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Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

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CIVL 4450 - Conceptual Structural Systems


This course covers concepts of structural systems. The course is aimed at understanding behavior of different structural systems and how they respond to various loading conditions. The concept of load transfer, shaping, and form finding is of particular interest. This concept is reinforced through analytical, digital, and physical modeling intended to foster intuitive thinking. The course includes the following: approximate analyses of statically indeterminate beams, rigid frames, and vierendeel frames; cable suspended structures, arch supported structures; masonry structures, space frame, and folded plate structures; spherical, cylindrical, and hyperbolic shells; net and tent structures; air-supported and air-inflated structures, and hybrid structural systems. The course includes guest lectures, project, computer simulation, and testing physical models.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: CIVL 2670. Corequisite:  CIVL 4020.

When Offered: Spring term annually.



Credit Hours: 3



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