ENG463 Advanced Structural Analysis

This unit builds on existing knowledge of structural theory to include an in-depth explanation of the assumptions and methodology within computer software commonly used in modern structural engineering practice.

The theory of the stiffness method of analysis is developed to incorporate stability functions, leading to consideration of elastic instability of plane frameworks.

An alternative method of analysis based on flexibility techniques is also presented, together with its merits and disadvantages when compared with the stiffness method.

This unit includes theory and methods for determining the dynamic characteristics (resonant frequencies, amplitudes of steady-state vibration, and response history analyses) of structures and structural elements using manual calculations and computer methods.

Non-destructive methods for detecting cracks and other defects in simple structural elements using results from practical vibration testing are also included.

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