professional / Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 3 October 2019
  • Course duration: Thursday afternoons for 15 weeks (term-time only) typically 2 - 5 pm

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 you’re taught

In addition to your lectures and seminars, you will also have a one-to-one session with an academic who will provide you with guidance on how to complete projects successfully and to ensure deadlines are understood.

Entry requirements

This course is open to professionals at any stage of their career.

If you wish to attend for credit, you will need to have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject.

This course is open to professionals at any stage of their career.

If you wish to attend for credit, you will need to have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject.

How to apply

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.

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.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £895.

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £895.

Payment is due before the course starts.

Still need help?

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