Structural Design 1

This course introduces students to the analysis and design of structural systems. The fundamental principles of statics, structural loads, and rigid body equilibrium are considered first. The course continues with the analysis and design of cables, columns, beams, and trusses. The structural design of steel follows, culminating in the consideration of building systems design. The quantitative understanding of interior forces, bending moments, structural mechanics, and deformations are an integral part of the learning process throughout the semester. Relevant case studies of contemporary and historic structures are used throughout the course to reinforce design principles and to introduce simplified methods of quantitative analysis. Students are expected to have completed all prerequisites in mathematics and physics.

Course Objectives:
• Provide an understanding of the behavior of structural systems
• Introduce basic structural engineering concepts and simple calculations necessary to select and size the most appropriate structural systems
• Teach the engineering language in an effort to improve communication with design colleagues

Course Topics:
• Statics (equilibrium of loads and force reactions)
• Load Modeling (load types, flow of force, and load calculations)
• Interior Forces (axial, shear, and bending moment diagrams)
• Mechanics of Materials (stress, strain, elasticity, thermal considerations)
• Analysis and Design of Columns (slender v. compact column design)
• Analysis and Design of Hanging Cables
• Analysis and Design of Arches (funicularity)
• Analysis and Design of 2D Trusses (method of joints, method of sections)
• Analysis and Design of Beams (flexural stress, cross sectional properties)
• Steel Design (allowable stress design, ultimate limit state design, yield stress)
• Building System Design