Computational and Experimental Structural Engineering

Teaching

Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering

This course is intended to introduce students to experimental methods, test planning, model preparation, loading systems, instrumentation, data acquisition and data processing. The course covers aspects of static and structural dynamics problems. Advance methods of testing will include hybrid techniques for substructure testing which combine simultaneous physical and numerical simulations. New testing methods of complex structural systems will be presented. Elements of modal testing and nondestructive methods will be introduced. The course provides an overview of laboratory work and is complemented with several “hands-on” applications in laboratory using testing and computing equipment.

Structural Engineering I This is a second of a two-course sequence on structural analysis required of all civil engineering students. The course concentrates on the calculation of deflections and the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Various methods will be presented to compute displacements, with the use of virtual work emphasized. For analysis of statically indeterminate structures, the force method of analysis (also called flexibility method) will be emphasized. Displacement-based methods will also be introduced including slope deflection method and moment distribution. Structures examined in this course will be modeled as planar trusses, beams and/or frame structures. Students will use a general purpose structural analysis program to analyze more complicated structures.

Structural Engineering II This is a second of a two-course sequence on structural analysis required of all civil engineering students. The course concentrates on the calculation of deflections and the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Various methods will be presented to compute displacements, with the use of virtual work emphasized. For analysis of statically indeterminate structures, the force method of analysis (also called flexibility method) will be emphasized. Displacement-based methods will also be introduced including slope deflection method and moment distribution. Structures examined in this course will be modeled as planar trusses, beams and/or frame structures. Students will use a general purpose structural analysis program to analyze more complicated structures.

The course emphasizes a theoretical understanding of fundamental concepts in analysis and design of steel structures. The focus of the course is on the torsional behavior of the steel members, beams without lateral bracing, beam-column elements, built-up sections, and different types of steel connections.

The course emphasizes a theoretical understanding of fundamental concepts in analysis and design of steel structures. The focus of the course is on the torsional behavior of the steel members, beams without lateral bracing, beam-column elements, built-up sections, and different types of steel connections.

Reinforced Concrete Design The primary objective of the course is to extend the student’s knowledge and proficiency in analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. To accomplish this objective, the course will examine topics related to the behavior of beams, columns, one-way slabs, structural walls and foundations (as time permits). Current methods for design of these elements under axial, flexural and shear forces will be examined. Practical design problems will be solved as homework assignments.

Mechanics of Materials In this course we will build on the knowledge gained in Statics to determine the internal forces in structures due to applied external loads. We will then see how these internal forces are distributed in terms of stresses. The emphasis of this course will be on understanding how solid bodies deform when subjected to these internal forces, and thus a key objective is to understand the mechanical behavior of materials. Emphasis will be on understanding basic concepts and applying them to solve engineering problems. Systematic problem solving methods will be stressed where student must first plan the solution and at the end, review the solution for reasonableness. The concepts learned in this course are important in future engineering studies and in practice because many of the equations in engineering design codes are based on fundamental concepts that will be covered in this course.
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Statics Application of mechanics to the study of static equilibrium of rigid and elastic bodies. Topics include composition and resolution of forces; moments and couples; equivalent force systems; free-body diagrams; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; forces in trusses and beams; frictional forces; first and second moments of area; moments and products of inertia; methods of virtual work and total potential energy.

Dynamics Mechanics is a branch of the physical sciences that is concerned with the state of rest or motion of bodies subjected to the action of forces. Engineering mechanics is divided into two areas of study, namely, statics and dynamics. Statics is concerned with the equilibrium of a body that is either at rest or moves with constant velocity. Here we will consider dynamics, which deals with the accelerated motion of a body. The subject of dynamics will be presented in two parts: kinematics, which treats only the geometric aspects of the motion, and kinetics, which is the analysis of the forces causing the motion. To develop these principles, the dynamics of a particle will be discussed first, followed by topics in rigid-body dynamics in two and then three dimensions.

Concrete Design Project The primary objective of the course is to extend the student’s knowledge and proficiency in analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. To accomplish this objective, the course will examine topics related to the behavior of beams, columns, one-way slabs, structural walls and foundations (as time permits). Current methods for design of these elements under axial, flexural and shear forces will be examined. Practical design problems will be solved as homework assignments.