CIV4234 - Advanced structural analysis - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Amin Heidarpour (Clayton)

Dr Daniel Kong (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit covers advanced structural analysis techniques. It extends the basic work covered in CIV3221 Building Structures and Technology regarding matrix analysis and includes the theoretical basis and application of the finite element method.

The syllabus covers matrix analysis for truss and beam structures and finite element analysis for truss, beam and plate elements. Computer packages such as ABAQUS will be introduced to perform static stress, dynamic response and buckling analyses. Comparison between hand calculations and predictions from computer analyses are made wherever practicable.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Apply the stiffness method in matrix structural analysis.
  2. Apply the coordinate transformation method for matrix structural analysis.
  3. Identify the theoretical basis of finite element method such as discretisation process, element formation, shape functions and Gaussian integration.
  4. Discern simple elements in the finite element method.
  5. Construct the framework of the finite element method.
  6. Generate high quality report for assessing the behaviour of a multi-storey building under static, thermal and dynamic loading using a finite element computer package.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Final examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (practice problems, tests and project) 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 practice including computer laboratories and 8 hours of private study per week.

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