Advanced Structural Analysis

10 Units

This course Introduces students to higher-level theory of structures. Topics include: elementary plastic theory of structures with application for slab analysis and design, dynamics of structures, stability of structural elements and structural systems. Where possible, topics are linked to the requirements of Australian Standards. The most common software used in the work force for advanced structural analysis is also investigated.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Master the terminology and communicate topics of higher-level theory of structures at a professional level.
  2. Demonstrate their understanding of the higher-level theory of structures.
  3. Apply theory to solve structure-related problems.
  4. Identify the major requirements of relevant Australian Standards.
  5. Demonstrate their understanding of the features and limitations of some common software used in professional practice for advanced structural analysis.

1. Plastic theory of structures

  • Upper bound theorem (yield line method)
  • Lower bound theorem
  • Applications to framed structures
  • Hillerborg strip method for slab design

2. Structural dynamics

  • Basic dynamic theory
  • Design principles for dynamic loading
  • Specific dynamic loadings
  • Computer methods for dynamic analysis

3. Stability of structures

  • Basic theory of stability
  • Stability functions
  • Stability of framed systems
  • Computer methods for structural stability  
Assumed Knowledge Content covered in courses CIVL2130 Theory of Structures 1; CIVL3180 Theory of Structures 2.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Assignments
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Please note that students will use the computer lab most weeks but on occasions a tutorial room will be required. The academic will contact the Timetable Officer in the Faculty when a tutorial room is specifically required.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for CIVL4110
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