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Class schedule: MWF 8:30-9:20am MSEE B012
Instructor: Mon & Wed 10:30am-12:30pm @ HAMP 4117 and by appointment
TA: Tue & Thu 2:30-4:30pm @ HAMP 4129 (Structures TA office)
Problem solving sessions: TBD
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** unclaimed homeworks can be picked up during TA office hours **
Displacement in Statically Determinate Beam (an example comparing long and short methods)
Example frame displacements problem using "curvature influence factor" method
Portal frame (classroom prop) displacement based analysis notes
Moment-distribution method frame with no sway examples
Slope-deflection method: report by Wilson, Richart, and Weiss (1918) from the U of I IDEALS
Numerical procedure for computing deflections, moments, and buckling loads, by Newmark (1942)
E-Defense (World's largest shake-table) and the test movies
GOYA -- Structural Mechanics software (a very nice collection! let me know if you like it or not)
GOYA - Truss and Frame Analysis Software (local copy)
PocketStatics -- for Windows and PocketPC (get the 30-day trial version, or the classroom version with code from the instructor)
West Point Bridge software (fun to play with)
Google SketchUp (3D modeling software -- very easy to use and free!)
W.G. Godden Structural Engineering Slide Library (fascinating slides!)
Degrees of freedom of plane and space frames (for FAIR USE ONLY) -- a paper that might of interest. It is about degrees of static indeterminacy, not kinematic degrees of freedom.
A typical software bug-message in the world of structural analysis/design -- not to berate the particular software company, but to give you a flavor of misses and messes. So, beware; at times, it could be worse than garbage in-garbage out.
Reports of trial designs -- set 1 and set 2 (from Structural Engineering Institute) -- designs are not born equal
Essays by Hardy Cross (Prof. Cross was a keen educator and engineer; see what he had to say about engineering education, research, and how intellectual attitude of an engineer should be)
Classnotes on Statically Indeterminate Structures by Cross and Morgan
James Finley -- the inventor of suspension bridge
Video on Finley's experiments and the Jacob's Creek bridge, his first suspension bridge
On James Finley (from the Structure Magazine)
"Constructing a Bridge" by Eda Kranakis
Construction of the Millau Viaduct (National Geographic documentary in five segments)
CE691 -- Spring 2016 Structures seminars at Purdue (updated frequently)
Question: Is the exact analysis of an approximate model an approximate analysis of the exact model?
"All analyses are based on some assumptions which are not quite in accordance with the facts. From this, however, it does not follow that the conclusions of the analysis are not very close to the facts."
- Hardy Cross
Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?
Luke: I thought it was a nice round number.
[from Cool Hand Luke]
"One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it."
- Persian proverb
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
- A. Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible."
last update: 10 May 2017