Engineering Institute of Technology

 

Unit Name

DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES

Unit Code

BCS301S

 

Unit Duration

Term

Award

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

 

Duration 3 years

Year Level

Three

Unit Creator/Reviewer

 

Core/Elective

 

Pre/Co-requisites

BCS204S

Credit Points

3

 

Total Program Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or On-campus

Unit Workload

(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week)

Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours Tutorial – 1.5 hours

Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours

Personal Study recommended - 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

 

The aim of this unit is to impart to students detailed knowledge of designing steel structures, including various configurations of steel roofs and framings, and the limit state design methodologies of steel frameworks based on Australian Standards. Dead and live loads, wind loading, and design methodologies are also examined.

 

The subject matter covered in this unit includes: the development of Limit State Design (LSD); calculation and applications of applied structural loads based on the Australian loading codes; utilisation of the structural design standards and codes of practice; the behaviour of steel as a material with specific properties for design development; critical appraisal of theories behind the design methods and the design and analysis of steel elements in tension, compression, bending, and combined actions as based on AS4100 or equivalent (Design of Steel Structures).

 

At the conclusion of this unit, students will have been imparted with detailed knowledge of designing steel structures including the ability to factor in different types of loads and loading conditions.

 

Learning Outcomes

 

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Research and describe the chronological development of Limit State Design (LSD).

  2. Calculate and analyse loads applied on structures based on the Australian loading codes.

  3. Evaluate the specific properties of steel and apply design development specifications.

  4. Compare and contrast the reasons for the specific design procedures

  5. Design, analyse and critique steel elements in tension, compression, bending and combined actions based on AS4100 or equivalent.

  6. Design, analyse and critique bolted and welded connections based on AS4100 or equivalent.

    Professional Development

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

      1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

      2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

      3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

      4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

      5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

      6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

      7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

      8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

    2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

      1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

      2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

      3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

      4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

      5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

    3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

      1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

      2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

      3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

      4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

 

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.

2.2

Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.

2.3

Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:

 

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines

 

1.1, 1.3

 

1, 2, 3, 4

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology

 

1.2

 

1, 2, 3, 4

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain

1.4

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain

 

1.5

 

2, 3, 4

B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems

 

1.4, 2.1, 2.3

 

3, 4

B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice

 

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2

 

3, 4

C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience

 

3.2

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures

3.2

 

D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

3, 4

D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain

 

2.4

 

E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability

 

1.6, 3.1, 3.4

 

1, 2, 5, 6

E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work

 

3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 

1, 2, 5, 6

Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.

 

 

 

Graduate Attributes

A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

C1

C2

D1

D2

E1

E2

 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologist

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Unit Learning Outcomes

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Student assessment

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

 

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Design Methods, Dead and Live Loads; Wind Loads.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts

 

Week 3

 

15%

 

1, 2

 

Assessment 2

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Steel Properties and Design of Steel Members in Tension & Compression.

Students may provide solutions to simple problems on the listed topics

 

Week 6

 

20%

 

3, 4, 5

 

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project

/ Report Example Topic:

  • Plastic bending of portal frames;

  • Frame deflections and reaction tests; and,

  • Steel beam bending tests.

  • Structural analysis using technology such as computer analysis software.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or using software to complete a practical.

 

Week 9

 

20%

 

3, 4, 5, 6

 

Assessment 4

Type: Examination Example Topic: All topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours

 

Final Week

 

40%

 

1 to 6

 

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.

Continuous

5%

1 to 6

Prescribed and recommended readings

 

Required textbook(s)

  1. Trahair, N. S. and Bradford, M.A. (1998). The Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures to AS4100, 3rd Edition, Taylor & Francis.

  2. OneSteel (BHP) Hot Rolled & Structural Steel Products Brochure, download relevant parts through www.onesteel.com

    https://www.onesteel.com/productspecs.asp?specID=79

  3. Australian Standard (1998), AS4100, Steel Structures

  4. Australian Standard (2002), AS1170.1, Structural Design Actions – Permanent, Imposed and Other Actions;

  5. Australian Standard (2011), AS1170.2, Structural Design Actions - Wind Actions

 

Reference Materials

  1. Kirke, B. and Al-Jamel, H. I. (2004). Steel Structures Design Manual To AS 4100, 1st Edition, Retrieved Feb 20, 2015 from

    https://wiki.csiamerica.com/download/attachments/7636185/Steel+Structures+Design+Manu al+to+AS+4100.pdf

     

    Unit Content

    One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

     

    Topic 1

    Design Methods, Dead and Live Loads

    • Describe the chronological development of Limit State Design (LSD)

    • Understand the load path on the structures

    • Calculate dead and live loads on structures based on the Australian loading codes

       

      Topic 2

      Load Path

    • Load path on structures

    • Load estimation

    • Worked example

       

      Topics 3 and 4

      Wind Loads

    • Determine site wind speeds

    • Determine design wind speed from the site wind speeds

    • Determine design wind pressures and distributed forces

    • Calculate wind actions for structures and housing

       

      Topic 5

      Steel Properties and Design of Steel Members in Tension

    • Steel Properties

    • Design of Steel Members in Tension

       

      Topic 6

      Design of Steel Members in Compression

    • Introduction

    • Local buckling

    • Global buckling

    • Section capacity

    • Member capacity

       

      Topics 7, 8 and 9

      Design of Steel Members in Bending

    • Terminology, compact, non-compact, and slender-element sections

    • Lateral torsional buckling

    • Section classification

    • Section capacity

    • Lateral buckling behaviour of unbraced beams, critical flange

    • Fully, partially and laterally restrained cross-sections

    • Segments, sub-segments and effective length

    • Member capacity

    • Design for shear and bending

       

      Topic 10

      Design of steel members for combined actions

    • Section capacity

    • Member capacity

    • Design for combined bending and axial compression

    • Design for combined bending and axial tension

    • Design for combined biaxial bending

 

Topic 11

Connection Design

 

Topic 12

Unit Review

In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of students’ work and to clarify any outstanding issues.

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