Will your structures stand the test of time?
Structures have always been designed for strength, stiffness and stability, but today’s biggest challenge for cities worldwide is sustainability. And that means much more than just a low environmental impact. Future engineers also need to take multifunctionality, adaptability and societal measures into consideration. That is what you will explore during the Sustainable Structures programme. You will study composite structures, as they can be light-weight, reusable, durable or even bio-based. Besides that, you will work on your own structural project.
Want to know more about sustainable engineering? Combine this programme with the Future Cities (15 ECTS) programme.
What's Sustainable Structures like?
The Sustainable Structures exchange programme combines theory with practice. Below you can read how this bachelor's level programme of 15 ECTS credits is structured.
Project Sustainable Structures (3 ECTS credits)
For the Sustainable Structures project, you will work on a realistic and multidisciplinary project in a team of students from other courses. You will exercise draftsmen and structural engineering skills, such as basis of design, variant study, structural calculations and structural drawings, while designing a steel/timber/FRP-structure according to applicable codes. This means that you will be gaining real work experience on a structural project!
Throughout the project, you will have plenty of room to develop and improve your collaborative and communicative skills. The project is coached by a lecturer from Windesheim. Further elements of teaching consist of coaching on the job, peer interaction and feedback.
Sustainability in engineering (3 ECTS credits)
During the Sustainability in engineering course, we will focus on the seven sustainable design principles. This is useful for your main project, as these principles will guide you in the analysis and quantification of your structure’s environmental impact.
Advanced applied mechanics (3 ECTS credits)
This course provides the theoretical foundation for assessing the construction of steel, concrete, timber and composite structures in terms of strength, stiffness and stability. You will learn more about:
- Extension stress by double bending
- Extension stress by extension force and combination of stresses
- Shear stress by shear force
- Shear stress by torsion combinations of stresses
- Statically in-determined beams
- Statically in-determined frameworks
Composite structures (2 ECTS credits)
Composite structures are highly durable as the material can have a lifespan of more than 100 years with only little maintenance. This course discusses the engineering of basic composite structures according to the Dutch recommendations, which are the precursor of the Eurocode.
Complete your exchange semester or year by taking one or more electives. The module Introduction to Windesheim is compulsory for all international students, but you are free to choose from the other options. You will receive ECTS credits when you complete a module successfully.
Want to know more about the exchange programme of Sustainable Structures? Check the course catalogue for more information about matters such as assessment and teaching methods.
- Project Sustainable Structures (3 ECTS credits)
Requirements and application
You are required to have two years of Bachelor’s study experience in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering or a similar course, and English-language skills at B2 level.
When you decide to do an exchange programme at Windesheim, you have to sign the Learning Agreement of your programme. The Learning Agreement is a crucial document for the recognition of a study period abroad. It is an agreement between you, your university and Windesheim.