KB6005 - Advanced Structural Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the advanced methods of vibration and stress analysis. You will cover the free and forced vibration of single and multiple degree of freedom systems. This module reviews and highlights the application of vibration monitoring that are available to the modern engineer. The applications are illustrated through the use of case studies. You will learn about stress and deformation analysis of engineering structures with a focus on beam deflection, column buckling and energy methods.

Finite element methods will be used to solve complex problems and compared with analytical calculations and experimental results. An understanding of the capabilities and limitations of each method will allow you to apply these methods correctly and efficiently in a real-life engineering context.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, directed and independent learning. The lectures will follow an integrated approach to learning with initial information dissemination, followed by a chance to practice the application of knowledge via the seminars, using a problem based learning approach. You will be instructed to read the lecture notes ahead of the lecture and to use the reading lists for background reading. Lectures would also provide a formative approach to assessment with problems to solve. You will learn through seminar sessions which provide a rich feedback framework based on problem based learning. The learning in the seminar sessions will be carried out by fostering teamwork in a development environment and enhancing the students' knowledge of the subject matter through peer engagement. Lecturing and other materials will be placed on eLP prior to their presentation and you will be encouraged to engage with them before attending the scheduled sessions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported via both lectures and seminars. These provide the key academic support to the module; however around this is build a number of support structures. You will be supported via seminars through verbal formative feedback and comments. Such comments may be generic and applicable to all students, typically noting procedures or some technical guideline or could be more directed to the individuals learning. Written feedback will be provided on the assignment. Exam feedback will provided individually and also generically to indicate where the cohort has a strong or a weaker answer to examination questions. You will also be supported with the use of the eLearning Portal (online platform) where the module content is provided along with links to the reading list support, seminar questions, case studies and appropriate web sites showing relation of the theory to the industrial context of the module. Additionally you will be facilitated in this module in the form of Individual contact, i.e. students may visit the office of Lecturers to ask questions related to the module outside the scheduled contact time.

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?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Apply advanced knowledge, scientific and mathematical principles to model a mechanical system.
MLO2 Critically apply and integrate knowledge and further understanding of other engineering disciplines to study of mechanical systems.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO3 Utilise critical advanced quantitative methods and computer software in the analysis of components under complex static and dynamic loading conditions.
MLO4 Develop a coherent understanding of vibration and the ability to apply a systematic approach to practices of vibration based monitoring to industrial plant and machinery in different industries.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Solve problems to the benefit of society by applying good engineering practise.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessments
You will be formatively assessed on all learning outcomes during the seminars and workshops by the module tutor leading the session. Discussion with the module tutor and reflection on your performance will allow you to continuously monitor your ability to feed this forward for your improvement.

Summative Assessment
You will be summatively assessed by Coursework and Examination.

1. Coursework. You will complete and submit a single piece of individual coursework on modelling and analysing serval typical mechanical systems. Your coursework will be used to assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 1, 2, 3 and 5. You will receive individual digital feedback with marks and comments for your submission. Your feedback will give generic consideration of your work, highlighting those areas that you completed successfully and those not so successfully. The intention will be to inform your future studies and to clarify points of learning that have not been fully assimilated.
2. Examination. You will sit a closed book examination that will only have compulsory questions. The examination will assess your ability to satisfy MLOs 1, 2, 3, and 4. You will receive feedback with marks and comments on the questions you have answered.


KB5001 Structural Systems 1



Module abstract

This module will introduce you to the theory and practice of the development of stress, deformation and vibration and their interaction, and the application of analytical techniques to practical situations. You will be encouraged to research the principles and modelling of vibration, and the practice of vibration based monitoring of industrial plant and machinery. You will learn in the lectures the theory, principles and modelling of stress, deformation and vibration. You will also further develop your ability to apply analytical methods to the determination of stress, deformation and dynamic response in complex components, and to the modelling of the non-elastic behaviour of engineering materials.

Course info

UCAS Code H304

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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