The graduate program in structural engineering provides opportunity for study in the analysis and design of reinforced and prestressed concrete, steel, masonry, and composite structural systems. A wide range of courses are available including numerous specialty courses in stability, dynamics, earthquake engineering, bridge design, repair and strengthening, advanced concrete materials, and other such important topics. Experimental research facilities are available in the research labs for the study of behavior of structures under a variety of loadings. Also analytical research is conducted in areas such as numerical techniques, computer methods, material modeling, nonlinear dynamic response, soil-structure interaction, and fluid-structure interaction.
Review of series solutions of differential equations; perturbation methods, applications in civil engineering; derivations of well-posed partial differential equations for engineering problems and their classical solutions; Fourier analysis; applications of probability and statistics to model loads and responses of engineering systems.
Principle of superposition as applied to statically indeterminate structures; energy methods; approximate methods for the analysis of trusses and frames; failure theories; plastic analysis; introduction to matrix methods for structural analysis; analysis of composite structures.
Selected topics include plastic design of frames; design of space structures; computer aided design; bridge design; conceptual preliminary, and final design; economic and practical considerations; detailing Design project.
Analysis of structural members and systems subjected to dynamic loads; single-degree-of-freedom and multi-degree-of-freedom analytical models of civil engineering structures; free vibrations, harmonic and transient excitation, foundation motion, response spectrum, Lagrange's equation; modal superposition and direct integration methods; response by a general purpose dynamic computer code.
Rigorous matrix formulation of the stiffness and flexibility method of structural analysis applied to skeletal structures. Development of computer programs for the analysis of space and plane trusses and frames.
General finite element formulation of two- and three-dimensional boundary value problems; advanced finite element techniques; finite element formulation problems in continuum mechanics; applications in civil engineering problems.
Developments in optimal structural design. Optimality criteria methods. Formulation of structural design problems as optimization problems using special techniques, linear and nonlinear optimization methods. Fully-stressed design versus optimum design.
History, development, and classification of bridges; use of LRFD-AASHTO specifications for the design of basic straight-girder type bridges, including composite and noncomposite I and box girders; simple and continuous spans; substructure design; field testing and monitoring; and repair and rehabilitation.
Elastic and inelastic buckling of members under pure compression pure moment, and combined compression and moment; local buckling; buckling of frames, plates, and shells.
Advanced bridge-analysis methods, such as the grillage analogy, semicontinuum method, and orthotropic-plate method; design of cable-stayed bridges; dynamic analysis of bridges; bridge testing, monitoring, and instrumentation techniques; nondestructive testing of bridges; bridge inspection and rehabilitation.
Limit states and ultimate load theory in flexure, shear, diagonal tension, and torsion of symmetrical and non-symmetrical member brackets, corbels, and deep beams; biaxial bending and buckling behavior of compression members; serviceability behavior and theories for deflection and cracking of one-dimensional and two-dimensional elements; frame analysis of two-way slabs and plates for flexural strength and deflection wind analysis and continuity in floor systems and frames; hinge field theory for the design of two-way floor systems, failure mechanisms in two-way plates, energy solutions for strength evaluation; seismic design of structures.
Limit theory of indeterminate reinforced concrete frames and continuous beams; moment redistribution and ductility of joints; plastic hinging and rotational capacities of confined concrete members and structural systems; membrane and bending theories for the design and analysis of reinforced concrete shells and folded plates; buckling of concrete shells; design project of a total floor shell roof system.
Theory of prestressed concrete; partial losses in prestress and long term effects due to creep, shrinkage, and relaxation; service load and ultimate load evaluation of pretensioned and post-tensioned elements in flexure, shear, and torsion; deflection and flexural cracking hypotheses of prestressed elements; and post-tensioned liquid- and gas-retaining circular tanks; prestressed shells and domes of circular tanks.
Review of elastic equations; Kirchoff-Love and Mindlin plate theories; classical and numerical solutions; dynamic analysis of plates; theory and applications of shells; composite plates.