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 facilitiated 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)

• Rao, S. S. (2011). "Mechanical Vibrations", 5th edition. SI , Pearson Education International. ISBN. 97898106871202.
• Dally, J. W., Riley, W. F. & McConnell, K. G. (1993). Instrumentation for Engineering Measurements, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons.
• Davies, A. (1990). "Management Guide to Condition Monitoring in Manufacture", IEE.
• Lyon, R. A. (1987). Machinery Noise & Diagnostics, Butterworth.
• Norton, R. L. (2008). "Design of Machinery; An Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Mechanisms and Machines", McGraw-Hill, 4th Edition. ISBN 9780073121581.
• Beer, F. P., Johnston, E. R. Jnr., DeWolf, J. T. and Mazurek, D. F. (2015). Mechanics of Materials, 7th Edition in SI units. McGraw-Hill.
• Hibbeler, R. C. (2012). Mechanics of Materials, Eighth Edition in SI Units.
• Logan, D. L. (2016). A First Course in the Finite Element Method, 6th Edition in SI units. CL. Engineering.
• Meriam, J. L. & Kraige, L. G. (2003). "Dynamics", 5th Edition, John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780471266068.
• Craig, R. R. & Kurdila, A. J. (2007), Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics, Wiley and Sons, 2nd Edition

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?

Summative Assessments

40% Coursework portfolio: MLO 1,2,3,4,5

You will be provided summative feedback via the Assignment to identify weak points in knowledge, skills and awareness of science and engineering challenges.

60% Semester 1 Exam: MLO 1,2,3,4

You will be provided summative feedback via Exam to show the weak points in knowledge, skills and abilities.
Feedback on these will be in written format and will allow you to feed forward the lessons learned to the next assessment. In addition in your engagement with the tutors in class and electronically you will discuss your learning and will be guided to new sources to assist you with improving your assessed work.

Formative Assessments

Seminars (problem solving sessions), MLO 1, 4, 5
Feedback will be provided through discussion in class including about problems designed to aid you to develop your knowledge and skills to feed forward to the assessments.


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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 Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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