With a total funding of 200 000 EURO from the European Leonardo Program
and a budget of 600000 EURO, Skanaluminium, the association for the aluminium
industry in Scandinavia (see www.aluminium.no) contracted a 3 year project
(1996-1999) of offering vocational and life long training courses to European
engineers in aluminium alloy structural design by means of open distance
Related to cost, weight reduction, quality and new environmental standards,
aluminium civil structures (bridges, roof structures, removable buildings)
and transport structures (automotive, rail, ship), is more often selected
instead of the traditional solutions based on steel. These new market
areas for aluminium application meet an increasing demand for new knowledge
within structural design.
The great challenge in the project was related to motivation and availability:
Open and distance learning (ODL)
The use of new technology in combination with traditional methods seems the most appropriate way to distribute the training courses. Examples are:
Content of training modules
Detailed plans for course content were based on market- and training needs analysis and modularised for the different target groups. The course content was made up by modules. The modules were classified as basic, advanced I or advanced II in accordance with the TALAT material.
A course on "Construction in Aluminium" (80h/10 weeks) was given to college teachers in Scandinavia and a course on "Fatigue design" (40h/10weeks) was organised for PhD students, as an example.
25 different partners from 10 countries participated in the project. The partners comprised 6 universities, 3 colleges, 3 ship yards, 3 aluminium companies, 3 training/research organisations, 1 civil engineering company and 6 aluminium associations.
TAS Results for the TALAT updating
Through WP1 of the TAS project, "Aluminium Structural Design" series (from 2200 to 2700) are largely updated and expanded. This new part represents more or less 700 pages. In these updated lectures and new lectures, the theoretical and practical approaches are largely based on the new Eurocode 9 directive.
In Chapter 2200, lecture "2204 Design philosophy" has been updated by Steinar Lundberg. A particular big work has been done by Torsten Hoglund who had completely renewed lecture 2301 "Design of members" which is accompanied by 29 examples solved with the Mathcad sofware. The lecture 2302 "Design of Joints" initially written by Torsten Hoglund has been updated by Federico Mazzolani. In the new lectures 2405 and 2406, Dimitris Kosteas explains the latest developments concerning "Fatigue and Fracture in Aluminium Structure". Lectures 2501 to 2504 related to "Design for Fire Resistance" has been all updated. Finally, several "Design examples" directly based on the new Eurocode 9 complete chapter 2700:
Henceforth, the "Aluminium Structural Design" part of the TALAT CD-ROM is very complete and the TALAT CD-ROM is probably the most efficient tool to transfer the aluminium designing knowledge according to the new Eurocode 9 Directive.