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Design of Engineering Structures

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Structures are a key part of many engineered products from bridges to buildings to a wide range of mechanical devices. All structures are designed to fulfil a function and as well as understanding the behaviour of structures Structural engineers need to understand the functions for which the structure is being designed. As highlighted by Allan Mann in his recent paper in the ICE proceedings interfaces especially with mechanical systems are a frequent source of problems in construction. Assuming that the engineers working on the other components are going to come up with the right design is very risky.

The drive now from the Royal Academy of Engineering is for Integrated System Designers. This is of course much the same as understanding the functions but if necessary taking the lead in the overall design of the product. Ian liddell will present this argument with a few examples of where interface problems have occurred with a view to stimulating a discussion as to how it might impact engineering courses.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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