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Environmental Loads BYG525

The course will introduce environmental loads on civil engineering structures and how they impact the structural design.  

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science

Learning outcome
The course is to give students an introduction to environmental loads. Upon completing the course, the students shall:
  • be familiar with snow and ice loads effects on structures as well as the load design values
  • be familiar with effects of earthquake on structures, and be able to compute structural response to earthquake by using the design Spectrum as well as carry out simple response calculations in time-domain
  • be familiar with the mean and time-varying wind forces on structures, and be able to compute the static and dynamic wind-induced response
  • be familiar with the linear wave theory and wave and current loads on structures
  • be familiar with the design loads and design principles
Snow and ice loads. Earthquake loads. Wind and wave statistics. Mean and fluctuating wind forces. Linear wave theory. Wave forces. Design loads and design principles.
Required prerequisite knowledge
BYG140 Structural Mechanics 1, BYG205 Structural Mechanics 2, BYG550 Mechanical Vibrations
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours A - F All written and printed means are allowed. Calculators are allowed.

Coursework requirements

6 out of 7 of the tutorial work has to be approved in order to allow one to take the exam. 

Mandatory work (such as hand in assignments, lab- assignments, projects, etc) must be approved by the lecturer within a given period ahead of examination date.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Jasna Bogunovic Jakobsen
Course teacher: Jungao Wang
Method of work
On average, five hours lectures and one hour tutorial pr. week. All information about the course will be made available on Canvas. The course will be taught in English. 
Open for
Engineering Structures and Materials - Master's Degree Programme
Course assessment
Form and/or discussion.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Environmental Loads (BYG520) 6
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