CVEN 345 Syllabus
THEORY OF STRUCTURES
Fall 2020c
August 20th to December 9th

Section 503 (36242) - TR 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm - Online  - Credit 3 Hours, no lab

NOTE

Classes will be held on Zoom at the Meeting Room 969 311 1276.  You can connect directly to our class by clicking on

Https://TAMU.Zoom.US/j/9693111276

 

Where to go now and get a text.  There are numerous used and international versions out there for about $20, which are plenty close to the $200 versions at bookstores.  Just about as cheap and just as good you can rent one and return it at the end of the semester, or rent an electronic eBook.  Then if you find you really need the book later on in 444 or 446 or in your business, you can buy that same book used (it will then be "out of date" but the material never goes out of date) for $20.00.  Also see below for additional sources.

THE SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, DEPENDING ON HOW QUICKLY WE CAN COVER THE MATERIAL.  PLEASE CHECK FOR CHANGES IN HOME WORK ASSIGNMENT DUE DATES BEFORE WORKING YOUR NEXT HOMEWORK PROBLEMS.

NOTE ALSO THAT AS THE SYLLABUS CHANGES (AND IT ALWAYS DOES), YOU WILL HAVE TO RELOAD IT, OR IT WILL TAKE YOU TO YOUR COMPUTER'S CACHE AND GIVE YOU THE ONE YOU LOOKED AT LAST WEEK , I.E. THE OLD OUT-OF-DATE ONE.

Professor: Lee L. Lowery, Jr., PhD, P.E.

Office: DLEB Dwight Look Engineering Building (Now working out of home office)
Phone: 979-775-5401
e-mail: Lowery@tamu.edu

Click here for Office Hours:

NOTE: My office hours as listed here are suspended on days before a major exam, giving me time to make it out.  Please do not wait until the day before a major exam for help.  Plan to see me or the Teaching Associate earlier in the week.

 


 

Teaching Associate for 345 fall 2020: 

Matthew Land

mland98@tamu.edu

Can be contacted during office hours below on Zoom, or email above for appointments:    

Https://tamu.zoom.us/j/98395369002?pwd=WVRJb1hzTHd5QU0yZXlEZlZ2bmlWdz09

Meeting ID: 983 9536 9002

M: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

W: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

TR: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

 

 

The ID I will be using to hold office hours on zoom is 983 9536 9002. Please let me know if you have any questions or need my assistance.  


The Course Grader Is:  Nishant Raj Vibhu


Grader email:    nishantrajvibhu@tamu.edu
You can email the grader if you think some homework got missing or to discuss a problem about the homework grading.  Any questions regarding why your way of solving the problem got the wrong answer should go to the TA above.
 


 

Textbook:

The textbook is excellent:  Kassimali, Structural Analysis. 5th Edition. CENGAGE Learning. 

                                                          Looking for a used textbook?

Structural Analysis:: Kassimali, Aslam

U.S. Edition

 

 

International
Edition(Varies)

 

 

2015 5th edition ISBN numbers:

          1133943896 (10 digit) or

          9781133943891 (13 digit)

Where to go now and get a text.  There are numerous used and international versions out there for about $20, which are plenty close to the $200 versions at bookstores.  Just about as cheap and just as good,  you can rent one and return it at the end of the semester, or rent an electronic eBook.  Then if you find you really need the book later on in 444 or 446 or in your business, you can buy that same book used (it will then be "out of date" but the material never goes out of date) for $20.00.  Also see below for prices and sellers:

 

Note that less expensive international editions are available for almost all text books on the market.  For the Kassimali 345 5th edition, I have found that most of the international editions are the same as ours except they have renumbered the homework problems.  I think there is a sixth edition now out, but the content is little changed so we are sticking with the 5th edition which should be far less expensive.

Texas A&M University Bookstore:  Fill in the Department, Course, and section number.

AbeBooks.com - NOTE!  Last semester the text and the problems in the international edition were the same as the US edition.  However, the problem numbers were changed.  Thus you may  have to get with someone who has a real text to see what problem number is assigned.  I think they are all in there, but the problems will have a different number.  Also, check the ISBN number carefully, and be ready to return it, but AbeBooks is a good company.  I have bought a ton of books from them.

A student sent me this list of the problem numbers for the US vs. the international edition, but I don't know if it's accurate, so no guarantee.  If you get one, check with someone who has a real book before working your homework problems.

For those of you still waiting for your textbook, you can go to eCampus for a copy of the first few problems.  Look under the files available.
AbeBooks.com
Campusbooks.com
DealOz
Amazon.com
Allbookstores.com
TextbooksRush.com
Half.com
 


Bookstore or Internet? (Click here for discussion)

Catalog Description: Theory of Structures. (3-0). Credit 3. Structural engineering—functions of structures, design loads, reactions and force systems; analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures including beams, trusses and arches; energy methods of determining deflections of structures; influence lines and criteria for moving loads; analysis of statically indeterminate structures including continuous beams and frames.

Prerequisites: CVEN 302 or registration therein; CVEN 305. Course Objectives: To introduce students to the general behavior of statically determinate and indeterminate structures and determination of forces therein. Construction of influence lines.  Determination of load and load placement on structures.  Use of available computer programs for analyzing statically indeterminate structures. Learning Outcomes - This course emphasizes the following ABET Learning Outcomes. Note that the letters refer to those used by ABET. knowledge of basic mathematics, science, and engineering. Course Prerequisites: To take CVEN 345, you must have received a passing grade (no D's, F's or I's) in CVEN 305 and be registered or have already passed CVEN 302.

Course Assessment:

  • Graded major exams (Quiz A, Quiz B, Final Exam = 3 exams @ 25% each) = 75% of final grade.
  • Team Project = 10% of final grade.
  • Sum of graded homework assignments = 15% of final grade.  

Syllabus Information

Resources available to the student:

Objectives and Outcomes:

Benefits of taking the course: Students will analyze and evaluate both determinate and indeterminate structural systems. They will be able to describe the structural engineering profession and demonstrate the role of structural analysis within the context of structural engineering design and decision-making.

Course Objectives:
 
This course focuses on the following major learning objectives:

(1)  To develop an understanding of the basic principles of structural analysis and be able to explain them,

(2)  To determine and analyze models of applied loads on structures

(3)  To utilize various exact methods (both classical and matrix-based) of analysis of beams, trusses, and rigid frames to determine the response of both determinate and indeterminate structures

(4)  To utilize various approximate methods of analysis of beams, trusses, and rigid frames to determine the response of both determinate and indeterminate structures

(5)  To apply the method of virtual work in determining deflections of structures,

(6)  To develop and utilize influence lines of structures,

(7)  To evaluate the response of various structural systems (both determinate and indeterminate) under a range of demands, such as applied loads, support motions, and temperature changes

(8)  To demonstrate the role of structural analysis within the context of structural engineering design and decision-making.

 

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ABET Outcomes Addressed – From New (1) – (7)

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

 

The correct time (to the nanosecond)

Homework

The real purpose of homework is to give you practice with the material.  When my daughter was 8 she said "I want to drive."  I told her she didn't know how and she said she did.  She had watched me doing it for years.  When I asked her to tell me she showed turning the steering wheel clockwise turned the car right, pressing the brake stopped, and on and on.  I said OK and we went out in the country.  She had us in a ditch in 2 minutes,  but she said it was because I was looking at her.

 

Purpose of the story is that you can watch me do it for hours and I will agreee, it really is simple.  But if you don't practice with it on your own, without anyone holding your hand, you are not going to get it right.  Guaranteed. 

 

So I really don't care when you hand your homework in.  As long as you practiced it before the exams you should be ok.  So here's the deal.  All assigned homework is due for submission in eCampus by midnight, 9 days after being assigned, but there will be no penalty for bring late.  I will get those points from you on the next exam because you haven't practiced with it and the grader won't have had a chance to show you where you went wrong because their first job is to grade problems turned in on time. 

 

However, this can't go on forever or you really will never catch up, so the last date without penalty will be midnight of the date assigned plus 16 days.  Anything dated past that time by eCampus will be worth 1/2 credit.             

 

EXAMS  
Exams are closed book. Bring calculators, paper and pens or pencils capable of making a good dark line.  You are permitted to bring one 8.5" x 11" cheat sheet, hand written by you on ONE SIDE only, no example problems. Equations only. You should also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual, Structural Section only, unless you have memorized the wide flange tables.  Click here for a copyNo notes of any kind written on them.  The exams will be given on dates listed on the homework syllabus listed below. 

CVEN 345 Quiz A - held in our regular classroom and time as listed on syllabus homework problems listed below.  Covers everything above through and including homework problem 6.7 (tentative depending on where we have covered in class).  We will start at 5:00 pm and finish at 6:30 pm.  That will give you enough time to photograph your submission.  Any exams submitted past 6:30 pm will be put in a separate stack and graded as late.  Lame excuses like "I am in a wheel chair and only have one leg after the horrific accident suffered on the way to the exam", will be ignored.  Well, maybe not. 

CVEN 345 Quiz B - held in our regular classroom and time as listed on syllabus homework problems listed below.  Covers everything above, through, and including homework problem 8.38 (tentative depending on where we have covered in class).  Same rules as Quiz A.

Final Exam - held in our classroom (see below). Same rules as other major quizzes except for content and times.  Covers everything covered in the class.  Click here for official times and dates.  I think they are as follows, but it is up to you to make sure.:     TBA          Click here for more than 3 finals on same day.  I am more relaxed than that so you can also see me.


Course Homework Syllabus: Please note that the syllabus will be revised throughout the semester. Please do not work problems very far ahead of the date due. Some may be dropped, others added that are better (in my opinion).

Day Material covered Reading Assignment Homework Problem Assignments

Click here for homework requirements for this class

Please refer to homework problems often.  Some may get delayed until we cover the material and the problem numbers and dates may change.

Note that web-linked homework problem numbers refer to hints, or solutions.  Click on the link for the problem if one exists.
Week 1 Aug 20th

Aug 20th

 

Lecture

Video 1

ALL Video lectures are HERE

  Read Chapters 1 and 2: Loads on structures.  Dead Loads, Live Loads, Wind Loads, Load factors, combined loading.

See hazards map and how to use to get wind loads:
http://hazards.atcouncil.org/

 
Read: Wind Load Procedure


Introduction: Statically Determinate Frames, Reactions, Moment Diagrams
Chapters
1, 2, 3

 
Problems 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 2.9 due 1/30/20
Also assigned: Set up a team of four to work on a team project.  Use sign-up sheet at the front of the room.


Week 2 Aug 25-27
Aug 25th
Lecture 2

Aug 27th
Lecture
3
Discuss team projects

 Introduction to the use of MASTAN2

View videos on getting and using MASTAN2


MASTAN2 header sheets for data entry and exams
 
Get MASTAN installed and run a cantilever beam of your choice - not to be handed in.  Output: from MASTAN = moment diagrams.

Equations for bending moments in frames.

READ THIS REVIEW of procedures for drawing shear and moment diagrams.

Chapters 3, 4,
5.1-5.4, Discuss Team Project

2.12(use v = 110 mph), 2.13(use 54 m/s),
3.27, 3.34, 4.47 (member IH only), 4,49 (member DE only),5.35


Why so many?


Because this is stuff from 305  

Week 3 - Sep 1-3
Sep 1st
Lec 4

Sep 3rd
Lec 5
 Frames – moment diagrams, deflections by direct integration, advantages, disadvantages.  Determine degree of indeterminancy.  Chapter 5.5-5.6, 6.1-6.3 Week 3 assignment:   5.52, 5.56, 5.57, 5.65.

Why so many?

Because this is stuff from 305

Week 4 - Sep 8-10
Week 4

Sep 8th
Lec 6

Sep 10th
Lec 7
 Beams and Frames – Deflections by Work-Energy Chapter 6.1-6.3
7.1-7.5
Week 4 assignment:  6.1, 6.5, 6.7
Deflections by CVEN 305
 7.1, 7.3, 7.5, 7.11
Deflections by Work Energy
 

NEW ASSIGNMENT READ ONLY. NOTHING DUE  ON:
Team Project Part I


Team Project Figures
 
Team Parameters

General Team Project Notes
Week 5 - Sep 15th-17th
Week 5

Sep 15th
Lec 8

Sep 17th
Lec 9
Review
Volume Integrals


Chapter 7.5, 13.1 Week 5 assignment:  7.16 (see pg 281 for example of how to do this), 7.20 (click for help on 7.20), 7.23, 7.24, 7.26.
[For 7.23 and 7.24, use either the graphical method (volume integrals), or integral of mMdx/EI, whichever you prefer].
Deflections by Virtual Work


Week 6 - Sep 22nd Lec 10 - 24th Lec 11
Introduction to solution to statically indeterminate structures using the flexibility method/consistent distortions. Chapter 13.1, 2 Week 6 assignment: 
Team Project Part II

Cover Letter
Reload Figures and Team Parameters

7.31, 7.36, 7.38, 7.39, 7.45
Deflections by Virtual Work
Week 7 - Sep 29th Lec 12 -  Oct 1st Lec 13
Solution to statically indeterminate structures with multiple degrees of indeterminacy using consistent deformations - Flexibility Method  
Example for Mastan2:
Videos of Use of Mastan2
1)
Open an existing file
2)
Generate nodes
3)
Define and attach elements and properties
4)
Add loads, supports. 
5)Run program and generate reports


Hints

MASTAN2 header sheets for exams
Chapter 13.2, 13.3 Week 7 assignment:  13.1, 13.10, 13.16[Use Rb as the redundant in 13.16] Use the reactions listed below as the redundants on the following problems:
[13.18 - Use Rbh as the redundant reaction], [13.20 - Use Rdh as the redundant].  On the following, solve for redundant reactions only.  Final member forces not required.
 [
13.26 - Use Rch as the redundant].
Statically Indeterminate Structures
Week 8 Oct 6th Quiz A - 8th Lec 15

October 6th Quiz A

GENERATION OF
INFLUENCE LINES

Video files:
Generating reaction influence lines.
Generating shear influence lines.
Generating moment influence lines.

 

Chapter 13.3, 8.1, 8.2 Week 8 assignment:  [13.27 - Use Rcv as the redundant], [13.27a - Use Rdv as the redundant. You should get the same answers as 13.27], [13.37 - Use Rbv & Rcv as the redundants], [13.43 - Use Rav and Rah as the redundants], 13.49 pg. 557 with figure on pg. 552.
Statically Indeterminate Structures

READ:

How to construct and use influence lines

Notes:  The first influence lines are to be generated by statics.  All later influence lines can be worked by statics or by Mueller-Breslau if it is to your advantage.

All numeric values are required on all influence lines for statically determinate structures unless otherwise noted. Numeric values on statically indeterminate structures are not required - only the general shape of the influence line. 

Highly recommended:
Interactive Practice with Influence Lines -
(Note that only a few of the ones on the top row are working, including the Help modules, but those are still quite useful to learning how to work them.)

Muller-Breslau Principle, Use of Influence Lines.  Moving Loads,
Influence Lines for Structures

Use of influence lines to determine where to put live, dead, uniform, concentrated loads and compute maximum results. 
Example 1

Example 2

 

Week 9 Oct 13th Lec 16 - 15th Lec 17
 

Use of influence lines for series of wheel loads.  Indiana truck loads specs.

 

Chapter 9 Team Project Part III
Week 9 assignment:
 8.5, 8.10, 8.19,
8.20, 8.21, 8.38
Influence lines
Chapter 14: Influence lines for statically indeterminate structures.  Closure on use of influence lines. Chapter 9  
Week 10 Oct 20th Lec 18 - 22nd Lec 19
Generation and use of an influence diagram for a simple beam


Chapter 12: Approximate solutions to statically indeterminate structures. Solutions for vertical loads. Horizontal loads - Portal Method.
Chapter 12, 14

Team Project Part IV

Week 10 assignment:  9.4, 9.6, 9.21
Influence Lines

Week 11 Oct 27th Lec 20 - 29th Lec 21

More Chapter 12: Approximate solutions to statically indeterminate structures. Solutions for vertical loads. Horizontal loads - Portal Method. 

  Week 11 assignment:  12.2, 12.6, 12.9, 13.1(solve 13.1 again using MASTAN click here for help on area.)

Week 12 Nov 3rd Lec 22 - 5th Lec 23

Stiffness Methods Week 12 assignment:  14.1*, 14.15*, 14.19*
*SHAPE of influence lines ONLY. NO VALUES required.

Team Project Part V

Typical unfactored loads on frames
Week 13 Nov 10th Quiz B - 12th Lec 25
  QUIZ B
Novembar 10th

Slope Deflection methods
  Week 13 assignment:
Do not draw diagrams for any of these.  But you danged well better be able to.

15.1, 15.6, 15.10
Week 14 Nov 17th Lec 26 - 19th Lec 27
  Matrix methods if time permits   Week 14 assignment:
Do not draw diagrams for any of these.  But you danged well better be able to.

16.1, 16.3, 16.5

 

Week 15 Nov 24th - Lecture 28 last class day
  Review  

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