This course is intended for undergraduate students in their third year of a four year civil engineering program and have completed course in structural analysis of determinate structures. This course would typically be student's first design course.
The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to general design principles based on design of a wood frame building to resist vertical and lateral loads acting on it. This includes, but not limited to, understanding of the concept of demand-capacity relationship, behavior of a bearing wall structural system, conceptual and code based design processes, and detailing that ensures complete load path for the forces acting on the structure during its life.
The course includes in-class lectures, online lectures and hands-on design lab.
One of the essential understandings of the structural design is the concept of demand-capacity relationship. Regardless of the materials or systems used, ultimately structural engineer has to evaluate the demand on a system and its elements, determine their capacity and to develop design that meets the desired performance criteria.
This course is divided into three distinct sections. The first three weeks are devoted to evaluating the DEMAND on low-rise wood structures generated by dead, live, wind and seismic loads. The next three weeks focus on evaluating the CAPACITY of the structural elements of the Vertical Load Carrying System to resist internal tension, compression, bending and shear, and combination of axial loads and bending. The last three weeks are devoted to evaluating the CAPACITY of the various elements of the Lateral Load Resisting System, such as diaphragms, shear walls and drag struts, under seismic loads.