Concrete Structures 1 (CIVL3205)


The objectives of this unit are to provide a basic understanding of the behaviour of reinforced concrete members and structures; to provide a basic understanding of standard methods of analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures (including an understanding of capabilities and limitations); and to provide basic design training in a simulated professional engineering environment. At the end of this unit students will gain proficiency in basic methods of reinforced concrete analysis and design.
The syllabus covers the behaviour of reinforced concrete members and structures, including: material properties, 'elastic' analysis (stresses/deformations/time-dependence), ultimate strength of beams (flexure), ultimate strength of columns (short and slender), behaviour or reinforced concrete slabs, the reinforced concrete truss analogy (shear/torsion/and detailing implications), the design of typical elements of a reinforced concrete building, structural modelling, analysis of load-effects (incl.earthquakes), design criteria (for durability, fire- resistance, serviceability and strength), design calculation procedures, reinforcement detailing and structural drawings.

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Lecture 3 hrs/week; Project Work - in class 3 hrs/week; Laboratory 2 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (50%) and Final Exam (50%)

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Assumed knowledge

CIVL2110 AND CIVL2201 AND CIVL2230. Basic concepts of solid mechanics and structural mechanics, including: compatability of strains; stress-strain relationships; equilibrium; flexure, shear and torsion; statically determinate load effects (reactions, bending moments, shear forces); elastic beam theory (strains, stresses and beam deflections).

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.