MSc Track: Structural Engineering

Structures such as bridges, high-rises, tunnels and storm surge barriers clearly may not collapse or fall over. They may not deflect too much or vibrate annoyingly. Moreover, often they need to last for more than 100 years without much maintenance. In the MSc Structural Engineering track you will learn to calculate which deflections we can expect, whether a structure will buckle, whether its strength will be sufficient, et cetera.

Essential to this are physical models of structures, of materials and of loading. You will learn to formulate these models, to test them and to apply them. Simple models are used for hand calculations to quickly make decisions in meetings with owners, architects, contractors and local governments. Complicated models are used for computer simulations to accurately determine whether a structure will comply with the design specifications. Examples are the stresses that will occur in a concrete dam of an artificial lake or the damage that will occur in a high-rise due to a strong earthquake.

Key features of this track:

➨ In-depth experimental and/or numerical analysis of widely used civil engineering materials, such as concrete, steel, asphalt, fibre reinforced polymers.

➨ In-depth structural analysis under a variety of loadings (wind, traffic, earthquakes, floodings) of all kinds of civil engineering structures, such as bridges, tunnels, masonry buildings, high rise buildings, roads, railways and storm barriers.

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