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Structural & Material Engineering (STRUCM)

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Introduction

The latest evolution of Faculty of Civil Engineering is the formation of the Division of Structures and Materials in July 2009. Adapting to the rapid changes and specialization of programs in Civil Engineering, the two original divisions; Division of Structures and Computing and Division of Construction Engineering and Project Management  have splitted to form and rebrand the divisions into Division of Structures and Materials and Division of Construction Business and Project Management. The formation of the Division of Structures and Materials now has a very clear focus on structural engineering and construction materials.  To keep abreast with the need of construction industries, Division of Structures and Materials (StrucM) has providing foundation and advance courses on the construction materials, material design and analysis, structure analysis, structural design and in the modeling and analysis tools employed for the numerical quantification and visualization of structural response etc. The subjects taught contribute to the formation of the fundamentals of the calculation (analysis and design) of the building structures and new knowledge on advanced materials which offering helpful tools for engineers. Civil engineering stresses that studies should be closely combined with engineering practice tehrefore site visits and talks by practitioners has been incorporated in the curriculum and encouraged if not stated. Full details of the courses offered can be found in the academic guideline book published by the faculty.

For advance materials development, structural design and analysis, the adoption of new materials, new structures and new technologies and the application of information technologies for construction engineering have become the major features in the development of the curriculum for postgraduate programme.

Besides high quality teaching and instruction at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the Division is actively involved in basic and applied research and consultancy and provides high quality technical advisory support through various R&D projects and consultancy to various organizations. The Division of Structures and Materials continues to maintain and cultivate its strong links with the infrastructural industry and academic and research institutions both within and outside the country.


Our Mission

To provide a comprehensive education and training to engineers using a holistic approach to structural systems engineering by emphasizing and building on the commonality of engineering structures at the levels of materials, mechanics, analysis and design.



People

The division has a wide range of specialists in order to maintain and enhance its status in teaching and research. We have a large number of academic staff who carries out research, teaching and administration. We also have experienced practising  civil engineers who assist with teaching our students in the design studios. At present there are 51  division’s staff which consists of 2 professors, 10 associate professors, 3 senior lecturers, 21 junior lecturers and  2 tutors. We rely tremendously on our 13 laboratory staff for the smooth running of our laboratory for teaching and research activities.

 


Research and Consultancy

The Division supports both fundamental and applied researches. Both structural engineering and materials science and engineering necessarily and significantly underlie the importance of the improvement of people’s living standard and the sustainable development of society and economy. Research activities at the division is quite varied and current research activities include computational mechanics, load description, specialized concrete engineering, manufacturing of large-scale composite structures,  repairing and reinforcing techniques, earthquake engineering (design of the earthquake resistance of buildings, including research for the development of earthquake-resistant reinforcing technologies), structural reliability and risk engineering, advanced material structural rehabilitation and new advance materials with focus on new materials, smart materials, biomaterials, new energy materials, innovative nano-materials and so on, which has greatly stimulated the researches on/into waste materials and green building materials. Our strength lies in the combination of numerical (program controlled) computations and experimental investigations conducted in a large, well-equipped laboratories.The division has developed strong links with the building and construction industries and academic and research , both with in and outside the country. The Divison has also signed several MoUs and MoAs with the universities and industries namely :

1. Kilang Papan Mohamed Yusof dan Anak-anak Terengganu.
2. Woodsfields Timber Industries Sdn Bhd.
3. GD Heritage Sdn Bhd.
4. Chungnam National University, Daejeon Korea.
The division has attracted significant amount of sponsored research funding from government and private agencies.

 


Laboratories

The  Division of Structures and Materials has as main goal,  the teaching and advancement of research in the field of structures, mechanics and technology of materials used in civil engineering. The  structures and materials laboratory offers specialised services related to the measurement and assessment of mechanical and other properties for a wide range of materials and small and large scale structural elements. Teaching and research activities in the Structural Materials Laboratory are associated with the following:


• development and application of advanced civil engineering materials, with emphasis on fibre-reinforced polymer composites, nano-particles reinforced composite, high-performance concrete (fibre-reinforced, high-strength, lightweight etc.)
• behaviour of structural steel, concrete, timber and timber-based products
• mechanics and technology of masonry and mortars
• concrete technology
• waste technology
• cement technology
• non-destructive evaluation of materials and structural members
• lightweight foam-based  materials
• earth-quake resisted structures
• railway sleepers
•filled-column technology

 

Under Division of Structure and Materials, there are 5 main laboratories;

• Heavy structure laboratory
• Fabrication laboratory
• Non-destructive and advanced materials laboratory
• Light structure laboratory
• Concrete laboratory

 

The equipment of the Structures and Materials Laboratory includes the following :


• tension, compression, flexure and torsion testing machines
• rigid frame for biaxial testing of structural elements
• strain and displacement measurement devices
• non-destructive testing equipment (e.g. ultrasonic instrument, rebound hammer, hardness, corrosion analyzer, permeability apparatus, porosity tester)
• concrete and mortar technology equipment

 

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