CVEN40050 Design of Structures 3

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module provides an overview of the structural design process and the concepts of stability and robustness. The design of suspended floor systems, particularly flat slabs, is presented. Design of water retaining structures and associated calculation of crack widths is described. Specific requirements for slender columns are given. The Strut and Tie method is presented. Precast concrete elements and connections are illustrated. The design of steel/concrete composite sections is presented. A design procedure for ribbed slabs is given. Design of steel single storey industrial buildings, post and truss and portal frame construction is described. Multi-storey steel construction (medium height) is also included. Design for lateral forces is presented and corrosion protection of steel in buildings and fire protection are also discussed.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course students should be able to: Apply structural mechanics to evaluate the forces in structural elements. Understand the responsibility of the engineer with respect to design of safe structures and components. Understand structural stability, frame action and design of shear walls. Prepare design calculations for structural elements. Have an understanding of lower bound theorems of collapse.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and case based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

We recommend that students have taken CVEN30040 (Design of Structures 1) or a similar module dealing with the design of concrete and steel elements.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CVEN40100 - Structural Design & Analysis 2

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Design exercises Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End of year examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Abd Al Salam Al-Sabah Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Robert Corbally Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 32 Fri 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 Mon 09:00 - 10:50