KB7014 - Structural Integrity and Historical Engineering

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What will I learn on this module?

You will examine common forms of existing structures such as various types of bridges, and to consider how you can apply your existing Civil Engineering skills and knowledge learned in earlier study to gain a quantitative understanding of their original and current loading, and current condition. You will consider different structural components and materials and how they might degrade over time and how this affects their performance. You will also study some non-destructive testing techniques for examining engineering assets, for example Ground Penetrating Radar.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning will be facilitated through a lectures and seminars. Lectures will focus on the key theoretical principles of the topics covered; seminars will allow you to practice creating solutions to problems and supporting them. You will also take part in field visits to sites of relevance to the topics covered

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will have already developed your skills as an independent learner, however support will be available throughout the academic year during lectures and seminars. During the taught aspect of this module, continuous feedback will be given, and you will be afforded the opportunity to present work for comment during the academic year. Resources from lectures and seminars will be uploaded onto the University’s Blackboard site, and an electronic reading list including a range of sources available online will be provided.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1: Interpret and explain the response of existing structures to a range of different loading conditions

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO2: Apply and critically evaluate methods of analysis for structures degraded from their original condition due to various causes

MLO3: Recommend and specify inspection, monitoring and testing techniques and programmes to determine the condition of common types of existing structure

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO4: Show awareness of the holistic nature of Civil Engineering

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a coursework assignment and an exam.

The coursework (30%) will consist of a report into an existing structure discussing its current loading, its response to that loading, potential degradation and methods for inspection, repair and maintenance. Possible issues covered will include, for example, masonry degradation, or foundation issues. This will address MLOs 1 and 3.

The exam (70%) will cover MLOs 1 to 4.





Module abstract

Most civil engineering work concerns the inspection, monitoring, repair and upgrading of existing, rather than new projects. Focusing on common concrete, steel and masonry structures, this module will equip you with the knowledge to work for a wide variety of asset owners such as highway and rail authorities with responsibility for bridges, or heritage organizations looking after old buildings. The module will cover common behaviours of structures that indicate possible impaired performance, methods of inspection, monitoring and testing, response of structures to different loading, and methods of analysis for degraded structures.

Course info

UCAS Code H201

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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