Euro Codes with Introduction to Structural Reliability

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Euro Code Training

About the Course

Euro Codes (EC) are being introduced in the UK. The design philosophy in the EC is different from the allowable conventional codes which most of the engineers are used to. The course aims to provide participants with an understanding of structural reliability and Euro code. It will also introduce the concepts of uncertainty modelling in load and strength applications. Practical applications for the safety assessment of engineering structures, considering the key techniques involved, will be highlighted. This courses help to bring designers up to date with the practical application of Euro codes 1 (action), 2 (Concrete), 3 (steel), and 8 (earthquake).

The syllabus will include: basic statistics and probability, structural reliability, reliability based code development, overview of euro codes, understanding euro codes related to loading, steel and earthquakes. EC3 and EC8 will be explained through some examples.

Intended for:

The course is intended for practising engineers who need to understand Euro code and structural reliability

Course Outline: 

Day 1

09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 1: Introduction to Structural Reliability, Limit states – Prof. P.K. Das

10.30 – 11.00 – Break

11.00 – 12.30 Lecture 2: Reliability Based Code Development, Performance based risk informed design – Dr Boulent Imam

12.30 -13.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 – Lecture 3: Overview of Eurocodes, EC0 and EC1 – Dr Boulent Imam

15.00 – 15.30 – Break

15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 4: Overview of Eurocodes, EC2 – I – Dr Juan Sagaseta

Day 2

09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 5: Overview of Eurocodes, EC2 – II – Dr Juan Sagaseta

10.30 – 11.00 – Break

11.00 – 12.30 Lecture 6: Eurocode 3: Design of Steel Structures, General Rules and Rules for Buildings (EN 1993-1.1) – Dr Boulent Imam

12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Lecture 7: Euro Code3: Plated Structural Elements (EN 1993-1-5) – Dr Boulent Imam

15.00 – 15.30 – Break

15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 8: Euro code 8- Earthquake, Design for steel – Dr Boulent Imam

About the Lecturers:

Prof. Purnendu Das

BE, ME, PhD, C.Eng, C.MarEng, FRINA, FIStructE, FIMarEST has been the Director of ‘ASRANet Ltd’ (an ISO 9001-2008 certified spin out company of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde) from its inception in February 2006. He recently retired as Professor of Marine Structures in the Department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, UK. Past EU projects were MARSTRUCT (a network of excellence on Marine Structure) and SHIPDISMANTL (a cost effective and environmentally friendly dismantling of ship structures). Past industrial projects included work from the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), MoD UK, Subsea-7 UK, Shell, Woodgroup and US Navies etc. He was the principal investigator of many EPSRC projects. Before joining the University of Glasgow in 1991 he worked with British Maritime Technology as Principal Structural Engineer (1984-91). He is the author of more than 250 publications, including contract reports and more than 60 journal papers and is a member of the editorial boards of the ‘Journal of Marine Structures’, ‘Journal of Ship & Offshore Structures’, ‘Journal of Engineering under Uncertainty: Hazards, Assessment and Mitigation’ and ‘Journal of Ocean and Climate System’ amongst others. His areas of research include limit state design and analysis & reliability analysis of ship & offshore structures.

Professor Das has wide ranging industrial and academic contacts and has advised and supervised 20 PhD students, to his credit. Details of visits and collaborations include his various sabbatical study periods spent at University of California, Berkeley, USA (July – September 1996), at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (August 1997), Kockums Ltd (July 1998) and spent some time at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon (July 2000). He has been running various successful CPD courses which are attracting many people from different industries. These courses are on ‘Fatigue & Fracture Analysis’, ‘Ships at Sea’, ‘Advanced Analysis and Design of Offshore Structures’, ‘Offshore Floating System Design’, ‘Structural Response under Fire and Blast Loading’ and ‘Design of Pipelines and Risers’ amongst others. He was a member of ISSC (International Ship and Offshore Structure Congress) for the periods of 1991-97 and 2003-2006. He was a member of the OMAE (Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering) Organising Committee on ‘Safety and Reliability’. He has organised six ASRANet International Conferences in 2002 (Glasgow), 2004 (Barcelona), 2006 (Glasgow), 2008 (Athens), 2010 (Edinburgh) and 2012 (London) where a large number of participants from various countries attended. The theme of the conference is the integration of risk, advanced structural analysis and structural reliability analysis as applicable to various engineering structures. He is now the member of ISTRUCTE Research committee.

Dr Boulent Imam

BSc (Hons), MSc (Distinction), PhD is a Senior Lecturer at University of Surrey. His research interests lie in the area of fatigue and fracture of structural components and systems and risk and reliability assessment of structural systems. Dr Imam has contributed significantly towards in-depth understanding of the fatigue behaviour of riveted railway bridges and developed methods for more reliable quantification of their remaining fatigue life taking into account historical rail traffic, novel fatigue assessment methods, loading, resistance and modelling uncertainties as well as system effects. Later on, he extended his work on fatigue towards developing fracture mechanics guidelines for the assessment of fatigue crack growth in steel bridge details towards the optimisation of inspection and maintenance planning in steel bridges. Recently, Dr Imam has provided valuable insight towards understanding the potential impacts of climate change on bridges and quantifying the resilience of bridge infrastructure against these impacts by developing a risk-based framework for assessing the reliability of bridges over time by considering long-term material deterioration and bridge scour as well as the consequences of failure of bridges. This is complemented by his research in the area of climate change adaptation and asset management.

Dr Imam has participated in major UK and European Projects including an EPSRC-project investigating the reliability of bridge infrastructure under changing environmental conditions, considering scour and long-term material deterioration and he has been a principal investigator for the European project BriFaG (Bridge Fatigue Guidance), drafting European recommendations for the fatigue design of new and assessment of old steel bridges. Currently, he is participating in the European project MAINLINE (Maintenance, Renewal and Improvement of Rail Transport Infrastructure to Reduce Economic and Environmental Impacts), alongside the main railway infrastructure owners and managers in Europe, the objective of which is to create a life cycle assessment tool that can compare different maintenance/replacement strategies for railway infrastructure based on a life cycle evaluation. Dr Imam has also extensively collaborated with Network Rail on the assessment of bridges and is currently leading a project on climate change adaptation for asset management purposes.

Dr Juan Sagaseta

Dr Juan Sagaseta joined University of Surrey as a Lecturer in September 2010. He obtained the degree of Civil Engineering (Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos) at the School of Civil Engineering in Santander, University of Cantabria (Spain) in 2003. During his degree, he specialized in the area of structures obtaining a final grade of A (Sobresaliente). After graduation, he worked as a Structural Engineer in a consultancy office in Madrid (Proes) carrying out structural design of buildings and bridges. In 2005, he moved to London to start his PhD at Imperial College London on Shear Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures. His thesis was focused on the influence of aggregate fracture on the shear strength of reinforced concrete beams. This work included testing of large-scale specimens and developing analytical models using the strut-and-tie method, discrete crack approaches and non-linear finite element analysis. The work was summarized in five journal papers and several conference papers. During his PhD he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in the following courses: Constructionarium project, Creative Design, Reinforced Concrete Design, Structural Mechanics and Autocad Drawing.

From 2008 to 2010, Dr Juan Sagaseta was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he carried out research on punching shear of flat slabs and slab bridges. His work at EPFL focused on extending existing punching shear models and design methods to non-symmetrical cases, which are commonly found in practice. The findings contributed towards the validation of the new design formulas for punching shear in the first version of the New Model Code 2010 produced by the Fédération Internationale du Béton (fib). In 2011 he was awarded the fib Achievement Award (research category) based on his Doctoral Thesis for the scientific and technical contributions in the area of structural concrete. In 2012 he received the Magazine of Concrete Research Award (ICE publishing) for best paper of the year. He is currently working as principal investigator on an EPSRC project on the structural performance of flat slab-column connections under impact and blast loading.

Course Duration: 2 Days

Cost: £500 + VAT


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