Course Description :

Introduction to structural engineering as an art and science and its fundamental tenets; description of structural systems, structural loads, and load paths; structural models, case studies of successful and unsuccessful structural designs; calculations of forces and deformation for simple determinate structures (trusses, beams and simple frames) and indeterminate structures using virtual work, use of stiffness methods in computer programs.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Determine external loads and limit states for simple trusses, beams and frames.
  • Establish load paths in structures and characterize their redundancy (or lack thereof).
  • Develop two dimensional analysis models from simple three dimensional structures.
  • Draw deflected shapes for simple structures and determine relationships between deformed shapes and axial and flexural forces.
  • Computer shear and moment diagrams for determinate and indeterminate structures using equilibrium, compatibility, and virtual work, and apply those results to preliminary sizing of structural members.
  • Explain the role of structural analysis in successful structural design and failure analysis.
  • Create appropriate models of complex structural systems for use in commercial software and evaluate the model against approximate solutions produced by hand.
Course Prerequisite :
C- or better in ESM 2204
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C
Semester Offered :
Fall, Spring