ENGCV512-22A (HAM)

Advanced Structural Analysis and Design

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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: natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper covers topics related to advanced structural analysis and design. The paper will have a specific focus on lateral and dynamic loading, specifically as applied to buildings under seismic loads. Structural dynamics will be covered considering single and multiple degrees of freedom structures under free and seismic loading. Application of analysis methods to structural design for earthquakes is covered.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/

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Paper Structure

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This paper utilizes lectures, tutorials, and computer laboratory exercises
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Identify, analyse and design seismic resisting members in a building (WA1, WA2, WA5)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Structural Analysis Assignments (1)
    Structural Dynamics Test (2)
  • Evaluate the response of a single and multi degree of freedom systems subject to free, damped, and random (earthquake) excitation (WA1, WA2, WA5)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Structural Analysis Assignments (1)
    Structural Dynamics Test (2)
  • Analyse a structure under seismic loads undergoing inelastic deformation properly accounting for ductility (WA1 and WA2)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Structural Analysis Assignments (1)
  • Analyse as structure under seismic loading using force and displacement based methods (WA1, WA2, WA5)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Structural Analysis Assignments (1)
  • Assess societal constraints and demands as required for structural design (WA4, WA6, WA9)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Journal Article Assessment (3)
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This class has regularly schedule assessments. Assessments are designed to provide you with opportunities to practice material as it is taught, increasing your ability to learn and internalise the concepts. This class is 100% internally assessed. The majority of marks come from assignments that are due every two weeks covering fundamental topics on seismic design and analysis. There is a test approximately halfway through the course to check student knowledge of the initial topics. At the end of the semester, there is an oral presentation/test allowing the student to present current research in the area of earthquake engineering.

Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Structural Analysis Assignments
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Structural Dynamics Test
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
3. Journal Article Assessment
  • Presentation: In Class
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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NZ standards:

  • 1170 Structural Design Actions, available for free through Standards NZ
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Recommended Readings

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  • Anil K. Chopra. Dynamics of structures: theory and applications to earthquake engineering. Boston: Prentice Hall (2012).
  • Paul Richards. Seismic Principles 2nd addition. https://www.amazon.com/Seismic-Principles-Paul-W-Richards-dp-B08KSLPPWL/dp/B08KSLPPWL/ref=dp_ob_title_bk
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Online Support

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Moodle will be used to communicate announcements and for feedback to students
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WorkloadDuration (hrs)FrequencyTotal
Contact hours
Total contact56
Non contact hours
Test revisions20120
Presentation 1515
Total non contact hours95
Paper Total151
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: ENGCV312 and ENGCV351




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