KNE712 Assignment (50%) – Sem. 2, 2018

Assignment requirements

Find a journal article that meets all of the following criteria:

1. It is published in a reputable structural engineering journal, for example one or the journals listed in Appendix A (If you find another journal that you think should be listed in Appendix A you may put a proposal to the unit coordinator)Each student should choose a different journal.

2. It was published in the last 6 years

3. It has been cited at least 10 times

In particular, articles related to buckling, structural vibrations or structural health monitoring are encouraged (there are several other journals not in Appendix A that have articles on vibration).

Describe the article, andthe journal in which the article was published.(approx. 1500 words)

Provide a summary of the key methods and results (in more detail than is contained in the abstract – provide some technical detail).

Follow this with an assessment of the article. For example: What is the novelty and significance of the published work? What are the main outcomes of interest or importance? To whom would this article be of interest? What is your assessment of the quality and/or complexity of the work? How feasible would it be to reproduce the published work? Why would the journal you have chosen be interested in publishing the article you have chosen?

In your assessment of the article, make reference to the journal in which it is published, and in particular the measures of quality of that journal, and its relevance to structural engineering. For example: What is the stated focus of the journal? What are some of the key topics or subject areas of recent articles published in that journal? What is its impact factor, and how does it compare with other journals listed in Appendix A? Are there any particularly well-known or prominent people in the field on the editorial board, and what institutions are they associated with?

Provide a comprehensive review of literature on the subject matter of the article. (approx. 1500 words)

For example, what are the important or seminal works in the field? What are the main previous sources on which the work was based? Who has cited the work and why? What follow on work has been done? What other articles are there that have not been cited by the article you have chosen (if older) or have not cited the article you have chosen (if newer)? What is the quality of the literature you have found? How important is the article you have chosen in terms of the specific field to which it contributes? What are the opportunities for further work in the area (e.g. knowledge gaps, unresolved questions, follow-on or extension work etc.)?

This is to be submitted in a formal report at the end of semester. However it is expected that there will be measureable progress each week. There will be weekly group meetings of all the KNE712 students at which it is expected that drafts of sections of this report are shared and discussed. Active participation in these sessions, including contribution of constructive criticism, will form part of the assessment.


This assignment is linked to the unit learning outcome “Critically review research literature in the field of structural mechanics”.

A minimum level of achievement of this outcome is demonstrated by

· summarising and making some assessments of the quality of a scholarly technical article in the field of structural mechanics.

· appropriately referring to concepts such as references, citations, and metrics used to measure journal quality in the assessment of the chosen article

· successfully using scholarly databases to find several other older and newer articles closely relevant to the one being reviewed, and to coherently report on these.

Higher grades require clear writing with good structure, following conventions, an excellent technical understanding of the subject of the article being reviewed, an in-depth analysis of the chosen article, and a comprehensive review of relevant literature.

Appendix A – important structural engineering journals

· Advances in structural engineering

· Australian journal of structural engineering

· Australian journal of civil engineering

· Automation in construction

· Composite Structures

· Computer-aided civil and infrastructure engineering

· Computers and structures

· Construction and building materials

· Earthquake engineering and structural dynamics

· Engineering structures

· International journal of solids and structures

· International journal of steel structures

· Journal of composites for construction

· Journal of construction engineering and management

· Journal of constructional steel research

· Journal of engineering mechanics

· Journal of fluids and structures

· Journal of structural engineering

· Marine structures

· Materials and structures

· Smart materials and structures

· Steel and composite structures

· Structural health monitoring

· Structural safety

· Structure and Infrastructure engineering

· Thin-walled structures