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

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21


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)