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Class  Date  Topic  Reading  Assignment 
1  Jan 15  Introduction  Review of Structures Links for the class notes are available through Blackboard 
1.11.2  
2  Jan 17  Degrees of Freedom & Coordinate Systems  2.12.3, 13.1  
Jan 20 
Human Rights Day  
3  Jan 22 
Axial Force Elements, Matrix Condensation, Matrix Condensation Example  2.4  2.12, 14  These problems don't require matrix methods, but they do illustrate flexibility and stiffness concepts. Think about which approach is best for each problem. (Submit assignments through Blackboard) 
4  Jan 24  Axial Force Elements  Global Equations  2.52.6  
5  Jan 27  Direct Stiffness Method  3.1  2.5, 2.6 
6  Jan 29 
Mathcad Background  2 member truss 
3.23.4  
7  Jan 31 
Stress & Strain  Work & Energy  4.14.4  
8  Feb 3  Axial Force & Torsional Elements  4.5.14.5.2  3.3, (you can use MASTAN2, RISA, SAP, etc. to analyze the truss) 4*, 7* (*Provide "manual" solution, w/o Mastan2, RISA, etc.) 
9  Feb 5 
Beam Elements  4.5.34.5.5  
10  Feb 7 
FrameTruss Example  
11  Feb 10 
3D Coordinate Transformations  4.6, 5.1.1  3.15 (the "computer program" may be MASTAN, RISA, SAP, etc.), [4.1be]*, 6* (*Provide a "manual" solution) 
12  Feb 12 
Coord. Transformation, Space Truss  5.1.25.1.4  
13  Feb 14  Member End Releases  Hinge Example  4. 10*, 14, 16*, 5.3* (*Provide a "manual" solution)  
Feb 17  Presidents' Day  
14  Feb 19  Virtual Displacements  6.16.5  5.10a 
15  Feb 21  Displaced State of Elements  Shape Functions  7.1  
16 
Feb 24  Element Stiffness from Virtual Displacements  7.2  
17  Feb 26  EXAM #1  
18  Feb 28  Stiffness Matrices from Virtual Work  
19  Mar 3 
Nonnodal Forces from Virtual Displacements, Background  7.5  7.1, 6 
20  Mar 5 
Thermal & Prestrain Loads by Virtual Work  7.6  
21  Mar 7 
Nonuniform Elements, Tapered Element Example, Tapered Element/Log Shape Function  7.3  5.8a, b, f* (include axial deformations), 10b*, 13* (*Provide a "manual" solution) 
22  Mar
10 
Nonuniform Torsion  7.4 

23  Mar 13 
Nonuniform Torsion  2D vs. 3D Comparison  
24  Mar 14 
Uniform Torsion, 8Element Nonuniform Torsion  Project Assignment  
Mar 1721  Spring Break  
25  Mar 24  Shear Deformations, Shear Deformation Example  8.1.18.1.2  7.12, 19 
26  Mar 26  Nonlinear Analysis  8.1.3  
27  Mar 28  Nonlinear Examples  8.1.4  7.13 
28  Mar 31 
EXAM #2  Presentation Topic Proposal  
29  Apr 2  Plastic Hinge Example  8.28.3  8.1, 4 
30  Apr 4 
Matrix Nonlinear Analysis  9.1  
31  Apr 7 
Geometric Stiffness Matrices for 2D  9.2  8.6, 8 
32  Apr 9 
Geometric Stiffness Matrix Example 1  9.3  
33  Apr 11 
Geometric Stiffness Matrix Example 2  9.4  Presentation Outline 
34  Apr 14 
Nonlinear Material Behavior  10.1  
35  Apr 16  Nonlinear Material Example, Postscript  10.2  9.5, 9.10 (both can be done with MASTAN2) 
36  Apr 18  Eigenvalue Buckling Analysis  10.3  
37  Apr 21 
Eigenvalue Buckling Examples  10.4  
38  Apr 23 
Partially Restrained Joints  13.113.2  Presentation Progress Report 
39  Apr 25 
Member End Offsets  13.3  10.12, 9.2 (both can be done with MASTAN2) 
40  Apr 28  Restraint/Offset Example  13.5 

41  Apr 30 
Structural Optimization  
42  May 2  Structural Optimization  
43  May 5 
Presentations  13.20, 23  
44  May 7 
Presentations 

45  May 9 
Presentations  
49  May 14  EXAM #3 
The reading assignments should be completed before each lecture.
The homework problems are due on the dates shown.