Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Nottingham Trent University

Contemporary Themes in Structural Engineering (15 HE credits)

The course includes structural aspects of railway track systems such as track gauge, loading and types of sleepers; methods of structural analysis of typical railway track systems: 1, 2 and 3 dimensional structural modelling of track system for stress and deformation calculations; earthquake engineering of structures: basic definitions of earthquake terms such as intensity and magnitude of earthquake, wave propagation and epicentre; static and dynamic analysis of structures subject to earthquake loading; design consideration of structural components to resist earthquake loading; structural optimisation: fundamental concept and definitions of optimisation, objective function, design variables, side and behaviour constraints; methods of structural optimisation: linear and non linear programming and heuristic and genetic algorithms techniques applicable to structural design optimisation.

Entry requirements

Good degree in a relevant subject.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Certificate Full-time - 13 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Nottingham NG1 4BU East Midlands

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