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Advanced Strength of Materials

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 6 February 2021
  • Course duration: Four Saturdays, 9 am - 5 pm (6 and 27 February, 20 and 27 March 2021) plus exam

This course examines the main concepts, theories and principles applied for explaining the mechanical behaviour of materials under various states of stress and strain conditions.

It provides you with an in-depth understanding of the major principles used in evaluating the response of construction materials to stresses and deformation.


By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • comprehensively explain engineering principles associated with the mechanical behaviour of various construction materials
  • produce computer based models to systematically assess the mechanical behaviour of various construction materials used in structural engineering (and be aware of their limitations)
  • appraise the design process as it is affected by the mechanical behaviour of various construction materials, and adapt techniques and apply solutions to a wide range of applications.

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

This course will include:

  • the mechanical properties of materials (modulus of elasticity, shear modulus, bulk modulus etc)
  • stress-strain relationships (linear elastic, nonlinear elastic, elasto-plastic and visco-elastic)
  • unsymmetrical bending of non-standard sections
  • torsional stresses of non-circular and thin-walled sections, and the effect of warping, elastic membrane (soap film) analogy and plastic (sand hill) analogy
  • complex stress and strain analysis, plane stress, plane strain and xisymmetric analysis of solid bodies
  • theories of material failure, including Tresca, Von Meises and Mohr–Colomb
  • experimental stress-strain analysis.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

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 your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

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

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £925

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £925.

Payment is due before the course starts.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418