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Structural Monitoring Diagnostics and Prognostics Lab

CE-271 Advanced Structural Analysis

CE-271 Advanced Structural Analysis

3 credits

The inherent strength and stiffness possessed by solids which allows stable forms to exist is their structure. Some structures arise spontaneously in nature others are engineered by humans. The objective of this course is to provide the conceptual framework that enables a rational understanding of structural forms and the analytical and computational tools necessary to analyze linear and nonlinear structural systems subject to static loading.

References:

Structural Analysis 5th Edition. A. Ghali, A.M. Neville and T.G. Brown
Structural Analysis 8th Edition. R.C. Hibbeler
Finite Elements for Structural Analysis. W. Weaver Jr. and P. Johnston
Matrix Analysis. R.A. Horn and C.R. Johnson

Instructor:

Dr. Eric M. Hernandez
Office: 217 Votey Hall
E-mail: eric.hernandez@uvm.edu

Objectives:

1. Develop an intuitive understanding of the behavior of structures
2. Develop an expertise in the use modern computational methods for modeling and analyzing complex structural systems subject to static and dynamic loading
3. Provide exposure to the use of software for structural analysis

Topics:

  • Review of mathematical, computational and structural mechanics prerequisites (with emphasis on the use MATLAB
    i. Matrix algebra
    ii. Strain energy
    iii.Virtual work theorem
  • Classical methods of structural analysis for three-dimensional statically indeterminate structures
    i. Flexibility method
    ii.Stiffness method
  • Structural analysis using the finite element method (with emphasis on application within commercial computer software) i. Formulation of the finite element method in structural mechanics
    ii. Trusses
    iii. Beam / Frames
    iv. Plates/Shells/Membranes
    v. Solids
  • Nonlinear behavior of structures

    • i. Geometric and material non-linearity
    • ii. Plastic analysis of frames – Collapse analysis

    Computer Usage:

    MATLAB, SAP2000

    Grading:

    Assignments 40%
    Projects 30%
    Exams 30%

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