CIV1180 Advanced Modeling Methods for Seismic Performance Assessment of Structures

Course calendar description: The objective of the course is to introduce seismic assessment methods for structures through inelastic analyses or advanced experimental simulations. The course mainly consists of three sections: deterministic analytical assessment, reliability-based analytical assessment, and advanced experimental methods. In the first section, numerical models of inelastic structural and geotechnical materials, and various finite element models will be introduced. Built upon these topics, several seismic demand and capacity assessment methods will be presented. Analysis methods for soil-structure-interaction system will be also discussed in this section. In the second section, the fundamentals in structural reliability analysis will be briefly reviewed, which will be followed by seismic fragility assessment. In the third section, the latest development in advanced experimental methods (experiment-analysis hybrid simulation) will be introduced.

CIV519 Structural Analysis II

Course calendar description: This course is intended to develop a fundamental understanding on structural analysis using the stiffness method which forms the basis of the structural analysis software. In this course, the concept of stiffness and flexibility methods are introduced. Then, the stiffness method is primarily used to solve various load and boundary conditions such as loads applied on member, support settlement, constraints, release, temperature load, non-prismatic beam, etc. The concept of finite element method and geometric and material nonlinearity will be introduced.   

CIV515 Structural Dynamics

Course calendar description: A concept of dynamic equilibrium and corresponding equation of motion will be introduced. Theoretical solution of a single degree of freedom system will be derived and the effects of various types of load, such as impulse load, sinusoidal load, or random vibration, on the structural response will be discussed. To solve dynamic problems of multi degree of freedom (MDOF) system, concepts of mass, stiffness, and damping matrix will be introduced, which will be followed by eigen value analysis and modal analysis. The concepts of Fourier Transformation will be introduced, which will be used to interpret dynamic responses of structures or dynamic nature of applied loads. The course will mainly consist of lectures. Dynamic experiments of elastic systems will be demonstrated through an educational shaking table.

CIV214 Structural Analysis

Course calendar description: This course provides an introduction to the nature of loads and restraints and types of structural elements and then reviews the analysis of statically determinate structures. Shear and moment diagrams for beams and frames are considered, along with influence lines, cantilever structures, three-pin arches, cables, and fatigue. Virtual work principles are viewed and applied to various structural systems. An introduction to the analysis of indeterminate structures is made, and the Portal method is applied to the analysis of building frames under lateral loads. Displacement methods of analysis including moment distribution are also studied..