This course is intended to augment the analysis methods covered by the Elementary and Intermediate Structural Analysis courses (C&EE 135A and 135B), and to introduce the concepts of structural instrumentation and data acquisition through experimentation. The following experiments conducted as part of this class to determine:
- Internal forces and joint displacements for a simply supported truss
- Internal forces and deflections for a statically indeterminate aluminum beam.
- The effective length and critical load of slender columns under different support conditions.
- Dynamic properties, internal forces and horizontal displacements of a two-story aluminum-steel model.
The course includes an introduction to instrumentation of structural specimens for testing, data acquisition concepts and data acquisition software. Experimental results are compared with theoretical/analytical and structural analysis software results to assess the validity of these approaches. Writing and presentation skills are practiced through the preparation of laboratory reports and oral presentations