Extreme Loading of Structures

Subject 421-695 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: 36 Hours; Non contact time commitment 84 Hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Nelson Lam


Assoc.Professor Nelson Lam
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Tel: +61 3 83447554
Email: ntkl@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview: At the conclusion of this subject students should be capable of modelling a variety of abnormal loads based on advanced concepts for structural engineering analyses and integrating the modelling methodologies with modern design philosophies and performance based principles. Topics include design loads philosophies and codification issues, and modelling loadings arising from earthquakes, blasts, impact, wind, waves and floor vibrations.
Objectives: On successful completion, students should be able to:
  • identify the hazards associated with the design of structures
  • evaluate the risk associated with such hazards on a probabilistic basis
  • demonstrate how to implement performance based design criteria in the design of structures
  • apply linear and non-linear static procedure for the performance-based seismic design and assessment of structures
  • apply linear and non-linear dynamic computational procedures for seismic analysis of structures with competent knowledge of the input parameters and limitations of the modelling
  • model blast pressure functions under free-field conditions and the associated responses of structures
  • model the response of structures subject to impact and other transient loadings
  • apply linear wave theory to determine the water particle kinematics in deep water waves, both regular and irregular
  • model wave loading on surface-piercing cylinders using Morison's equation
  • apply static and dynamic procedures in estimating the wind induced responses of structures
  • apply wind tunnel techniques in the design of important structures
  • calculate the response of floors to footfall excitation
  • evaluate the suitability of floors based on vibration serviceability criteria
Assessment: One three-hour written exam (70%), one written assignment approximately 3,000 words or equivalent (30%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, capacity to do so
  • capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning

Related Course(s): Master of Engineering Structures

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