Introduction to Steel Construction

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration3 SWS
TermSommersemester 2020
Language of instructionGerman
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Admission information


After participation in the course, the students understand the main characteristics of the material steel, torsion theory and construction products used in steel and lightweight construction. They are capable of performing stress design of components of steel constructions. This implies the reference to applicable standards like EC3. Depending on the cross-section class, students can apply a suitable assessment procedure and utilise the relevant design formulas. Note: The learning outcomes of the stability theory for a comprehensive assessment of steel structures in building practice and the learning outcomes of the stability theory required in addition as well as the means of connection of steel construction are part of other modules.


Material science with respect to steel: production, production processes, products, designation, materials testing; stress proof for components made of steel: stress by axial force, shear forces, single - and multi-axis bending, torsion; classification of the components according to EC3 (classes 1 to 3) and supporting documents (elastic or using plastic cross-sectional and system reserves;) Introduction to the theory of torsion (torsion and distortion).


The students will need good knowledge of the previous semesters, in particular in the field of technical mechanics (TM1 + 2/Prof. Müller) and structural analysis (static 1/Prof. Bletzinger). The students possess knowledge in the elasticity theory. They are able to determine internal forces of statically indeterminate structures. The secure mastery of this basic knowledge is an elementary prerequisite to a successful participation in the basic module of metal construction.

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught as a classic lecture in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, supplemented by a table for record and further information. The exercise will be held using a Tablet PC. Examples are exercised and in doing so the active participation of the students in the elaboration of solutions is very welcome. The lecture is supplemented by self-study of the participants in the form of worksheets, which are a good preparation for the exam. In addition, an application to employ tutors is filed, who hold tutorials accompanying the course in case of approval of the application by the board of tuition fees.


The examination is divided into two parts: part A general questions (without documents), part B calculation tasks (use of own additional documents is allowed). Part A contains general questions and easy calculation tasks that can be solved without additional documents. Here, the student should be able to show that he has understood the content of the lecture and the script in broad terms and to perform simple calculations according to EC by hand, and is able to determine basic mechanical parameters such as e.g. the plastic resistance sizes. Part B of the examination requires the deeply tremendous knowledge of design methods according to EN 1993-1-1, the application of techniques such as plastic hinge theory as well as the mechanical theories of torsion and warping torsion.

Recommended literature

Scripts to the lecture, M. Mensinger e.a.; DIN EN 1993-1-1; Stahlbau, C. Petersen, 3. Auflage, Vieweg & Sohn Verlag; Stahlbau, M.A. Hirt, R. Bez, Ernst & Sohn Verlag; Stahlbau, Teil 1, Grundlagen, U. Krüger, 3. Auflage, Ernst & Sohn Verlag


Tutorial to Introduction to Steel Construction

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