Structures are perhaps the most striking and visible realisations of mechanical principles in our environment. Encompassing everything from residential dwellings and refurbishments, to sweeping bridges and iconic skyscrapers, structural engineers combine technical expertise with creativity and craft in order to provide a safe and sustainable built environment for our society.
This course covers advanced structural analysis and design, structural computing simulation and also offering units linked with steel, concrete, timber and other construction materials. It will also provide you with knowledge to design structures under dynamic conditions.
Why Structural Engineering at LSBU?
Specialised tutelage in advanced design techniques and a range of construction materials, both traditional and novel.
Accredited by the Engineering Council. Highly-technical course makes gaining Chartership easier.
Currently engaging in numerous research and development projects with industrial collaborators, providing industry-relevant dissertation topics.
Training in the most up-to-date structural analysis and design software, included Robot, Revit and Abaqus.
Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for Student Satisfaction in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
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Teaching techniques include: lectures, workshops, tutorials, laboratories, field trips and IT based blended learning. Visiting lecturers from industry contribute in some modules.
At the end of the course, you'll either conduct a structural related research project or a design project.
If you'd like any further information, please contact the course administrator, Ms. Jo Hillman: email@example.com / 020 7815 7106.
Advanced structural design In this module, students are instructed in the application of the European structural design codes (Eurocodes) to design steel, concrete and composite steel-concrete elements. Design of specialised structural elements: plate girders, trusses, connections, foundations, prestressed concrete structures, including fire design of structures. Introduction to performance-based design using computer software. Discussion of the sustainability of construction materials.
Soil-structure engineering This module concerns the study of the interaction of two very different materials (structural and soil). A combination of a classic and modern approach based on numerical methods is delivered for the students to ensure the understanding of the topics.
Finite elements and stress analysis The module covers two main areas of study: firstly, the finite element modelling of thin walled structures using beam, plate and shell elements. A hand-on approach is used for the finite element modelling exercises using Abaqus finite element analysis software. Secondly, the structural and stress analysis of thin walled beams subjected to axial, bending, shear, torsion and torsion-bending loads.
Masonry and timber engineering This module introduces students to the materials, properties and design processes using timber and masonry construction. Eurocodes are used for the design of elements. Proprietary computer programmes are used alongside hand calculations. New techniques are introduced and discussed.
Structural dynamics and earthquake engineering This module teaches principles of dynamic analysis and earthquake response of structures. It starts with basics of free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree-of-freedom systems. The concepts of natural frequency, damping and mode shapes will be defined analytically and also shown experimentally and on FE models. The effect of earthquake on a structure will be described and demonstrated using a shake table. Two different methods for calculating the dynamic response of structures to earthquake loading will be introduced. Eurocode 8 will be briefly summarised. Forensic case studies of structures damaged by earthquake will be analysed and the design implications discussed.
Advanced computing and structural simulation In this module students will be experiencing the use of advanced Structural Analysis Software (Robot), Building Information Modelling (BIM) software (Revit) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software (ABAQUS) for modelling steel, reinforced concrete and composite structures.
Project / dissertation This module is one third of the course and is an individually supervised piece of work that is typically either a research project or an innovative design exercise. The theme is related to topics covered on the course.
Methods of assessment by module
Advanced Structural Design
Finite Elements and Stress Analysis
Advanced Computing and Structural Simulation
Masonry and Timber Engineering
Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Project (three modules value)
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Employment prospects for graduates of Structural Engineering are strong. Successful students will enter into a variety of positions with employers which might include: structural engineer, consultant, project manager, government advisor or researcher.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.*
The Institution of Civil Engineers is a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge, and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession.
The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering. It has 27,000 members in 105 countries.
The Institute of Highway Engineers (formerly the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers) is the professional institution for practitioners in highway and traffic engineering offering Engineering Council registration and professional development support.