CIV4235 - Advanced structural design - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Phu Nguyen (Clayton)
Dr Suvash Chandra Paul (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


CIV3222 or CIV3284


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.


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

  1. Generate team-work reports on the analysis/design of concrete slabs and steel frames using laboratory results and theoretical analysis.
  2. Identify the collapse mechanisms of reinforced concrete slabs and steel frames.
  3. Design and analyse plastically reinforced concrete slabs using Hillerborg method and yield line theory.
  4. Design and analyse the steel reinforced concrete structures using the strut-and-tie model method.
  5. Describe the ultimate behaviour of basic structures and materials with reference to the theorems of plasticity.
  6. Determine the plastic collapse load of beams and simple frames using both hand- and computer-based methods.


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 practicals and laboratory and 8 hours private study per week.

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