Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ye Lu


Advanced methods for the design of structures considering both loading and strength aspects of design. Strength and serviceability design of continuous post-tensioned concrete members. Design and detailing of anchorage zones. Introduction to the plastic design concept for engineering practice, with particular reference to steel structures design; methods of plastic analysis from simple beams to complex frames. Introduction to yield line theory for reinforced concrete slabs; yield line solutions based on work equations. Lower bound solutions for reinforced concrete slabs using Hillerborg strip method.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. calculate the collapse load of various concrete slabs using yield line theory
  2. identify the collapse mechanisms of the concrete slabs
  3. design and analyse the concrete slabs under ultimate load using Hillerborg method
  4. calculate the required dimensions of struts, ties and nodes in strut-and-tie model for steel reinforced concrete elements
  5. design and analyse the complex steel reinforced concrete structures using the strut-and-tie model method
  6. describe the ultimate behaviour of basic structures and materials with reference to the theorems of plasticity
  7. calculate the plastic collapse load of beams and simple frames using both hand and computer-based methods


Continuous assessment: 50%
Final examination (3 hours): 50%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lecture, 2 hours practicals and laboratory and 8 hours private study per week.

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