SPATIAL STRUCTURES - 2017/8
Module code: ENGM043
Civil and Environmental Engineering
BEHNEJAD S Mr (Civl Env Eng)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 99
Lecture Hours: 30
Tutorial Hours: 21
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||EXAM 2 HOURS||75|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
A knowledge of structural analysis and design to FHEQ Level 6
This module is concerned with the analysis and design of three dimensional structures. These structures are usually single or multi-layer skeletal grid structures fabricated in steel. The module also considers single and doubly curved structures as well as free-form spatial structures. A section of the module is also devoted to the non-linear analysis and design of tensile membrane structures including air supported membrane structures. Formex configuration processing is also studied to simplify the data generation for the analysis of complex free-form spatial structures.
A comprehensive understanding of the basic ideas associated with the analysis, design and construction of space structures with the emphasis being placed on the practical aspects rather than the theoretical details.
A sound understanding of the importance of buckling both linear and non-linear and the overall stability requirements for the successful design of these interesting structural forms.
Skills in both the linear and non-linear analysis of steel lattice structures.
Skill in form finding and also the non-linear analysis of membrane structures.
|Understand the behaviour and the methods of analysis of double-layer grids, barrel vaults, and domes||KCPT|
|Generate data for spatial structure configurations including free-form structures using the Formian program||KCPT|
|Appraise the different modes of failures of typical lattice structures||KPT|
|Compare the behaviour of lattice domes, cable domes and suspend-domes||KPT|
|Appraise various jointing systems and methods of construction of 3D lattice structures||KCPT|
|Design a steel lattice structure||KCPT|
|Incorporate health and safety legislation in the design and construction of spatial structures||KCT|
|Technical report writing||T|
|Oral & written communication||T|
|Graphical presentation of data||T|
|3D spatial awareness||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Description of the main types of spatial structures including grids, domes, towers, radar dishes, membrane structures and tendon-strut systems; prefabricated lattice structural systems; notable spatial structures.
Description of the different methods of analysis applicable to spatial structures.
Computer aided design of spatial structures; techniques for efficient generation of data; graphical presentation of analytical results; formex configuration processing.
Polyhedra and geodesic forms; tensegrity systems; membrane structures.
Special considerations including use of materials, loading, safety and cladding.
Methods of Teaching / Learning
30 hours of lecture/introductory video, 21 hours of tutorial/group meeting/workshop/self-assessment question, 37 hours of assignment work, 2 hours of examination and 60 hours of independent learning.
Total student learning time 150 hours.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the analysis and design of different forms of spatial structure (LO’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7) through a two hour unseen examination. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6, 7are also assessed in the coursework.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Unseen written examination (2 hours, 75%).
Coursework on the design and construction of steel structures (38 hours, 25%).
Formex configuration processing of a relatively complex lattice structure. (11 hours, 7.5%)
Review of the collapse of the Hartford Coliseum, USA. (7.5 hours, 5%)
Participation in the Design, Assemble and Dismantle (DAD) Project. (7.5 hours, 5%)
Preliminary design of a spatial structure. (11 hours, 7.5%)
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 for SPATIAL STRUCTURES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm043
Programmes this module appears in
|Civil Engineering MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Structural Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Bridge Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Civil Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
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.