Connects fundamentals from Statics and from Mechanics of Materials to analyze stresses, strains, strength, forces, and displacements in regular structures and structural members, such as trusses, beams, frames and arches. Covers shear stresses in beams, combined stress analysis (bars with axial load plus shear and bending), introduction to buckling, influence lines (application to statically determinate systems), computation of deflections (statically determinate systems), and analysis of indeterminate structures using virtual work and the flexibility method. Introduces applications to sensing and monitoring of civil structures using.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Calculate axial, normal, and shear stresses on elements at various orientations.
  2. Determine buckling loads for columns with different boundary conditions.
  3. Find the deflections (using differential equations, moment area, or virtual work) at any location of determinate structural systems such as beams, frames, and trusses.
  4. Analyze (using approximate methods and the flexibility method) indeterminate structural systems to find reactions, internal forces, and deflections.
  5. Select a method of analysis based on the type of system, desired results, and underlying assumptions behind each technique.
  6. Be able to verify the accuracy of computer output using hand calculations.