C&EE 135L: Structural Design and Testing Laboratory (4 units)

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:

  1. Internal forces and joint displacements for a simply supported truss
  2. Internal forces and deflections for a statically indeterminate aluminum beam.
  3. The effective length and critical load of slender columns under different support conditions.
  4. 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

Stiffness Equation

C&EE 235A: Advanced Structural Analysis (4 units)

The design of structures requires calculations of displacements, support reactions, internal forces, moments, and/or stresses and deformations and/or strains in structural components. This course aims to build on material covered in undergraduate structural analysis courses related to the behavior of structures under static loads with emphasis placed on modern matrix analysis methods that are inherently geared for computer implementation. Topics covered include: the direct stiffness method, virtual work principles, computation and assembly of element stiffness matrices and load vectors, equation solution techniques and thermal loading, non-uniform torsion, sub-structuring, static condensation, kinematic condensation. Practical modeling techniques. Intro to continuum finite element methods and nonlinear analysis.


C&EE 244: Structural Reliability (4 units)

This course introduces graduate students to concepts and applications of structural reliability. Topics covered include: computing first- and second-order estimates of failure probabilities of engineered systems, computing sensitivities of failure probabilities to assumed parameter values, measuring the relative importance of the random variables associated with a system, updating reliability estimates based on new observational data, identifying the relative advantages and disadvantages of various analytical reliability methods, using reliability tools to calibrate simplified building codes, and performing reliability calculations related to performance-based engineering