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This course covers the behaviour and design of structural systems, considering the main structural materials currently used in New Zealand - timber, steel and reinforced concrete structures. The course builds on the basics of member design techniques for steel, reinforced concrete and timber structures, introduced in previous courses, to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for the design of typical structural systems.
This course covers the behaviour and design of structural systems, considering the main structural materials currently used in New Zealand – timber, steel and reinforced concrete (RC). The course builds on the basics of member design techniques for timber, steel, reinforced concrete (RC) structures, introduced in previous courses, to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for the design of typical structural systems for safety, efficiency and reliability. This course includes three learning modules, each of around one third of the course, that cover the following topics:Module 1: Behaviour and design of reinforced concrete (RC) structuresModule 2: Behaviour and design of steel structuresModule 3: Behaviour and design of timber structures
Students completing this course will be able to:1. Design standard reinforced concrete, steel and timber structures for gravity loads and lateral demands.2. Demonstrate knowledge of the non-linear behaviour of reinforced concrete, steel and timber structures subject to lateral demands.3. Evaluate and identify best-practice detailing for typical reinforced concrete, steel and timber elements and connections for the resistance of gravity and seismic actions.4. Design composite structural members to resist effectively gravity loading.5. Describe and evaluate critically the characteristics of typical building materials, including effects of moisture, durability, and long-term loading.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
EMTH210, ENCI199, ENCN201, ENCN213, ENCN221, ENCN231, ENCN242, ENCN253, ENCN261, ENCN281, ENCI335, ENCI336
ENCI425, ENCI426, ENCI427
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Santiago Pujol Llano
The assessment will consist of three tests (one per module), a series of assignments, and six random quizzes.Tests 1 and 2 will occur at the ends of the corresponding modules (RC and Steel). The last test will occur during the end-of-semester exam period and cover Module 3 (Timber). Students missing the test on any module for a valid reason should inform the lecturer and provide supporting information (such as a medical certificate). Such students may be permitted to take a replacement test on the module as a substitute.There will be six in-lecture quizzes. Students are required to take at least five quizzes, with no penalty applied for missing the remaining (sixth) quiz.Assessments are to be completed on time. Otherwise, they will receive no grade except under documented exonerating circumstances (according to departmental policies). From the nine assignments, only the grades from seven will be considered as part of the final grade. These will be for the tests with the greatest percentage grades.
Standards New Zealand;
Steel structures standard
Standards New Zealand, 1997.
Buchanan, Andrew Hamilton , New Zealand Timber Industry Federation;
Timber design guide
New Zealand Timber Industry Federation, 2007.
Bull, D. K. (Des K.) Brunsdon, David,;
The Red book, Examples of concrete structural design to New Zealand Standard 3101
Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand, 2008.
Gorenc, B. , Syam, A., Tinyou, R;
Steel designers handbook
UNSW Press, 2005.
Moehle, Jack P;
Seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings
McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
Sozen, Mete A. , Ichinose, Toshikatsu., Pujol, Santiago;
Principles of reinforced concrete design
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Standards Association of Australia. , Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee TM-001, Timber Structures;
Third edition, incorporating amendment nos 1, 2 and 3;
Standards Australia, 2010.
Standards New Zealand;
Timber framed buildings : NZS 3604:1999
Standards New Zealand, 1999.
Recommended:NZS/AS 1720.1 Timber structures design methodsThe Standards NZ Online database may be used to access all NZ standards:- Access via the library - UC Databases > Databases S, or- at https://go.openathens.net/redirector/canterbury.ac.nz?url=http://shop.standards.co.nz/IPCheck/login.jsp
Domestic fee $2,328.00
International fee $11,500.00
* 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.
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Civil and Natural Resources Engineering