Strengthening and Monitoring of Structures

CVE80005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 48 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


Admission to a cognate Postgraduate course

Aims and objectives

The aim of this unit is to introduce engineering students to the basic principles of structural strengthening and health monitoring. During the unit we study the different causes of damage and deterioration mechanisms in structural materials, gain knowledge of different conventional repair and strengthening techniques, introduce innovative repair and strengthening methods using advanced composite materials and identify of the various technologies available for structural health monitoring. 

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Use advanced reinforced concrete design principles (K1, K3, S1, S2).
2. Explain the causes of structural deterioration (K3, S3)
3. Identify suitable strengthening techniques (K1, K3, S1, S2).
4. Design externally bonded composite strengthening schemes for structural elements for flexure shear and axial loads (K1, K3, S1, S2, S3).
5. Describe the constructability limitations of strengthening techniques (K3, S3).
6. Analyse structural health monitoring systems for concrete and steel structures (K3, S3).
7. Function effectively in small groups to design a strengthening solution for a reinforced concrete girder considering different loading actions, constructability and structural safety. (K1, K3, S1, S2, S3, A4, A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.