Postgraduate Research Student
Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering
School of Civil Engineering, Room 360
Phone: +61 2 9351 4393
Fax: +61 2 9351 3343
Research project - System Reliability-Based Criteria for Designing Steel Structures by Advanced Analysis
Supervisor: Prof Kim Rasmussen
Associate Supervisor: Dr Hao Zhang
Steel structures are designed on a daily basis by structural engineers. Current design method is a two steps procedure which treats the system as a set of independent members such as beams, columns and connections. The process of design needs an analysis, which produces internal actions like moments and axial forces, followed by a design check to verify that each member and connection have adequate strength. While the types of analysis have changed from hand analysis to linear and more recently second order elastic analysis over the last 40 years, the two step design approach has prevailed for longer than a century.
In this context, the main objective of this project is to change the paradigm of steel structural design to be based on advanced analysis in which analysis and capacity check are carried out in a single step and leads to shorter, more flexible and more efficient structural design processes.