Understanding Structural Behaviour (Manchester)


The course will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of structural behaviour.


  • Introduction to structural behaviour
  • Behaviour of simple beams
  • Behaviour of complex beams
  • Behaviour of frames
  • Introduction to portal frames


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course you should be able to:  

  • Draw the qualitative solution for the deflected shape, reactions and bending moment diagram for a range of two-dimensional frames
  • Explain the relationship between the diagrams and how each one can be checked against the other two
  • Draw the axial and shear force diagrams
  • Demonstrate the internal equilibrium at nodes and reactions

In addition to the above, you will have built an in-depth knowledge of structural behaviour taught by a leading expert in the field. You will also have gained up to ten hours of CPD and received an end-of-course certificate. 



Dr David Brohn CEng FIStructE has been awarded the President’s Award by the Institution of Structural Engineers, in recognition of his visionary approach to the education of students and graduates in structural engineering. It is only the second President’s Award ever made by the Institution. 

David pioneered the ‘Brohn Test’ in the early 1970s, leading the way in evidence-based tracking of the level of understanding of structural behaviour amongst graduates, ensuring that structural behaviour is learned in universities in an appropriate manner.

His 'Brohn Test' is used by educators and employers across the UK to measure and embed an understanding of structural behaviour in students and employees, and his experience and insight underpins this new Structural Behaviour Course from the Institution. 

David teaches structural engineering internationally as well as in the UK.



Intended for

Recent graduates from BEng or MEng courses. As the course is non-numerical it will also be of interest to those from other construction disciplines who wish to obtain a basic introduction to structural engineering.  


No entry criteria 


Refreshments available at 9.30am, course starts promptly at 10am

Event Information

Eventbrite - Understanding Structural Behaviour (Manchester)

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date
07/12/2017 - 08/12/2017

10am - 5.30pm

£450 + VAT for Members
£585 + VAT for Non-Members

Manchester Meeting Place, The University of Manchester, Sackville Street Campus, Sackville Street, Manchester

David Brohn

Event Contact
Peter Washer

Event Contact Email

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