CIV4234 - Advanced structural analysis - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Amin Heidarpour (Clayton)
Dr Suvash Chandra (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)




This unit covers advanced structural analysis techniques including matrix analysis for truss and beam structures and also the theoretical basis and application of the finite element method for truss, beam and plate elements. The unit will provide an opportunity for students to learn how to analyse a structure using computer packages such as ABAQUS that will be introduced to perform static analysis, dynamic and/or 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 of matrix structural analysis.
  2. Apply the coordinate transformation method for matrix structural analysis.
  3. Identify the theoretical basis of finite element methods 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 reports for assessing the behaviour of a multi-storey building under static, thermal and dynamic loading using a finite element computer package.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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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