Development of a virtual testing application for the teaching and learning of structural engineering

Lam, Heung Fai, Kitipornchai, Sritawat and Reichl, Thomas (2010) Development of a virtual testing application for the teaching and learning of structural engineering. IES Journal Part A: Civil and Structural Engineering, 3 2: 119-130. doi:10.1080/19373261003620082


Author Lam, Heung Fai
Kitipornchai, Sritawat
Reichl, Thomas
Title Development of a virtual testing application for the teaching and learning of structural engineering
Journal name IES Journal Part A: Civil and Structural Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1937-3260
1937-3279
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/19373261003620082
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 119
End page 130
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 2205 Civil and Structural Engineering
2206 Computational Mechanics
2210 Mechanical Engineering
Abstract With the recent developments in structural analysis and material technologies, engineers can now use framing systems and construction materials in a more efficient manner. This results in a reduction in safety margins and the reserve capacity of structures to accommodate abnormal or accidental loading conditions. The consideration of progressive failure or collapse in the design process has also become increasingly important. In view of this, there is a need to modify traditional teaching methods in the education of the new generation of structural engineers with the view to build up their conceptualisation of local and global structural behaviour to gain a clear understanding of the progressive failure or collapse of structural systems. In achieving this goal, we propose to educate structural engineering students using 'virtual' experiments in a self-learning environment that allows them to observe changes in structural behaviour instantly as one changes to structural geometry, support conditions, member properties and loading conditions. A user-friendly 2D structural analysis software application called iSA (Instant Structural Analysis) has been developed as a prototype self-learning environment for this purpose. This article presents some of the essential requirements of the prototype to render it a suitable tool for the teaching and learning of structural analysis and design.
Keyword Progressive collapse
Software application
Structural engineering
Teaching and learning
Virtual testing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
 
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