Structural Modelling & Testing

Stage 1 Civil & Structural Engineering Degree students at Newcastle University's Civil Engineering Department are required to design and build a paper tower as part of their Structural Modelling & Testing Module (CIV133). The first three pictures show typical solutions. Following them, three pictures illustrate the Victorian Whitley Bay Metro Station which the same students are required to sketch.


Whitley Bay Metro Station

The following three pictures show the roof of Whitley Bay Metro Station. This structure was constructed in 1901 for the original Tyneside Metropolitan Railway. Originally, steam trains ran on the loop from Newcastle to the coast. They were replaced by electric trains in the early 1900's, using the third rail conductor system. Diesel trains replaced the electric trains in 1967 and the present light rail system, using 1500 volt overhead wires was introduced in August 1980. New tunnels took the system underneath the city centre and a new steel bridge took the metro over the River Tyne to Gateshead and South Shields. Many of the structural components introduced on the Newcastle Metro were load tested in the Newcastle University Structural Engineering Laboratories.