SPATIAL STRUCTURES - 2017/8

Module code: ENGM043

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

BEHNEJAD S Mr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

H210

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 21

Laboratory Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment

None.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 A knowledge of structural analysis and design to FHEQ Level 6

Module overview

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.

Module aims

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 skeletal space structures.

Skill in form finding and also the non-linear analysis of membrane space structures.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Illustrate the behaviour and demonstrate the methods of analysis of double-layer grids, barrel vaults, and domes. KPT
Generate space structure geometry including free-form structures using the Formian program KCPT
Appraise the different modes of failures of typical space structures KT
Compare the behaviour of cable domes and membrane structures KT
Appraise various jointing systems and methods of construction of space structures KT
Design a steel double-layer space structure KCT
Incorporate health and safety legislation in the design of space structures 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


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.

Assessment Strategy

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%).


Two assignments:

Coursework 1


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%)


Coursework 2


 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

Reading list for SPATIAL STRUCTURES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm043

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.