Structural integrity: predicting and assessing performance
Structural integrity is the study of the safe design and assessment of components and structures under load and has become increasingly important in engineering. It integrates mechanical engineering, stress analysis, materials behaviour and the mechanics of failure into the engineering design and failure analysis. The module theory is illustrated with case studies, and will be of value to anyone interested in the design or assessment of components or structures that undergo loading. The module will also cover how to obtain structural integrity data practically and apply this to forensic engineering cases.
What you will study
The first two weeks of the module revise concepts needed to study the rest of the module. Online study guides and self-assessment quizzes support your revision. If you’ve completed Core engineering A (T271) and Core engineering B (T272), most of the revision material will be familiar to you. We’ve included it to ensure you have the appropriate grounding for the rest of the module, even if it’s just a refresher for some.
The module consists of three parts – each supported by a printed book:
The first part of the module covers the theory of structural integrity, failure analysis and fracture mechanics.
The second part will introduce some of the measurement and testing procedures used to gather data to support the concepts developed in Part 1.
The final part introduces the principles of forensic engineering. You’ll study several real-life case studies illustrating the application of the concepts covered in Parts 1 and 2.
You will learn
You’ll learn how to assess the structural integrity of engineering components and structures, predict and prevent failure in them, and conduct forensic engineering analysis.
T367 has no formal entry requirements; however, it is an OU level 3 module. Therefore, you need a good knowledge of engineering and mathematics obtained through OU level 1 and 2 study or another higher education institution.
We recommend you have completed:
We strongly recommend you check your background and experience are sufficient to tackle this module. We’ve found that appropriately prepared students have the best chance of completing their studies and get the most enjoyment from the module.
Talk to an advisor if you’re not sure you’re ready.
The study materials for this module are a combination of print and online. The main print materials cover each part of the module. You’ll also have access to a module website, which includes:
- a week-by-week study planner
- course-specific module materials
- audio and video content
- learning activities
- assignment details and submission section
- access to student and tutor group forums.
We’ll also provide a printed module guide and handbook.
You will need
You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11) or macOS (11 'Big Sur' or higher).
Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.
To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).
Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.
Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.
It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop, as described above.