Module code: ENGM032

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

LAWSON RM Prof (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 36

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 25%
Examination EXAM 2 HOURS 75%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A knowledge of Structural Analysis and Design to FHEQ Level 6.

Module overview

This module is concerned with the design of steel and steel and concrete composite bridges.  More emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamentals of steel and steel/concrete composite bridge design especially stability and buckling during erection rather than just complying with prescriptive code requirements.  However, some of the course is devoted to understanding the nuances of Eurocodes 3 & 4 and also BS5400 where appropriate.

Module aims

An understanding of steel and composite bridge design and construction related to BS 5400 and the relevant Eurocodes (EC3 parts 1-7, 1-8, 1-9, 1-10, 2-1).

An understanding of plate behaviour and steel plate girder and box girder design, related to BS 5400 and relevant Eurocodes (EC3 parts 1-7, 1-8, 1-9, 1-10, 2-1).

An understanding of the importance of ensuring stability during the construction of bridges.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Compare economic and structural appraisals of various schemes available for a particular bridge crossing KCP
Design a steel/concrete composite, single and continuous span bridge KCT
Estimate the expected fatigue life for a range of welded details use in steel bridges KC
Assess the stability of a steel/concrete bridge under construction KCT
Technical report writing T
Oral & written communication T
Graphical presentation of data T
Sketching T
3D spatial awareness T
Critical thinking T
Observation T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Composite construction

Construction types.  Propped and unpropped construction. 
Serviceability and ultimate limit states.  Design for bending and shear.  Continuous construction. 
Plastic analysis.  Reference to current EC and BS codes of practice.  Design of shear connectors.

Steel Plate Girders

Design of girders for shear and bending interaction, design of transverse stiffeners.
Fatigue behaviour of steel bridges and connections; appraisal to EC3 Part 1-9. 
Means of improving fatigue performance of steel bridges.
Design of bolted and welded steel bridge connections; appraisal to EC3 Part 1-8. 


Methods of Teaching / Learning


25 hours of lectures/independent study, 5 hours of tutorial/question classes/self-assessment questions, 38 hours of assignment work and 80 hours of independent learning.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of both the basic as well as advanced concepts of steel and steel and concrete composite bridge design. (LO’s 1, 2, 3, 4,) through a two hour unseen examination. These learning outcomes are also assessed in part by the written and drawn design coursework.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A two hour unseen written examination (75%).
A coursework report on the design of a steel structure (25%).

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through a range of self-assessment exercises provided in class and through SurreyLearn.  Feedback will be given in tutorial sessions.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.