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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 3011 - Principles of Structural Analysis

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This class will introduce the Architectural Engineering or Civil Engineering student to the concepts and methods of structural analysis. Students increase their understanding of statically determinate structures and will advance past the limitations of statics into the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. (prereq: AE 201  or AE 2012 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand key concepts and procedures required for future structural engineering courses or for informed interaction with structural engineers
  • Determine load paths and compute loads on structural components
  • Analyze beams and frames with internal hinges and solve for reactions
  • Analyze statically determinate and indeterminate trusses, beams and frames using classical and computerized methods
  • Determine reaction, shear and moment influence lines for simple beam systems

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Statics: analysis of trusses for internal forces, analysis of beams for reactions, shear and moment
  • Mechanics of Materials: calculation of axial and flexural stresses and strains, concept of strain energy

Course Topics
  • Introduction, statics and mechanics of materials review (1 session)
  • Load types, tributary area and load path (2 sessions)
  • Analysis of beams and frames with hinges (4 sessions)
  • Analysis of statically determinate trusses using matrix solutions of equilibrium equations (1 session)
  • Influence lines and pattern loading (2 sessions)
  • Flexibility method for determinate trusses, beams and frames (6 sessions)
  • Moment distribution (4 sessions)
  • Flexibility method for indeterminate trusses, beams and frames (3 sessions)
  • Introduction to computerized analysis (2 sessions)
  • Other topics (or missed session due to Labor Day) (3 sessions)
  • Examinations (2 sessions)

Christopher Raebel

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