CVEN 446 Section 501
STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN

Course Syllabus - Fall 2014 (CRN 11092) 
MWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
CE Room 118

PLEASE NOTE: The syllabus will suffer changes throughout the semester, depending on our ability to cover the material.  Please check it daily for changes, especially before you work any homework problems, which are subject to change.  Thus what you now see is just for general information, including ways of getting your texts.

Help for CVEN 446 is available from the people shown below, at office hours listed only.

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

Office: CE/TTI Building, Room 139C 
Phone: 979-845-4395 (Office), 979-775-5401 (Home)
e-mail: Lowery@tamu.edu

NOTE: Half of my time is spent teaching CVEN 446, CVEN 345, and ENGR 485. During the remaining hours I am a departmental adviser and have limited time for tutoring. Please plan on assistance either during my office hours, or see the tutor during their office hours. Please note that you won't find me available at other than the hours listed above.  Don't wait until just before class to get help or you likely won't get any.

Office hours listed below are suspended on the day before a major exam, giving me time to make it out.  Do not wait until the day before a major exam for help, unless the TA has office hours on that day.

 

446 Teaching Associate for answering questions on how to work problems: 
 
   Tutor:  Hamzah Khatow
   C.E. Graduate Student. 
   From the boss: Note that we are using one of our own strong undergrads  (Hamzah) on the Senior Structures help desk, who has been working with Walter P Moore as an intern for the past year.  The Helpdesk is located in the C.E. basement,
Room 023, just as you exit to the right of the stairs.

Office hours:

   I will be the help desk TA for 444, 445, 446 and 483
   this semester.  I will be holding office hours as follows: 

   Mon: 11:30 AM-5:00 PM
   Tues: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM 
   Wed: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM 
   Thurs: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM 
   Fri: 9:30 AM-2:00 PM 

               

Homework grading will be done by Insiyah Lightwala 
Contact the homework grader at ilight13@tamu.edu only if you have a question regarding errors in grading, or missing homework grades.  Questions regarding how to work or correct problems should be directed to the Tutor listed above.

AISC Steel Construction Manual 14th Edition only:  Click here for instructions on purchasing this manual. I have received the codes for our section.  NOTE that you MUST be registered in CVEN 446 Section 501 (Lowery) this semester to get your Coupon Code from me.  Contact Dr. Keating if you are in his section. You can pay online, or by mail, and they will ship the book directly to you. The book costs $125 if you purchase it online, $135 if you pay by check.  You have 45 days after the beginning of class to order your manual.  After that the codes expire. 

Click here for a laugh.

Text: Steel Design by William T. Segui: Thompson Brooks/Cole, 5th edition - ISBN-10 Number 1111576009    or   ISBN-13: 9781111576004

The Segui textbook is excellent - one of the best I have seen.  The following lists some places where you can get one cheap.

Looking for an AISC Manual? 

Segui Steel Design
Fifth Edition
AISC Steel Construction Manual
14th Edition
ISBN-10: 1111576009
ISBN-13: 9781111576004
ISBN Number 1564240606

BE CAREFUL! You only want the editions shown above.  Check the ISBN numbers carefully, especially if you order online.  If they don't say up front which edition they are selling, it probably isn't the one you want.

Bookstore or Internet?

TAMU Catalog Description:

Structural Steel Design (3-0) Design of structural steel elements found in bridges and building structures, including plate girders, other built-up members, composite beams and slender columns; frame stability, tubular members and connections. Prerequisites: CVEN 345.

Course Objectives:

ABET Learning Outcomes:

Course Prerequisites:

To take CVEN 446, you MUST have received a passing grade (no D's, F's or I's) in CVEN 345.

Course Assessment:

Resources available to the student:

 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS INFORMATION:

The correct time (to the nanosecond)


 

Date Class No. Material in this column will be covered from the Segui text, and other sources.
 See reading assignments at the bottom.

A summary of the main items of interest that we will be covering during the semester in both the Segui text and LRFD Manual are summarized here.

Note that the pages listed below are approximate, depending on our ability to cover the materials.

Homework
Assignments

Note: Do not work any problems using ASD. Only LFRD solutions are required.

MANDATORY!
Click here to begin course.

All homework assignments are due one week from the date assigned, unless otherwise specified.

If a problem is due on a day that we don't have class, or an exam is being given, then it is still due on that day but is to be handed in the next day we have class.  That may mean that on some days you will be handing in more than one problem set.

Some problems have hints or corrections.  Click on those with links below.

 

Week 1
Mon
9/1
1 Introduction, Materials, LRFD Design Philosophy
Read text: Pg 1-11
Chap. 1.1-1.5
Flipped Classes

Assignment #1
Due class #4:

View and be ready to take a quiz over material specs listed in the ASTM Steel Construction Manual

Flipped class video:
.MOV
.MP4


Flipped class notes

Homework Problems:
1.5-2, 1.5-5, 1.5-7
 

Wed
9/3
2 Probabilistic Basis of LRFD
Read text: Pg 12-29
Chap. 1.6-2.4
Assignment #2
Due class #5:

Homework Problems:
 2-1 a, b & c, 2-2 a, b & c
 
Fri
9/5
3 Tension Members
Watch Video: Rolling steel plate, beams.
Read text: 30-43
Chap 2.5-3.1

Design strength, Ag, An, Ae, U

Read LRFD manual: 16.1-29, 16.1-251
Assignment #3
Due class #6:

View and be ready to take a quiz over the general navigation and use of the AISC Handbook.

Flipped class video
:
.MOV
.MP4

Flipped class notes

Homework Problems:
2-5a
Week 2
Mon
9/8
4 Tension Members
Watch video: Tube manufacturing
Read text: 44-50
Chap 3.2

Review design strength, Ag, An, Ae, U.  Welded connections, WF shear lag

Staggered connections

Assignments #4

Due Class #7:

Homework:
3.2-2 & 3.2-3
LRFD only - No ASD

Note: When using average values from Table D3.1 you MUST justify why the value is appropriate.
 

Wed
9/10
5 Tension Members
Read text: 51-58
Chap 3.3-3.4
Staggered connections
 

Assignment #5

Homework due in one week, and from now on:
3.3-1, 3.3-5 & 3.3-7a. Ignore block shear rupture for these problems since you haven't yet learned how to do it.

Fri
9/12
6
Tension Members
Read text: 59-65
Chap 3.4-3.5

Assignment #6

3.4-1, 3.4-4 & 3.4-6. Ignore block shear rupture for these problems since you haven't yet learned how to do it.

Week 3
Mon
9/15
7 Tension Members
Read text: 66-76
Chap 3.6
Assignment #7

3.5-1, 3.5-3, 3.5-4.
Wed
9/17
8
Compression Members

Read text: 109-119
Chap 4.1-4.3
 Block Shear
Rolling stresses in hot-rolled shapes

Assignment #8

3.5-6, 3.6-1. On 3.6-1, omit block shear and any other time you are not given the bolt dimensions, and try an 8x6x9/16.

Fri
9/19
9 Compression Members
Read text: 119-133
Chap 4.3-4.6


Assignment #9

3.6-3, 3.6-6 Omit block shear on these problems, since you aren't given enough information to work it. 
 

Week 4
Mon
9/22
10
Compression Members
Read text: 134-140
Chap 4.6-4.7

Example problems

Assignment #10

4.3-1, 4.3-5,
4.3-8.

Wed
9/23
11
Compression Members
Read text: 141-145
Column Alignment Charts
Chap 4.7

Assignment #11

4.6-1, 4.6-2, 4.7-1

Fri
9/26
12 Compression Members
Read text: 146-155
GaGb EES Nomograph
How to get the Nomograph.EES file
Chap 4.7
Assignment #12

4.7-5, 4.7-8 (omit part c), 4.7-10 (part b is an allowed stress question - don't work.)
    Week 5  
Mon
9/29
13 Compression Members, Beams

Look over example problems available from AISC

Read text: 189-196
Chap 4.7, 5.1-5.2
Assignment #13

4.7-11, 4.7-13
Wed
10/1
14

Beams
Read text: 196-199
Chap 5.3-5.4

Detailed procedure for drawing shear and moment diagrams

Assignment #14

5.2-1

Fri
10/3
15 Beams
Read text: 199-205
Chap 5.5

Assignment #15

5.2-3

Week 6
Mon
10/6
16 Beams
Read text: 203-213
Chap 5.5

Assignment #16

5.4-1, 5.5-1 & 5.5-3

Wed
10/8
17 Beams
Read text: 214-222
Chap 5.5-5.8

Assignment #17

5.5-4, 5.5-6 (omit part c), 5.5-10 (beam is now also supported in center.)

Fri
10/10
18 Beams
Read text: 223-238
Chap 5.8-5.9

Assignment #18

5.5-15, 5.5-16

Week 7
Mon
10/13
19 Beams
Read text: 234-249
Video: Cutting holes in beams, coping, cutting W's into T's.
Chap 5.10
Assignment #19

5.8-1, 5.8-3
Wed
10/15
20 Quiz A - held in our classroom during regular class hours.
Covers through problem
#5.2-3.

Assignment #20

5.8-4, 5.10-2

The only material permitted on Quiz A will be your AISC Steel Manual, and any handwritten notes in it. No textbook or loose notes permitted. You can add any handwritten notes in the last blank pages in your LRFD Manual. These can include example solutions or anything of your choice.

You must also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Reference Manual, Steel Design section. Click here for a copy.

Any homework assigned a week ago is still due today.  However I don't want to delay the quiz, so hand it in with your next set.  That doesn't mean it isn't due, only that you are going to hand in two sets next class.

Fri
10/17
21
Beams
Read text: 237-244
Chap 5.11-5.12  
Assignment #21

5.10-4, 5.10-5
    Week 8  
Mon
10/20
22
Beams
Read text: 251-254

Steel Joist Institute Manual

Assignment #22

5.11-1, 5.14-1 (Hint),
5-14.2

Wed
10/22
23
Beams
Read text: 254-260


Base plate design
Assignment #23

5.14-3 & 5.14-4
Fri
10/24
24
Beams
Read text: 260-268

Assignment #24

5.15-1 & 5.15-2

Week 9
Mon
10/27
25 Beams
Read text: 269-301

Assignment #25

6.2-1

Wed
10/29
26
Biaxial Bending (Sec. 6.5)
Read text: 302-312


Visual Analysis Tutorial
Discuss accuracy of moment amplification factor.
Assignment #26

6.2-2
Fri
10/31
27
Simple Connections  (Sec. 7.1-7.3)
Watch video: How nuts and bolts are made.  And here.
Read text: 312-315

 Assignment #27

6.6-1*, 6.6-2.

*Note: in the chapter 6.6 problems, use reduced stiffness, EI*, only on problem 6.6-1.

Week 10
Mon
11/3
28
Bearing Strength, Bolts (Sec 7.4)
Read text: 315-325, 379-383
Assignment #28

6.6-3, 6.6-5

Wed
11/5
29 High-strength Bolts (Sec. 7.5-7.6)
Read text: 383-392
Assignment #29

6.6-6 note hint, 6.6-7, 6.6-12
Fri
11/7
30
Bolted Connections (Sec 7.7)
Read text: 392-400

Assignment #30

7.3-2, 7.4-1 (Use either a C8x18.7 or a C8x18.5)
(Never compute ASD numbers)

Week 11
Mon
11/10
31 Bolted Connections (Sec 7.8-7.9)
Read text: 401-417
Assignment #31

7.4-3, 7.4-5
Wed
11/12
32 Quiz B - held during regular class hours.
Covers through homework problem 6.6-2, with emphasis on material covered after
Quiz A.

The only material permitted on Quiz B will be your AISC Steel Manual, and any handwritten notes in it. No textbook or loose notes permitted. You can add any handwritten notes in the last blank pages in your LRFD Manual. These can include example solutions or anything of your choice.

You must also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Reference Manual, Steel Design section.  Click here for a copy.

Any homework assigned a week ago is still due today.  However I don't want to delay the quiz, so hand it in with your next set.  That doesn't mean it isn't due, only that you are going to hand in two sets next class.

Fri
11/14
33
Bolted Connections
Skidmore Bolt Proof Test
(Sec. 7.9)
Read text: 428-431
Assignment #32

*7.8-1 (*Neglect prying action in all problems).
7.6-1
, 7.6-5
Week 12

Mon
11/17
34 Welded Connections (Sec. 7.10)
Watch Video: Mig welding techniques
Arc welding techniques
Read text: 431-438

Assignment #33

7.7-1, 7.9-1

Wed
11/19
35
Welded Connections (Sec. 7.10-8.1)
Read text: 438-446
Chap
Read Dr. Keating's module on
welds and welding processes

Assignment #34

7.9-3, 7.11-2, 7.11-4 & 7.11-8. (assume threads included in shear plane for these and all later problems.

Fri
11/21

Last day to Q-drop, withdraw.
Click here for some idea to help you decide.
36 Eccentric Connections (Sec. 8.1-8.2)
Read text: 446-455
Chap
Read Dr. Keating's module on the design strength of welds

Read Dr. Keating's module on the design of bolted joints
Assignment #35

8.2-3, 8.2-6
Friday 5:00:00 Nov 21st Q-drop
Week 13
Mon
11/24

37

Bolted Connections (Sec 8.2-8.3)
Excel computer program to analyze bolts
Read Dr. Keating's connections I module
Read text: 477-477n
Chap

Assignment #36:

8.2-11, 12, 8.3-1

Wed
11/26
38 Moment-Resisting Connections (Sec. 8.6)
Read Dr. Keating's connections II module
Read text: 477o-487
Chap
Assignment #37:

8.3-5
(assume threads are  included in shear plane for all problems)
Fri
11/28
Reading Day
No Class
Reading Day
No Class
Hand in any homework due today on the next class day, with any other due.
Week 14
Mon
12/21
39

Moment-Resisting Connections (Sec. 8.6-8.7)
Read text:
Chap

Assignment #38:

NOT REQUIRED but understand for final exam. (Special Table 7 bolt problem)
Wed
12/23
40 Read: Class notes NOT REQUIRED but understand for final exam.
Assignment #39
:

 8.3-7, 8.5-2
NOT REQUIRED
Fri
12/25
41 Read: Class notes  
Week 15
Mon
12/28
42 Read: Class notes

 

     
 
    Final Exam will be held
Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  It will cover only through that material we were able to cover in class, whatever that turns out to be.  For 2014c this turned out to be page 505.

It will cover topics with emphasis on the material after Quiz B. The distribution of material to be covered is planned to be approximately: 20% Quiz A, 20% Quiz B, and 60% over the material since Quiz B.

CHECK THIS EXAM DATE FOR ACCURACY HERE:

Final Exam Schedules

The final exam will be closed book, open AISC Steel Manual with handwritten added notes. No textbook or loose notes permitted. You can add any handwritten notes in the last blank pages in your LRFD Manual. These can include example solutions or anything of your choice.

You must also bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Reference Manual, Steel Design section. Click here for a copy.

Please note that to pass this class you MUST be able design simple tension members to resist axial loads, to design beams to resist LTB, to design a column, and to design simple bolted or welded connections. These are minimum competencies. Things like combined bending and axially loaded members will likely be on the final, but being unable to do the simple things listed above will require that you find a better prof and retake this class. I simply cannot have you designing my old folk's home and dropping a beam on me in 20 years.

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