ME 3350/CEE 3350: Structural Analysis


Course Description

Emphasis on the classical methods of analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structural systems. Computation of reactions, shears, moments, and deflections of beams, trusses, and frames. Use of computers as an analytical tool. Prerequisites: CEE/ME 2340/2140. Bring your own laptop.

Structural Analysis builds on the foundation of solid mechanics obtained in statics and mechanics of deformable bodies. Structural analysis is the first step in the design of any structural or mechanical system, and should be taken prior to any upper level or senior design classes. The use of computer software for structural analysis is becoming increasingly prevalent in design firms and research settings. Students taking this course will experience and master practical applications of fundamental principles of structural analysis through computer analyses of a unique structure. Project-based case studies and analyses of an actual structure will provide a hands-on approach to structural analysis.

Instructor Biography

Brett Story serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. Before joining Southern Methodist University, he received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and served as a researcher and lecturer where he taught mechanics courses. Dr. Story’s research interests include structural analysis and bridge engineering, structural impairment detection, finite element analysis, instrumentation, and soft computing methods for solving engineering problems relating to structural and mechanical systems. Dr. Story’s experience in analyzing complex structures will be integrated into the classroom through practical application of structural principles to a case study and analysis of a unique structure.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits

  • How do design engineers determine the layout and size of a structural system?
  • How do I apply my mechanics knowledge in a practical analysis?
  • How do earthquakes and hurricanes affect the design of a structure?
  • Do all structural or mechanical failures occur because of inadequate strength?

CEE/ME 3350 will answer these questions and provide opportunities to:

  • Obtain the analytical background necessary to analyze and design mechanical and structural systems.
  • Utilize structural analysis software used in leading design firms and research organizations.
  • Master the principles of structural analysis before taking an upper level design course.
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