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SE 200. Applied Mathematics in Structural Engineering (4): This course is designed to give beginning graduate students the basic preparation in mathematical methods required for graduate Structural Engineering courses.  Topics include systems of linear algebraic equations; ordinary differential equations; diffusion and wave propagation problems; and calculus variation.
Prequisites:  graduate standing. (Fall)

SE 201A. Advanced Structural Analysis (4): Application of advanced analytical concepts to structural engineering problems. Analysis of frame structures using matrix methods and introduction to the finite element method. Displacement-based and force-based beam element formulations. Development of computer software for structural analysis. Prerequisites: SE 130A-B or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

SE 201B. Nonlinear Structural Analysis The course emphasizes the principles behind modern nonlinear structural analysis software. It deals with the theory, computer implementation, and applications of methods of material and geometric nonlinear analysis. Emphasis is on 2D and 3D frame structures modeled using ID (beam-column) elements. Prerequisites: SE 201A.

SE 202. Structural Stability: Static, dynamic, and energy-based techniques and predicting elastic stability. Linear and nonlinear analysis of classical and shear deformable beams and plates. Ritz, Galerkin, and finite element approaches for frames and reinforced shells. Nonconservative aerodynamic (divergence flutter) and follower forces.
Prerequisites: SE 110B or consent of instructor.

SE 203. Structural Dynamics: Response of the linear systems to harmonic, periodic and transient excitations. Duhamel’s integral. Response spectra. Principles of dynamics, Hamilton’s principle and Lagrange’s equations. Linearization of the equations of motion. Free and forced vibrations. Matrix iteration, Jacobi, normal mode and frequency response method.

SE 204. Advanced Structural Dynamics: Free- and forced-vibration response of continuous systems including axial and torsional vibrations of bars and transverse vibrations of beams, membranes and plates. Differential and integral formulations of the eigenvalue problem. Perturbation and iteration methods. Introduction to structural control.

SE 205. Nonlinear Mechanical Vibrations: Advanced analytical techniques to understand nonlinearity in mechanical vibrations. Phase plane analysis, dynamic instability, and bifurcations. Applications in nonlinear structural resonance. Introduction to chaotic dynamics, advanced time series analysis, and using chaotic dynamics in applications such as structural damage assessment.
Prerequisites: SE 203 or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

SE 206. Random Vibrations: Introduction to probability theory and random processes. Dynamic analysis of linear and nonlinear structural systems subjected to stationary and nonstationary random excitations. Reliability studies related to first excursion and fatigue failures. Applications in earthquake engineering, offshore engineering, wind engineering, and aerospace engineering.
Prerequisites: SE 203 or Equivalent and basic knowledge of probability theory (e.g., SE 125).

SE 207. Topics in Structural Engineering: A course to be given at the discretion of the faculty in which topics of current interest in structural engineering will be presented.

SE 211. Advanced Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design: Advanced topics in concrete design, including frame and shear wall structures, design of connections. reinforced and prestressed concrete system evaluation for seismic resistance including confinement and ductility requirements. Upper and lower bound theories for slab design.
Prerequisites: SE 151 or equivalent background in basic RC/PC design or consent of instructor.

SE 212. Advanced Structural Steel Design: Load and resistance factor design (LRFD) philosophy. Behavior and design of steel elements for global and local buckling. Bracing requirements for stability. Conventional and advanced analysis techniques for P-delta effects. Cyclic behavior. Ductility requirement for seismic design. Composite construction.
Prerequisites: SE 201 and SE 150 or equivalent course or consent of instructor.

SE 213. Bridge Design: Design and analysis of bridge structures, construction methods, load conditions. Special problems in analysis - box girders, curved and skewed bridges, environmental and seismic loads. Bearings and expansion joints. Time- temperature-dependent superstructure deformations. Conceptual/preliminary bridge design project.
Prerequisites: SE 201 and fundamental courses in RC and PC design or consent of instructor.

SE 214. Masonry Structures: Analysis and design of unreinforced and reinforced masonry structures using advanced analytical techniques and design philosophies. Material properties, stability, and buckling of unreinforced masonry. Flexural strength, shear strength, stiffness, and ductility of reinforced masonry elements. Design for seismic loads.
Prerequisites: SE 151 or equivalent basic reinforced concrete course or consent of instructor.

SE 215. Cable Structures: Cable structures from a structural mechanics point of view. Theoretical and practical aspects of the application of cables to mooring, guyed structures, suspension bridges, cable-stayed bridges and suspended membranes.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 220. Seismic Isolation/Energy Dissipation: Concepts, advantages and limitations of seismic isolation techniques; fundamentals of dynamic response under seismic excitation; spectral analysis; damping; energy approach; application to buildings and structures.

SE 221. Earthquake Engineering: Introduction to plate tectonics and seismology. Rupture mechanism, measures of magnitude and intensity, earthquake occurrence and relation to geologic, tectonic processes. Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. Strong earthquake ground motion; site effects on ground motion; structural response; soil-structure interaction; design criteria; code requirements.

SE 222. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering: Influence of soil conditions on ground motion characteristics; dynamic behavior of soils, computation of ground response using wave propagation analysis and finite element analysis; evaluation and mitigation of soil liquefaction; soil-structure interaction; lateral pressures on earth retaining structures; analysis of slope stability.

SE 223. Advanced Seismic Design of Structures: Introduction to fundamental concepts in seismic design of structures. Ductility. Elastic and inelastic response. Time-history analysis. Response spectral analysis. Force- and displacement-based design. Capacity design principles. Learning from earthquake damage. Performance based design concepts.

SE 224. Structural Reliability and Risk Analysis: Review of probability theory and random processes. Fundamentals of structural reliability theory. First- and second-order, and simulation methods of reliability analysis. Structural component and system reliability. Reliability sensitivity measures. Bayesian reliability analysis methods. Bases for probabilistic design codes. Time-variant reliability analysis. Finite element reliability methods.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of probability theory (e.g., SE 125).

SE 233. Computational Techniques in Finite Elements (4): Practical application of the finite element method to problems in solid mechanics including basic preprocessing and postprocessing.  Topics include element typies, mesh refinement, boundary conditions, dynamics, eigenvalue problems, and linear and nonlinear solution methods.

SE 234. Plates and Shells: General mathematical formulation of the theory of thin elastic shells; linear membrane and bending theories; finite strain and rotation theories; shells of revolution; shallow shells; selected static and dynamic problems; survey of recent advances.

SE 235. Wave Propagation in Elastic Media: Wave propagation in elastic media with emphasis on waves in unbounded media and on uniform and layered half-spaces. Fundamental aspects of elastodynamics. Application to strong-motion seismology, earthquake engineering, dynamics of foundations, computational wave propagation, and non-destructive evaluation.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 236. Wave Propagation in Continuous Structural Elements: Propagation of elastic waves in thin structural elements such as strings, rods, beams, membranes, plates and shells. Approximate strength-of-materials approach for propagation of elastic waves in these elements and dynamic response to transient loads.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 241. Advanced Soil Mechanics: Advanced treatment of topics in soil mechanics, including state of stress, pore pressure, consolidation and settlement analysis, shear strength of cohesionless and cohesive soils, mechanisms of ground improvement, and slope stability analysis. Concepts in course reinforced by laboratory experiments.

SE 242. Advanced Foundation Engineering: Advanced treatment of topics in foundation engineering, including earth pressure theories, design of earth retaining structures, bearing capacity, ground improvement for foundation support, analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, including drilled piers and driven piles.

SE 243. Soil-Structure Interaction: Advanced treatment of soils interaction with structures, including shallow and deep foundations, bridge abutments, retaining walls, and buried structures subjected to static and dynamic loading. Elastic approximation. Linear and nonlinear Winkler models p-y and t-z curves.

SE 244. Numerical Methods in Geomechanics: Application of the finite element method to static and dynamic analysis of geotechnical structures. One-, 2- and 3-D seismic site response of earth structures and slopes. Pore-pressure generation and effects during cyclic loading. System identification using strong motion array data.

SE 246/SE 183. Engineering Geology: Influence of geology on design of engineering works. Mineral and rock identification and their engineering behavior. Geologic mapping. Pock mechanics, rock slope stability, and tunnel engineering. Local field trips.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing for SE 246.


SE 251B. Mechanical Behaviors of Polymers and Composites (4): Material science oriented course on polymers and composites. Mechanical properties of polymers; micromechanisms of elastic and plastic deformations, fracture, and fatigue of polymers and composites. Graduate student standing required.

SE 252. Experimental Mechanics and NDE: Theory of electrical resistance strain gages, full-field coherent optical methods including photoelasticity, moiré and speckle interferometry, ultrasonics, thermography and fiberoptic sensing. Applications to materials characterization, defect detection and health monitoring of structures with emphasis on fiber-reinforced composites.
Prerequisites: SE 101A, SE110A (AMES 130A) and MAE 131B (AMES 130B), or consent of the instructor.

SE 253A. Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures I: Graduate-level introductory on mechanics of composites and anisotropic materials. Overview of composite materials and processes, 3D properties and stress-strain relationships, micromechanics, classical laminated plate theory, basic failure criteria, thermal/moisture/CTE. Graduate student standing required.

SE 253B. Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures II: Advanced topics, with prerequisite being SE 253A, or equivalent. Macro- and micro-material modeling, classical and shear deformable laminate beam and plate theories developed via energy principles, Ritz, Galerkin, and Finite element based solutions, advanced failure theories, fracture, holes/notches and hole-size effect, interlaminar stresses, free-edge problems, impact, damage tolerance, fatigue, elastic tailoring, thermally stable/zero CTE structures, etc.
Prerequisite: SE 253A or permission of instructor.

SE 253C. Mechanics of Laminated Anisotropy Plates and Shells (4): Static, dynamic, and elastic stability of laminated anisotropic plates and cylindrical shells. Theories covered include thin-plate (classical lamination theory), first- and third-order shear-deformable (Reissner-Mindlin, and Reddy) thick plates, and refined layer-wise theories. Solution methods covered include exact, approximate (Ritz, Galerkin) and the finite element method. Additional topics include sandwich construction, elastic couplings, theormal response, shear factor determination, fiber and interlaminar stress recovery, strength, and safety considerations.
Prerequisite: graduate student standing required; must have taken SE 253B or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

SE 254. FRPs in Civil Structures: Strengthening of existing reinforced concrete structures with fiber reinforced composites. Mechanics of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) lamina, bond strength of FRP-to-concrete joints, shear and flexural strengthening of beams and walls, increased strength and ductility of axially loaded columns, seismic retrofit of columns.
Prerequisites: SE 142 or equivalent, and SE 251.

SE 255. Textile Composite Structures (4): Introduction to textile structure and behavior, mechanics of yarns and fabrics as relevant to structural composites and geotechnical applications. Mechanics of textiles and fabric-based composites. Applications in fiber reinforced composites, coated textile structures, geotextiles.

SE 261. Aerospace Engineering Design (4): Advanced topics in the design of weight-critical aerospace structures. Topics include: static, dynamic and environmental load definitions; metallics and polymeric composite material selection; semi-monocoque analysis techniques, and bolted/bonded connections. Design procedures for sizing the structural components of aircraft and spacecraft will be reviewed.

SE 262/171. Aerospace Structures Repair (4): Design and analysis for repairing weight-critical aerospace structures. Identification of primary and secondary structural components, review of NASA/FAA approved repair techniques for metallic and composite structural components.

SE 265. Structural Health Monitoring Principles: A modern paradigm of structural health monitoring as it applies to structural and mechanical systems is presented. Concepts in data acquisition, data interrogation, and predictive modeling will be introduced in an integrated context. MATLAB and laboratory exercises and demonstrations.
Prerequisites: SE 203 (can be taken concurrently), or consent of instructor.

SE 271. Solid Mechanics for Structural and Aerospace Engineering: Application of principles of solid mechanics to structural components and systems, description of stresses, strains and deformation. Use of conservation equations and principle of minimum potential energy. Development of constitutive equations for metallic cementitious and polymeric materials.
Prerequisites: SE 110A, or consent of instructor.

SE 272. Theory of Elasticity: Development, formulation and application of field equations of elasticity and variational principles for structural applications in civil and aerospace area. Use of plane stress and plane strain formulation, solution of typical boundary value problems.
Prerequisites: SE 271, or consent of instructor.

SE 273. Theory of Plasticity and Viscoelasticity: Mechanical models of viscoelastic, plastic, and viscoplastic behavior in simple shear or uniaxial stress. Constitutive relations for three-dimensional states of stress and strain. Application to selected technological problems for civil and aerospace structural applications.
Prerequisites: SE 272, or consent of instructor.

SE 274. Nonlinear Finite Element Methods: Modeling of mechanical deformation processes in solids and structures by the finite element method. PDE models of deformations in solids and structures. Weak form. Weighted residuals method. Material models for 3D solids and rods, beams, shells. Elasticity, plasticity, viscoelasticity.

SE 275. Hydrodynamics in Marine Engineering: Fluid dynamics equations; potential flow theory; basic potential-flow solutions; added mass; 6 DOF hydrodynamic forces/moments on a body; water wave theory; irregular wave field; wave-body interaction; high/low frequency responses; vortex-induced vibrations; galloping; numerical methods.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

SE 276A.  Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics I (4): Finite element methods for linear problems in solid mechanics. Emphasis on the principle of virtual work, finite element stiffness matrices, various finite element formulations and their accuracy and the numerical implementation required to solve problems in small strain, isotropic elasticity in solid mechanics.

SE 276B.  Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics (4): Finite element methods for linear problems in structural dynamics. Beam, plate, and doubly curved shell elements are derived. Strategies for eliminating shear locking problems are introduced. Formulation and numerical solution of the equations of motion for structural dynamics are introduced and the effect of different mass matrix formulations on the solution accuracy is explored.

SE 276C.  Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics III (4): Finite element methods for problems with both material and geometrical (large deformations) nonlinearities.  The total LaGrangian and the updated LaGrangian formulations are introduced.  Basic solution methods for the nonlinear equations are developed and applied to problems in plasticity and hyperelasticity.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and SE 276A or MAE 232A and MAE 231A or SE 271.

SE 277.  Error Control in Finite Element Analysis (4): This course will provide an overview of the latest technology for evaluating and improving the accuracy and validity of linear, non-linear finite element models, solution verification, finite element model validation, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty analysis, and test-analysis correlation.

SE 278A. Computational Fluid Dynamics (4): Development and application of advanced computational techniques for fluid flow.  Stabilized and variational multiscale methods for finite element and related discretizatons are stressed.  Applications involved advection-diffusion equations, systems, and incompressible and compressible Navier-Stokes equations.  Turbulence modeling will also be covered. 
Prerequisites:  MAE 232A or SE 232A or consent of instructor. (Cross-listed with MAE 236A)

SE 278B. Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction (4): Conversation laws on general moving domains.  Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) and space-time approaches to fluid-structure interaction are covered.  Suitable discretizations, mesh motion, and discrete solution strategies are discussed. 
Prerequisite:  SE 276A. (Cross-listed with MAE 236B)

SE 290. Seminar (invited speakers): Weekly seminar delivered by UCSD or external experts on subjects concerning structural engineering. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grades only.)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

SE 296. Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

SE 298. Directed Group Study: Directed group study on a topic or in a field not included in regular department curriculum, by special arrangement with a faculty member.
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

SE 299. Graduate Research: (S/U grades only)

SE 501. Teaching Experience: Teaching experience in an appropriate SE undergraduate course under direction of the faculty member in charge of the course. Lecturing one hour per week in either a problem-solving section or regular lecture. (SU grades only.)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor and the department .