Stability Design of Steel Structures

Practical Approach

Erasmus+ BIP

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Partners

This Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) is a collaboration between Hasselt University (Belgium), Hamk University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal).

General information

This Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) aims addressing the fundamental aspects on the stability design of steel structures according to Eurocodes.

The course will cover the different stability related issues in the design of steel structures which includes: global structural analysis (e.g. 2nd order effects); member stability design of columns, beams and beam-column members; local instability in class 4 and in cold-formed thin-walled cross-section members.

The course will have a practical approach and use the design software’s available in the market, preparing the participants for a computer-aided stability design of steel structures.

The course will be taught in English. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate equivalent to 3 ECTS.

Staff

Ma Zhongcheng

Ma Zhongcheng
Location

Häme University of Applied Sciences

José Gouveia Henriques

José Gouveia Henriques
Location

Hasselt University

Hervé Degée

Hervé Degée
Location

Hasselt University

Luís Prola

Luís Prola
Location

Polytechnic of Leiria

Pedro Gala

Pedro Gala
Location

Polytechnic of Leiria

Marta Agante

Marta Agante
Location

Polytechnic of Leiria

Programme Schedule

Wednesday 8 May - Online

14:00 - 15:00 Online welcoming

Opening session with presentation of teaching staff, participants and overview of the course.

Monday 13 May - On campus

09:00 - 12:00 Introduction & Structural analysis

Global stability analysis of steel structures. Determination of critical load factors, the relevance of the 2nd order effects and the methods to include these in the structural analysis.

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH BREAK 

13:00 - 16:00 Application

Application examples on stability design of columns.

Tuesday 14 May - On campus

09:00 - 12:00 Stability design of columns

Stability design of columns. Calculation of buckling lengths, critical buckling loads and buckling reduction factors. Design checks according to the EN 1993-1-1.

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH BREAK 

13:00 - 16:00 Application

Application examples on stability design of columns.

Wednesday 15 May - On campus

09:00 - 12:00 Stability design of beams

Stability design of beams. Calculation of critical lateral torsional buckling lengths, critical bending moments and lateral torsional buckling reduction factors. Design checks according to the EN 1993-1-1.

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH BREAK 

13:00 - 16:00 Cultural activity

Thursday 16 May - On campus

09:00 - 12:00 Application & stability design of beam-column

Application examples on stability design of beams. Stability design of beam-columns. Design checks according to the EN 1993-1-1.

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH BREAK 

13:00 - 16:00 Application

Application examples on stability design of beam-columns.

Friday 17 May - On campus

09:00 - 12:00 Stability of class 4 CS & CFS

Stability design of class 4 and cold-formed thin-walled cross-section members. Calculation of effective cross-section properties, buckling and lateral torsional buckling reduction factors. Design checks according to the EN 1993-1-1, EN 1993-1-5 and EN 1993-1-5.

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH BREAK 

13:00 - 16:00 Application & Assignment

Application examples on stability design of class 4 and cold-formed thin-walled cross-section members.

Assignment.

Monday 27 May - Online

14:00 - 15:00 Presentations & Wrap-up

Online presentation of assignments followed by questions and answers.

Wrap-up of the programme.

Application and selection

Application is open from 25 September to 25 November 2023 for civil engineering students of master level via Application-BIP2324-Stability of Steel Structure

Selection will be based on your motivation, study progress, study field, gender and institution to ensure gender equality and diversity of committed students with a background in construction engineering.

All applicants will be informed about their selection by the end of December 2023.

Registration fee and budget

No registration fee.

Lunches, group dinner and cultural activy offered by the organization.

Accomodation, travel and visa costs, other meals are at your own expense. Students from partner universities can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for short term mobility at their home university to cover most of these costs.

Accommodation + Travel Info

Accommodation

We can book a hotel room for you in a hotel near our campus in Diepenbeek at a fair price.

Travel info

Any booking of flights or hotel before your official acceptance for the course is your responsibility.

Where are we

Hasselt University (UHasselt), Faculty of Engineering Technology (IIW), Campus Diepenbeek

Campus Diepenbeek

Faculty IIW

City of Hasselt

The city of Hasselt is only 4 km from campus Diepenbeek and has much to offer. Be sure to visit it.

Visit Hasselt

Coordination and Organisation

Academic coordination

Prof. dr. Jose G. Henriques, Hasselt University

Administrative coordination and contact

Mrs. Karine Evers | karine.evers@uhasselt.be

Organisation

Faculty of Engineering Technology
Department of civil engineering technology
Agoralaan Building H
3590 Diepenbeek
BELGIUM

In close collaboration with Hamk University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal) in the framework of an Erasmus+ BIP.