Advanced Steel Design


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

To recognize limit states and failure modes in structural steel members and systems; To become familiar with design specification and codes for steel structures, and understand their basis in mechanics, testing, and analysis; To design steel and composite members and connections with an understanding of their limit states / failure modes and current design specifications / codes.


Students should have some background in the design of steel structures including beams, columns, and frames. This course will cover fundamental concepts and applications of advanced concepts in the design of steel buildings and bridges with emphasis on: a) welded built-up plate girders used extensively in bridges and as transfer girders in buildings, b) composite beams and floor systems used extensively in buildings and also in bridges, c) simple shear and moment connections between steel beams and columns in frame systems. At the end of the course, the student will have an in-depth knowledge of relevant limit states / failure modes in steel components and structures, and a familiarity with the applicable topics in the AISC Specification and their basis in research / testing. The students will have some experience in solving design examples and looking at applications of the fundamental concepts learned in the course.

Topics Covered:

Design and behavior of plate girders; design of composite beam and column members; behavior and design of bolted and welded connections, including moment-resistant connections, seated connections, and gusset-plate connections.


Introductory undergraduate courses in mechanics of materials and steel design.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

Web Content:

All of the class materials will be uploaded to BlackBoard.


Approximately ten Homework assignments during the course.


None selected so far. To be determined.


One mid-term exam and one final exam


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.

Computer Requirements:

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