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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 5262 - Modern Structural Systems

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces the selection of structural systems for performance, cost and constructability; and resistance to gravity and lateral loads. (prereq: AE 3201  or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Be able to determine the underlying factors in structural system selection with the Owner, Architect, and Engineers of other disciplines in mind 
  • Have an understanding of the structural system selection process for low-, mid-, and high-rise buildings 
  • Be introduced to spreadsheets, software and other resources available from various professional organizations 
  • Have studied materials and materials selection that may be considered “unique” 
  • Have made new contacts with experts in the building construction industry 
  • Have gained an appreciation for the differences in firms and how other firms approach building design and troubleshooting

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of design methodologies for different structural materials (steel, concrete, wood, masonry)
  • Basic understanding of structural analysis software

Course Topics
  • Broad-based system selection comparing materials and construction processes 
  • Open-web joists, joist girders, metal deck 
  • Efficient framing and lateral resistance schemes for steel framed structures  
  • Comparison between concrete floor systems 
  • Considerations for masonry structures 
  • Design considerations for parking structures 
  • Other systems (wood, light gage steel) 
  • Considerations when using structural software

Richard A. DeVries

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