Design of Steel Structures to EC3

Design of Steel Structures to EC3 

ECIV 4318

Second Semester 2018/2019


Course Scope: This course teaches the engineering thought process through the design of steel structures. The course uses fundamentals of statics, mechanics of materials, and structural analysis and applies them to the design of structural members, with emphasis on satisfying real-world needs. Topics include an introduction to the design of structural systems, design of steel tension and compression members, design of beams and beam-columns, and an introduction to connection design. All design is performed in accordance with codes and specifications used in current engineering practice.

Course Goals: This course is designed to enable civil engineering students to apply classic structural behavior principles, along with the Eurocode EC3 Specifications, to the proper analysis and design of steel structures. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the analysis and design of tension members, tension connections, (both welded and bolted), compression members, flexural members, beam-columns and the complex structures comprised of such members. A concurrent and explicit goal is to develop the ability to take an engineering approach to problem solving, i.e., to define the problem, formulate and evaluate alternatives, and make rational, reasonable and economical decisions. The use of several PC- based software packages is emphasized throughout the course. Students are exposed to elements of the structural steel industry through a construction site visit and by a guest lecture.

Text Book and References

  1. Da Silva, L. S, Simoes, R., Gervasio, H. and Couchman, G., (2014) “Design of Steel Structures U.K. edition”, ECCS Eurocode Design Manuals,Wiley Ernst & Sohn.
  2. Martin L.H. and Purkiss J.A. (2008). Structural Design of Steelwork To EN 1993 and EN 1994. Third edition, Butterworth Heinemann.
  3. Lam, D., Ang, T.C. and Chiew, S.P., (2014) “Structural Steelwork: Design to Limit State Theory”, 4th Edition, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK.
  4. BS EN 1990 Eurocode : Basis of Structural Design, British Standards Institution, London, UK, 2005.
  5. BS EN 1991 Eurocode: Actions on Structures, British Standards Institution, London, UK, 2005.
  6. BS EN 1993 Eurocode 3: Design of Steel Structures, British Standards Institution, London, UK, 2005.
  7. SCI and BCSA, (2015), “Steel Building Design: Design Data In accordance with Eurocodes and the UK National Annexes”, SCI P363,


(Equations and Tables Tension-Compression Beams) For the Mid Term Exam

Design Equations, Tables and Charts 7-6-2019 new 7-6-2019

1-      Introduction of Steel Structures (Lecture 1)

2-      Mechanical properties of Structural Steel (lecture 2), (Types of Steel section in Europe and USA),

3-      Introduction to the Eurocodes (lecture 3)

4-      Design of Tension Members (lecture 4)

5-      Classification of steel cross sections (lecture 5).

6-      Design of Compression Members (lecture 6)

7-      Laterally Restrained Beams (lecture 7)

8-      Laterally Unrestrained Beams (lecture 8Design of Base Plate)new 

9-      Design of steel joints (Lecture 9)new

10-    Design of Beam – column members (Lecture 10)new

Teaching Methods

The topics in the course will be presented using the overhead and LCD projector and the traditional lecture format. Students are encouraged to attend lectures to ensure that they appreciate what material is considered to be most important. Groups of two or three students will be given one or two design projects to practice the principles of the basic design of steel structures taken in the undergraduate level.

Assessment of Learning

The final grade will be assigned as follows:
          Quizzes & course work:             15 %

          Mid Term Test:                           25 %
          Final Examination:                     60 %

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