A wide range of optional modules, including a major group design project and individual investigative project, are available during this final year.
If you choose to take a year in industry, this will usually be during your fourth year and you will then study the following modules on your return.
Individual Investigative Project
You will undertake a long-term individual research project appropriate to your particular interests. It normally takes the form of an investigative, development or design project ending as a detailed final report. Projects involve lab work, field investigations or computer modelling and require data collection and analysis.
Group Design Project
Working in groups, you'll design and plan a major civil engineering project. Typical projects include water works, major highway schemes and retail parks. Staff and visiting professional engineers provide guidance.
Sustainable Construction and Life Cycle Assessment
This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops, for three hours each week, and is designed to deliver an understanding of sustainability principles and how, in particular, transport infrastructure engineering as well as the wider construction industry can contribute to sustainable development.
This module will introduce the components of railway track structures, conventional and otherwise. It will include analysis of forces on a railway track and consequent deflections, stresses, alignment design principles, and an overview of the railway as a total system including operational issues, signalling and control. You'll spend three hours in lectures each week when studying this module.
Highway and Pavement Design
This module covers the design of highway lay-outs, concentrating on the effects of number of lanes and junction design. It also includes the design of road pavement structures and surfaces using different techniques and materials together with the deterioration mechanisms involved. The module is delivered through three hours of lectures each week.
Dynamics and Wind Engineering
This module considers the effects of wind on structures. It shows how the wind loading codes are developed from first principles and how they can be applied to predict wind induced forces in structures. The dynamic response of structures to wind is studied with the help of wind tunnel tests.
This module is delivered through six hours of lectures and computer-based tutorials each week and covers the principles of water height variation, ocean forces (from waves and tides) and energy conversion into electrical power and to the design of energy production systems.
Managing Infrastructure Systems
The use of reliability assessment techniques to investigate the likelihood and causes of failure, and to support asset management decision making is considered in this module. It covers techniques that can be used to model the failure and degradation of assets, and the impacts of inspection and maintenance strategies on the asset lifecycle. The studied techniques enable the objective critical evaluation of systems and assets, and also allow the selection of optimal asset management strategies which will be discussed in the context of their application to asset infrastructures.
Advanced Structural Analysis
The module will look into advanced structural analysis methods including finite element, non-linear analysis and stability. It will also look into the analysis of dynamic systems.
Geotechnical Modelling (autumn)
This module will reinforce and advance some of the principles of soil mechanics previously learnt, and describe the principles of Critical State Soil Mechanics (CSSM), a model used to predict the behaviour of soils.
It includes revision of previous concepts, shear box and triaxial tests data analysis, critical state line, elasticity and plasticity, development of an elasto-plastic soil model, and constitutive model application in numerical simulations.
Students will learn about and conduct their own triaxial tests on soil samples within the laboratory such that they can obtain constitutive model parameters for the soil. Students will learn to use a finite element method (FEM) software package that is popular for geotechnical analyses as well as the principles of physical modelling using a geotechnical centrifuge. The coursework element will require students to use constitutive model parameters obtained from triaxial testing within FEM analyses.
The FEM analyses will include
- the replication of the triaxial tests and verification of results against analytical predictions (using CSSM), and
- simulation of a boundary value problem (e.g. vertical loading of a foundation), for which they will compare numerical predictions against a centrifuge test data set provided to them.
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Advanced Structural Design
The module will look into the design of specialised structural systems such as composite beams and floors, portal frames, tubular trusses, and pre-stressed concrete beams and slabs. It will also look into connection behaviour, the design of steel moment connections and sway stability of buildings. A major group design exercise will illustrate the approach to the design of complete structures.