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

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AE 3023 - Advanced Structural Analysis

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course provides architectural engineering and civil engineering students theory and application of computerized structural analysis, with an emphasis on developing an understanding of structural behavior. The course also includes an introduction to building code provisions related to structure loading. The laboratory component allows the architectural engineering and civil engineering student to study structural components analytically and then verify their behavior through tests using principles from experimental stress analysis. Test evaluations are based on measurements of strains and deflections at varying load levels. Experiments include evaluation of a rod subjected to axial tension, stress concentrations, evaluation of a beam in flexure, evaluation of a rod in torsion, evaluation of a slender column under a compressive force, evaluation of a full scale open web steel joist and subjecting a steel beam being loaded to its plastic moment capacity. (prereq: AE 3011 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Develop expressions for use in solving determinate and indeterminate structural engineering problems using matrix methods
  • Analyze structural systems comprised of truss, beam and frame elements using matrix methods
  • Generate solutions for two- and three- dimensional structural systems by means of structural software
  • Evaluate solutions generated by structural software and compare to solutions produced by hand
  • Apply building code provisions to develop appropriate loadings for structures
  • Analyze an experimental specimen for force, strain and/or deformation
  • Compare results obtained from experimental data to analytical solutions

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Statics: equilibrium of forces, section properties
  • Mechanics of Materials: stresses, strains, material behavior, principal stresses, Mohr’s Circle, combined loading, deflection calculations and buckling of columns
  • Structural Analysis: analysis of trusses and frames, using hand calculations when statically determinate

Course Topics
  • Introduction to linear algebra and matrix operations (1 session)
  • Matrix stiffness method for rods and trusses (6 sessions)
  • Computerized analysis for rods and trusses (2 sessions)
  • Matrix stiffness method for beams including hinges and element loads (8 sessions)
  • Computerized analysis for beams (1 session)
  • Matrix stiffness method for frames (3 sessions)
  • Computerized analysis for 2-D and 3-D frames (3 sessions)
  • Code provisions for wind and gravity loads (2 sessions)
  • Introduction to material nonlinearity (2 sessions)
  • Examinations (2 sessions)

Laboratory Topics
  • Introduction and laboratory safety (1 session)
  • Tension experiment with strain gage rosette (1 session)
  • Tension experiment with stress concentrations (1 session)
  • Beam flexure experiment (1 session)
  • Torsion-flexure-shear experiment (1 session)
  • Column buckling experiment (1 session)
  • Open web steel joist experiment (2 sessions)
  • Plastic hinging experiment (1 session)
  • In-class work session and/or make up session (1 session)

Christopher Raebel

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