ENCI437-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Structural Analysis and Systems 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Direct stiffness method of analysis; static and kinematic condensation; non-uniform torsion; geometric and material nonlinear analysis; rigid-plastic analysis; dynamic analysis of multiple-degree-of-freedom systems

This course covers advanced topics related to the development of discrete linear and nonlinear models of structural systems, and the application of matrix structural analysis techniques to numerically simulate the deformations and internal forces induced in them under the action of static and dynamic loads.

The material covered in this course builds on introductory analysis and systems concepts covered in ENCI335: Structural Analysis and Systems 1. This course will develop important analytical skills required to succeed as practising structural and geotechnical engineers, and also develop the necessary foundational knowledge in preparation for more advanced postgraduate level courses such as ENEQ623: Finite Element Analysis of Structures and ENEQ624: Nonlinear Structural Analysis and Dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop linear and nonlinear numerical models of structures by making appropriate assumptions and idealisations.
2. Evaluate the deformations and internal forces induced in structures under the action of external static and dynamic loads, and internal self-straining loads, by conducting linear and nonlinear analysis.
3. Interpret the simulated structural responses in light of the precision of the analysis results and the quality of the model idealisations.
4. Assess the stability of structural systems by evaluating their critical buckling loads and buckling mode shapes.
5. Evaluate the ultimate strength and deformation capacities of structures beyond their initial yield point using the statical and mechanism methods of rigid-plastic analysis.
6. Compare and contrast the responses of structures predicted using linear, nonlinear, static, and dynamic analyses, and comprehend the limitations of each type of analysis.

University Graduate Attributes

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.




Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 09:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
22 Feb - 28 Mar

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 18:30 - 21:30 Ernest Rutherford 141
26 Apr - 2 May

Course Coordinator

Reagan Chandramohan


Chin-Long Lee


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments 24%
Mid-semester test 38%
Final exam 38%

Your course grade will be decided based on your total course score, which is computed as the
weighted average of your scores in the following three components: assignments, a midsemester
test, and a final exam.

• You can expect about 80% of your learning to occur while working on the assignments; hence, you are strongly encouraged to begin working on them early, and to ask plenty of questions during the tutorial sessions and office hours.

• You are advised to diligently review all the relevant lectures before attempting the assignments, in order to get the most out of them.

• The assignments will require you to relate new concepts with those discussed in earlier
courses, and to explore beyond the material covered in the lectures, in order to
adequately prepare you for life beyond your undergraduate studies.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

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

Logan, Daryl L; A first course in the finite element method; Sixth edition; Cengage Learning, 2017.

McGuire, William et al; Matrix structural analysis; 2nd ed; John Wiley, 2000.

Timoshenko, Stephen; Theory of elastic stability; 2d ed.; McGraw-Hill, 1961.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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