ENCI335-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Structural Analysis

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


Solid mechanics applied to structural systems. Analysis of indeterminate structures. Introduction to structural dynamics and the response of structures to earthquakes.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the force and displacement methods and apply them to analyse/solve indeterminate structural systems
  • understand the energy concepts and use them in analysing/solving statically determinate and indeterminate structural systems
  • understand the concept of moment redistribution and its application in solving statically indeterminate structures
  • understand the fundamentals of structural dynamics and apply them to examine the behaviour of linear single-degree-of-freedom systems subject to simple and complex excitations
  • understand the applications of structural dynamics in earthquake engineering




Timetable Note

Analysis of Indeterminate Structures: (24 lectures)
Taught by: Prof Rajesh Dhakal

Module 1: Introduction: General Concepts        (1 lecture)
Module 2: Statically Indeterminate Beams: Force Method (6 lectures)
Module 3: Statically Determinate Frames        (2 lectures)
Module 4: Introduction to Energy Methods        (3-4 lectures)
Module 5: Moment Distribution Method                (3-4 lectures)
Module 6: Displacement Method of Indeterminate Analysis (7 lectures)
               Review                                                                            (1 lecture)

Introductory Structural Dynamics:  (24 lectures)
Taught by: Dr Reagan Chandramohan

Module 1: Introduction        (2 lectures)
Module 2:        free vibration analysis (4 lectures)
Module 3: Response to harmonic loads                (6 lectures)
Module 4: Response to periodic loads           (1 lecture)
Module 5: Response to impulse loads                        (2 lectures)
Module 6: Numerical evaluation of response (2 lectures)
Module 7: Repose to earthquake ground motion (3 lectures)
Module 8:        Response of inelastic systems                        (3 lectures)
                       Review                                                             (1 lecture)

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Rajesh Dhakal


Reagan Chandramohan


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 10%
final exam 40%
Quizzes 10%
Test 40%


o You cannot pass this course unless you achieve a score of at least 40% in each of the mid-semester test and the final exam.

o If you narrowly fail to achieve 40% in either the test or exam, but perform very well in the other, you may be considered for a pass grade.

o Students in this course can apply for aegrotat consideration provided they have sat the mid-term test, the final exam, or both.


o Two assignments will be assigned in the first half of the course. These assignments must be submitted by 17:00 on the specified due date. Late submissions will not be accepted.

o You are encouraged to start working on assignments early, to allow time to learn by asking questions. Plan to complete your assignments well before the due date, anticipating downtime due to illness or other circumstances right before the deadline. If you are unable to submit an assignment by the deadline due to personal circumstances beyond your control, you should discuss this with the lecturer involved as soon as possible.

o You may work on assignments either individually or in pairs, unless explicitly stated by the lecturer. If working with a partner, a single submission is required and both partners will receive the same score. It is expected that you work together on all parts of all problems, since they are designed to prepare you for the test. You are not permitted to divvy up the work among yourselves.

o While you are permitted to discuss the problems with other students, you are not permitted to copy their work. The answers you submit should reflect your own organisation of the calculations and interpretation of the results. Please indicate on the first page of your solution, the names of the students outside your group whom you collaborated with.

o This is a professional engineering course, and it is expected that your submitted solutions be neat and well organised. Marks will not be awarded for incoherent or untidy submissions.

Problem sets

o In the second half of the course, problem sets will be assigned each week.

o Working on these problem sets will help reinforce your understanding of the material covered in class, and will prepare you to face the weekly quizzes and the final exam. Hence, you are strongly advised to attempt all the assigned problems every week!

o Solutions to problem sets will not be marked.

o You will benefit the most from these problem sets by working on them independently.

o Solutions to problem sets will be released a day before the quiz.


o In the second half of the course, a short quiz will be conducted during each weekly tutorial session to test your understanding of the material covered in class.

o These quizzes will be marked on a scale of 0 to 2:
    2 marks will be awarded only for a fully correct answer with shown working and no mistakes
    1 mark will be awarded if you were on the right track but did not complete the problem, or if you reached an incorrect answer
   0 marks will be awarded if you were on the wrong track, or if you made no meaningful attempt to solve the problem

o The sum of your top five scores out of six quizzes will be used to determine your score out of 10.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Beer, Ferdinand P. (Ferdinand Pierre); Mechanics of materials ; 7th; McGraw Hill, 2015.

Chopra, Anil K; Dynamics of structures :theory and applications to earthquake engineering ; 4th ed; Prentice Hall, 2012.

M.S. Williams, J.D. Todd; Structures : theory and analysis ; Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

Richard N. White, Peter Gergely [and] Robert G. Sexsmith; Structural engineering ; Wiley, 1972 (Contents: v. 1. Introduction to design concepts and analysis.--v. 2. Indeterminate structures.--v. 3. Behavior of members and systems).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $956.00

International fee $5,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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