Courses and Descriptions

CMDP-2015Structural Analysis

This course is a bridging course for students with a technology diploma joining the Construction Management Degree program. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles of analyzing structures – both qualitatively and quantitatively. The course consists of analysis of beams and frames to determine external reactions and internal forces (axial force, shear and bending moment), sketching approximate deflected shapes for beams, using beam diagrams to predict maximum shear, moments and deflections, and applying the determinacy test to beams and frames to establish degree of indeterminacy and identifying stable and unstable structures. Students will learn to calculate normal and shear stresses due to bending, sketch these distributions, and apply them to design decisions. Finally, students will be introduced to lateral load resisting systems, as well as Limit States Design as a lead-in to Structural Design.
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