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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
  Feb 24, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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AE 3201 - Principles of Structural Engineering

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course builds on concepts from statics and mechanics of materials to introduce the student to the principles of structural engineering. Students will be introduced to structural analysis of determinate structures, design of steel and reinforced concrete beams, and design of steel columns. (prereq: AE 201 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe the material properties of steel and concrete and the common geometric properties of steel and reinforced concrete structural elements
  • Describe the assumed mechanical behavior of flexural members and compressive elements made with steel or reinforced concrete
  • Analyze framing plans to determine loadings on structural components
  • Analyze statically determinate structural elements and systems to determine the internal forces and the displacements
  • Analyze steel or reinforced concrtee elements to determine their flexural or compressive capacity
  • Describe common connections of structural members

Prerequisites by Topic
Static analysis of beams, frames and trusses

  • Deformation and displacement of statically determinate systems

Course Topics
  • Review of tributary load, load types, shear and moment diagrams
  • Design approaches - ASD and LRFD
  • Introduction to steel materials and shapes
  • Introduction to AISC specifications for beams and columns
  • Steel beam flexural and shear capacity including Lat-Tors buckling 
  • Steel column capacity; buckling
  • Introduction to bolted and welded connections
  • Introduction to concrete and reinforcement materials and shapes
  • Introduction to ACI specifications for beams and columns
  • Moment-Curvature behavior of reinforced concrete beams, stress-strain relations
  • Reinforced concrete beam flexural and shear capacity
  • Estimating reinforced concrete beam deflections
  • Introduction to detailing concrete reinforcement
  • Reinforced concrete column capacity (axial load only)

Chris Raebel

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