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Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4D7: Concrete and Prestressed Concrete, 2020-21

Engineering Tripos Part IIB, 4D7: Concrete and Prestressed Concrete, 2020-21

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Module Leader

Dr J Orr

Lecturers

Dr J Orr and Dr P Desnerck

Timing and Structure

Michaelmas term. 12 lectures + 2 examples classes + coursework. Assessment: 75% exam, 25% coursework

Prerequisites

2P8, 3D3

Aims

The aims of the course are to:

  • convey the principles of analysis and design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
  • evaluate the issues associated with reinforced and prestressed concrete structures which are core to the future use of the material, including sustainability, durability, and construction technology
  • place concrete into context within the UN sustainable development goals

Objectives

As specific objectives, by the end of the course students should be able to:

  • explain the principles of limit state design in the context of sustainability
  • analyse how construction processes inform design choices
  • evaluate the carbon impacts of concrete structures
  • create safe, durable, sustainable, and serviceable reinforced and prestressed concrete designs

Content

Concrete is the world's most widely used man made material. This course will build on the knowledge you already have (2P8 and 3D3) to continue to examine the role of reinforced and prestressed concrete in the built environment. At the end of the course you will be capable in the design of both reinforced and prestressed concrete, understanding when each is appropriate to use. We will also place them in the wider context of sustainable design, examining how good design can save significant amounts of concrete and carbon dioxide emissions.

4D7 content is relevant to UN SDGs 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 12 (Responsible consumption and production), and 13 (Climate Action).

 

4D7 Content

Module ILO

Session/Activity ILOs

Activity

Assessment

By the end of the course students should be able to:

By the end of the session or activity, students should be able to:

 

 

ILO1: Explain the principles of limit state design in the context of sustainability

1.1 Explain the principles of limit state design (2)

1.1: Lecture 1

1.1 Laboratory 1

1.2 Explain the role of cement and concrete in sustainable design (2)

1.2 Lecture 1

1.2 Examination

1.3 Explain the effect of different constituents on the properties of both fresh and hardened concrete (2)

1.3: Laboratory 1

1.3 Laboratory 1

 

ILO2: Analyse how construction processes inform design choices. (4)

2.1 Understand the history of concrete construction (2)

2.1: Lecture 2

2.1: Examination

2.2 Illustrate the role of construction practice in sustainability (3)

2.2: Lecture 2

2.2: Examination

2.3 Critically analyse how construction practices including modern methods of construction influence design choices (4)

2.3: Lecture 3 (optional site visit)

2.3: Coursework

 

ILO3. Evaluate the carbon impacts of concrete structures. (5)

3.1 Explain how embodied carbon is measured (2)

3.1 Lecture 4

3.1 Examination

3.2 Apply the principles of embodied carbon measurement to drive carbon reductions in design (3)

3.2: Coursework

3.2: Coursework

3.3 Analyse material durability and deterioration mechanisms in the context of carbon emissions (4)

3.3 Lecture 5

3.3 Examination

3.4 Analyse the limitations of whole life carbon assessments (4)

3.4: Lecture 6 (Peer Assessment Session)

3.4: Peer Assessment

 

ILO4. Create safe,durable, sustainable, and serviceable reinforced and prestressed concrete designs (6)

4.1 Calculate the strength of members with flexure and axial load (3)

4.1 Lecture 7

4.1 Examination

4.2 Calculate the deformation of members with flexure (3)

4.2 Lecture 8

4.2 Examination

4.3 Calculate the strength of members with shear and torsion (3)

4.3 Lecture 9

4.3 Examination

4.4 Calculate the bond resistance of reinforcement (3)

4.4 Lecture 10

4.4 Examination

4.5 Analyse losses in prestressed concrete (4)

4.5 Lecture 11

4.5 Examination

4.6 Evaluate designs using both hand calculations and computer tools (5)

4.6 Lecture 12

4.6 Coursework

4.7 Design concrete elements that meet the constraints of a specified brief (6)

4.7 Coursework 1

4.7 Coursework

 

Note: the numbers in ( ) refer to cognitive levels, with higher numbers being higher levels of cognition.

Coursework

 

Coursework Format

Due date

& marks

Concrete design project

Coursework 1:  This will consist a conceptual design exercise.

Learning objectives:

  • Critically analyse how construction practices including modern methods of construction influence design choices
  • Apply the principles of embodied carbon measurement to drive carbon reductions in design
  • Evaluate designs using both hand calculations and computer tools
  • Design concrete elements that meet the constraints of a specified brief
     

Peer assessment

Each student will mark two other reports and then reflect on their own submission

Anonymously marked

TBC

 

Booklists

Please refer to the Booklist for Part IIB Courses for references to this module, this can be found on the associated Moodle course.

Examination Guidelines

Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.

UK-SPEC

The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) describes the requirements that have to be met in order to become a Chartered Engineer, and gives examples of ways of doing this.

UK-SPEC is published by the Engineering Council on behalf of the UK engineering profession. The standard has been developed, and is regularly updated, by panels representing professional engineering institutions, employers and engineering educators. Of particular relevance here is the 'Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes' (AHEP) document which sets out the standard for degree accreditation.

The Output Standards Matrices indicate where each of the Output Criteria as specified in the AHEP 3rd edition document is addressed within the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Triposes.

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