Structural Engineering Design 2

Unit code: NEC4102 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
NEC2201 - Introduction to Structural Engineering Design
NEC3203 - Structural Engineering Design 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces the analysis and design of steel and steel-concrete composite structures. Topics include: wind loads, local buckling of thin steel plates, steel webs in shear and bearing, steel members under axial load and bending, steel connections, finite element analysis, plastic analysis of steel beams and frames, composite slabs, composite beams, and composite columns.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Compute wind loads and provide professional recommendations for implementation in a variety of conditions;
  2. Design steel members under combined actions and steel connections;
  3. Analyse frames and trusses using finite element software;
  4. Use the plastic method to analyse steel beams and simple steel frames; and
  5. Design composite slabs, composite beams and composite columns.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 15%
Tutorial Problems
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 25%
Design Project (Report maximum 35 A4 pages including design calculations and drawings)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Mid-block Test
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Final Test

Required reading

Reading materials and other resources will be listed on VU Collaborate.

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