Department of

Structural Engineering

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

SE 1. Introduction to Structures and Design:  Introduction to fundamentals of structures and how structures work. Overview of structural behavior and structural design process through hands-on projects. Lessons learned from structural failures. Professional ethics. Role and responsibility of structural engineers. Introduction to four structural engineering focus sequences. Prerequisites: Enrollment restricted to SE27 majors only.

SE 3.  Graphical Communication for Engineering Design:  Use of computer graphics (CAD software) to communicate engineering designs.  Includes visualization, sketching, 2D and 3D graphics standards, dimensioning, tolerance, assemblies, and prototyping/testing with light manufacturing methods. Project/system management software, i.e., building information modeling (BIM), will be introduced.  Prerequisites:  SE 1.  

SE 9. Algorithms and Programming for Structural Engineering: Introduction to the Matlab environment. Variables and types, statements, functions, blocks, loops, and branches. Algorithm development. Functions, function handles, input and output arguments. Data encapsulation and object-oriented programming. Toolboxes and libraries. Models from physics (mechanical and thermodynamics) are used in exercises and projects.  Prerequisites: Math 20D and Math 18 

SE 101A. Mechanics I: Statics:  Statics of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions using vector representation; free body diagrams; analysis of trusses, frames, and machines; internal forces; shear force and bending moment diagrams; equilibrium problems with friction; introduction to moment of inertia.  Prerequisites: Math 20C and Phys. 2A.

SE 101B. Mechanics II: Dynamics:  Kinematics and kinetics of particles in two- and three-dimensional motion. Newton's equations of motion. Energy and momentum methods. Impulsive motion and impact. Systems of particles. Kinetics and kinematics of rigid bodies in 2-D. Introduction to 3-D dynamics of rigid bodies..  Prerequisites: SE 101A (or MAE 130A).

SE 101C. Structural Mechanics III: Vibrations:   Free and forced vibrations of damped 1-DOF systems; vibrations isolation, impact and packaging problems. Analysis of discrete MDOF systems using matrix representation; normal mode of frequencies and modal matrix formulation. Lagrange's equations. Modal superposition for analysis of continuous vibrating systems.  Prerequisites: Math 18 and SE 101B (or MAE 130B).

SE 102.  Introduction to Computing for Engineers:  Introduction to engineering computing. Interpolation, integration, differentiation. Ordinary differential equations. Nonlinear algebraic equations. Systems of linear algebraic equations. Representation of data in the computer.  Prerequisites:  SE 9 (or MAE 8) and SE 101A (or MAE 130A). (Newer version of SE 121A effective Spring 2020.)

SE 103. Conceptual Structural Design:   Introduction to structural design approaches for civil structures. Structural materials. Loads and load paths. Gravity & lateral load elements and systems.  Code design fundamentals. Construction methods. Structural idealization. Hand and computer methods of analysis. Experimental methods applied through team-based projects.  Program or materials fee may apply.  Prerequisites:  SE 9, SE 101A  (or MAE 130A), SE 104, and SE 104L.

SE 104.  Structural Materials:   See SE 105 for newer version effective Winter 2020 (SE 104/104L were renumbered to SE 105)

SE 104L.  Structural Materials Lab:  See SE 105 for newer version effective Winter 2020 (SE 104/104L were renumbered to SE 105)

SE 105.  Structural Materials:   Lectures and labs on structural properties of engineering materials. Stress and strain. Strain measurement. Stiffness, strength, toughness, fatigue resistance, and creep. Cement and concrete, woods, aluminum alloys, steel, engineering plastics, and composite materials. Prerequisites: SE 1 and SE 101A. (Newer version of SE 104/104L effective Winter 2020.)

SE 110A. Solid Mechanics I:  Concepts of stress and strain. Hooke’s law. Stress transformation. Axial loading of bars. Torsion of circular shafts. Torsion of thin-walled members. Pure bending of beams. Unsymmetric bending of beams. Shear stresses in beams. Shear stresses in thin-walled beams. Shear center. Differential equation of the deflection curve. Deflections and slopes of beams from integration methods. Statically determinate and indeterminate problems.  Prerequisites: Math 20D and SE 101A (or MAE 130A).

SE 110B. Solid Mechanics II:   Advanced concepts in the mechanics of deformable bodies. Unsymmetrical bending of symmetrical and unsymmetrical sections. Bending of curved beams. Shear center and torsional analysis of open and closed sections. Stability analysis of columns, lateral buckling. Application of the theory of elasticity in rectangular coordinates.  Prerequisite: grade of C- or better in SE 110A, SE majors.

SE 115. Fluid Mechanics for Structural Engineering: Fluid statics, hydrostatic forces; integral and differential forms of conservation equations for mass, momentum and energy; Bernoulli equation; dimensional analysis; viscous pipe flow; external flow, boundary layers; open channel flow.  Prerequisites: Phys 2A and Math 20D.

SE 121A.  Introduction to Computing for Engineers:  See SE 102 for newer version effective Spring 2020.

SE 121B.  Computing Projects in Structural Engineering:  See SE 131B for newer version effective Winter 2020.

SE 125. Statistics, Probability and Reliability: Probability theory. Statistics, data analysis and inferential statistics, distributions, confidence intervals. Introduction to structural reliability and random phenomena. Applications to components and systems. Prerequisite: Math 20D and Math 18; SE major.

SE 130A. Structural Analysis:   Classical analysis methods of determinate and indeterminate structures. Deflection calculation of beams and frames, work-energy methods, flexibility method, slope-deflection method, moment distribution method, approximate structural analysis, influence line concept for moving loads.  Prerequisite: grade of C- or better in SE 110A.

SE 130B. Structural Analysis:   Matrix methods of analysis for structures comprised of a large number of truss and beam-column structural elements. Development of the underlying mathematical formulations based on matrix structural analysis, and implementation of computer codes for the analysis of civil, mechanical, and aerospace structures.  Prerequisite: grades of C- or better SE 130A.

SE 131. Finite Element Analysis:   See SE 131A for newer version effective Winter 2020.

SE 131A. Finite Element Analysis:   Development of finite element models based upon the Galerkin method. Application to static and dynamic heat conduction and stress analysis. Formulation of initial boundary value problem models, development of finite element formulas, solution methods, and error analysis and interpretation of results.  Co-requisite:  SE 130B. (Newer version of SE 131 effective Winter  2020)

SE 131B.  Computing Projects in Structural Engineering:  Project-based exploration of structural engineering computations. Topics include analysis of shell structures, design optimization, computational vibration analysis.  Prerequisite:  SE 131A (or SE 131), SE 101C (or MAE 130C) and SE 130B. (Newer version of SE 121B effective Winter 2020.)

SE 132.  Machine Learning for Structural Engineering:  This course aims at introducing concepts of machine learning and its applications to structural engineering. Theory behind popular machine learning algorithms will be discussed, including supervised learning, unsupervised learning, and deep learning. Topics include: regression, classification, support vector machines, clustering, tree-based methods, model selections and regularizations, cross-validation and bootstrapping, and neural networks, and Python programming.  Prerequisite:  SE 9 (or MAE 8), SE 110A (or MAE 131A), and SE 125 (or MAE 108).

SE 140A.  Design of Civil Structures I:  Part I of multidisciplinary team experience to design, analyze, build, and test civil/geotechnical engineering components and systems considering codes, regulations, alternative design solutions, economics, sustainability, constructability, reliability and aesthetics. Professionalism, technical communication, project management, teamwork, and ethics in engineering practice.  Prerequisites: SE 130B and SE 150.

SE 140B.  Design of Civil Structures II: Part II of multidisciplinary team experience to design, analyze, build, and test civil/geotechnical engineering components and systems considering codes,regulations, alternative design solutions, economics, sustainability, constructability, reliability and aesthetics. Professionalism, technical communication, project management, teamwork, and ethics in engineering practice.  Prerequisites:  SE 140A, SE 151A, and SE 181.

SE 142. Design of Composite Structures:   Introduction to advanced composite materials and their applications. Fiber and matrix properties, micromechanics, stiffness, ply-by-ply stress, hygrothermal behavior, and failure prediction. Lab activity will involve design, analysis, fabrication, and testing of composite structure. Prerequisites: SE 110A and SE 110B.

SE 143A.  Aerospace Structural Design I:  Conceptual and preliminary structural design of aircraft and space vehicles.  Minimum-weight design of primary structures based upon mission requirements and configuration constraints. Multi-criteria decision making. Team projects include layout, material selection, component sizing, fabrication, and cost. Oral presentations. Written reports.  Prerequisites: SE 3, SE 142, and SE 160B.

SE 143B.  Aerospace Structural Design II:  Detailed structural design of aircraft and space vehicles. Composite material design considerations. Multidisciplinary design optimization. Introduction to aerospace computer-aided design and analysis tools. Team projects include the analysis, fabrication, and testing of a flight vehicle component. Oral presentations. Written reports.  Prerequisites: SE 143A.

SE 150/SE 150A. Design of Steel Structures:   Design concepts and loadings for structural systems. Working stress, ultimate strength design theories. Properties of structural steel. Elastic design of tension members, beams, and columns. Design of bolted and welded concentric and eccentric connections, and composite floors. Introduction to plastic design. Prerequisites: SE 130A.  (Renumbered to SE 150A effective Winter 2021.)

SE 150B. Design of Steel Structures II:   Theory and behavior of steel structures leading to the development of design requirements in current specifications. Topics will include design of simple and rigid connections, composite construction, advanced topics in compression and flexural members including torsion, design of plate girders, the direct analysis method and plastic analysis. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental concepts. Prerequisites: SE 150/SE 150A.

SE 151A. Design of Reinforced Concrete: Concrete and reinforcement properties. Service and ultimate limit state analysis and design. Design of detailing of structural components.
Prerequisites:   SE 103 and SE 130A.

SE 151B. Design of Prestressed Concrete:  Mechanical properties of concrete and reinforcing material including creep, shrinkage, and stress relaxation.  Concept and application of prestressed concrete.  Analysis and design of prestressed concrete structures and components including continuous beams and composite construction.  Calculation of deflection and prestress losses
Prerequisite: SE 151A.

SE 154. Design of Timber Structures:   Properties of wood as a building material.  Analysis and design of wood beams and columns.  Lateral analysis for wind/seismic loading using the IBC.  Distribution of lateral forces through a wood structure.  Shear wall and diaphragm design.  Wood connections introduction.  Prerequisites: SE 103 and SE 130A.

SE 160A. Aerospace Structural Mechanics I:   Aircraft and spacecraft flight loads and operational envelopes, three-dimensional stress/strain relations, metallic and composite materials, failure theories, three-dimensional space trusses and stiffened shear panels, combined extension-bend-twist behavior of thin-walled multi-cell aircraft and space vehicle structures, modulus-weighted section properties, shear center.  Prerequisites: (SE 105 or MAE 21 or SE 104L) and (SE 101B or MAE 130B or MAE 30B) and (SE 110A or MAE 131A ) 

SE 160B. Aerospace Structural Mechanics II:   Analysis of Aerospace structures via work-energy principles and finite element analysis.  Bending of metallic and laminated composite plates and shells.  Static vibration, and buckling analysis of simple and built-up aircraft structures.  Introduction to wing divergence and flutter.  Fastener analysis.  Prerequisites: SE 160A 

SE 163. Nondestructive Evaluation and Design:   Fourier signal processing, liquid penetrant, elastic wave propagation, ultrasonic testing, impact-echo, acoustic emission testing, infrared thermography.  Prerequisites: SE 110A and SE 110B; SE major.

SE 164. Sensors and Data Acquisition for Structural Engineering:  Theory, design and applications of sensor technologies in the context of structural engineering and structural health monitoring.  Topics include: sensors and sensing mechanisms; measurement uncertainty; signal conditioning and interface circuits; data acquisition; analog/digital circuits; and emerging sensors. Prerequisites: SE 101C (or MAE 130C) and SE 110A.

SE 165. Structural Health Monitoring:  A modern paradigm of structural health monitoring as it applies to structural and mechanical systems is presented. Concepts in data acquisition, feature extraction, data normalization, and statistical modeling will be introduced in an integrated context. MATLAB-based exercise. Term project.  Prerequisites: SE 101C (or MAE 130C).

SE 167. Signal Processing and Spectral Analysis for Structural Engineering:  Signal processing is widely used in engineering and physical sciences. This course discusses techniques to analyze signals (or data), particularly related to structural dynamic response focusing on time/frequency domain data analyses (Fourier transform, digital filtering, and feature extraction). Prerequisites: SE 101C. Enrollment restricted to SE27 majors only.

SE 168. Structural System Testing and Model Correlation:   Dynamic/model testing of structures: test planning/execution, actuation, sensing, and data acquisition, signal processing, data conditioning, test troubleshooting. Methods of updating finite element structural models to correlate with dynamic test results. Model/test correlation assessment in industrial practice. Knowledge of MATLAB required.  Prerequisites: SE 101C (or MAE 130C) and SE 131A (or SE 131).

SE 171. Aerospace Structures Repair:   Review methods used to repair aerospace structures. Emphasis on primary load-bearing airframe structures and analysis/design of substantiate repairs. Identification of structural/corrosion distress, fatigue cracking, damage tolerance, integrity and durability of built-up members, patching, health monitoring. Prerequisites:  SE 110A (or MAE 131A) and SE 110B (or MAE 131B).

SE 180. Earthquake Engineering:   Seismic hazards. Ground motions. Dynamic analysis of structures under earthquake excitation. Elastic and inelastic response spectra. Modal analysis. Linear/nonlinear time history analysis. Seismic Code. Engineering seismology. Basics of Earthquake resistant design.  Prerequisites: grades of C- or better in SE 110A and SE 130A.

SE 181. Geotechnical Engineering:   General introduction to the mechanics of soils, including; composition and classification, compaction, compressibility and consolidation, permeability and seepage, stress distribution, settlement and shear strength, as well as soil exploration, sampling, and in-situ testing techniques. Physical laboratory taken concurrently.  Prerequisites: grades of C- or better in SE 110A (or MAE 131A), SE major.

SE 182. Foundation Engineering:   Application of soil mechanics to the analysis, design, and construction of
foundations for structures. Soil exploration, sampling, and in-situ testing techniques. Stress distribution and settlement of structures. Bearing capacities of shallow foundations and effects on structural design. Analysis of axial and lateral capacity of deep foundations, including drilled piers and driven piles.  Prerequisite:  SE 181, SE major.

SE 184. Ground Improvement:  Concepts underpinning mechanical, hydraulic, chemical and inclusion-based methods of ground improvement will be discussed.  Students will be able to understand the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the various methods;  and develop a conceptual design for the most appropriate improvement strategy.  Prerequisite:  SE 181.

SE 199. Independent Study:  Independent reading or research on a problem by special arrangement with a faculty member. (P/NP grades only.) Prerequisites:  consent of instructor and departmental approval via EASY request.

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