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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
  Feb 25, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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AE 3211 - Structural Analysis

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course presents methods of structural analysis for indeterminate structures. Topics include virtual work method for deflections, flexibility method, stiffness methods, and computerized structural analysis. Course includes laboratory exercises. (prereq: AE 3201 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze statically determinate structures with complex loadings and geometry
  • Analyze statically indeterminate structures using classical methods
  • Distringuish the needed level of accuracy in an engineering model
  • Compare results from computer software and hand calculations
  • Interpret test results using theoretical concepts as supporting evidence
  • Describe key components in mechanical test systems including load apparatus and data acquisition

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Static analysis of beams, frames and trusses
  • Deformation and displacement of statically determinate systems
  • Structural loadings and load paths

Course Topics
  • Use of structural analysis software
  • Forces in statically determinate beams and frames
  • Forces in statically determinate trusses
  • Displacements of determinate structures by the Virtual Work method
  • Redundant Force Method for indeterminate structures
  • Moment distribution for beams and non-sway frames
  • Influence lines, pattern loading and moving loads

Laboratory Topics
  • Lab safety; introduction to equipment
  • Strain and stress analysis: tension, stress concentration, bending, torsion
  • Elastic buckling
  • Development of plastic hinge
  • Truss analysis and behavior

Christopher Raebel

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