High Rise Structures

Subject 421-496 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-two hours of lectures and eighteen hours of tutorials/supervised design sessions.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 421-317 Structural Engineering 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Priyan Mendis
Subject Overview:

The objective of this unit is to make students aware of the special requirements necessary to the successful design of high-rise structures. Topics covered include structural systems including floor systems, framing systems and foundation systems; environmental actions such as wind, earthquake and thermal; wind tunnel testing; effect of time dependent actions such as creep and shrinkage; and analytical aspects including computer-aided analysis and design, state-of-the-art construction techniques, special structural elements, case studies of high-rise buildings and towers.

Assessment: One 3-hour end of semester examination (70%) and one assignment of 3000 words equivalent (30%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline;

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;

  • ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance

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