CVEN 446 Section 503 (10702)
STRUCTURAL STEEL DESIGN

Course Syllabus - Spring 2017 
TR 8:00 am - 9:15 am
CVLB Room 219

PLEASE NOTE: The syllabus will suffer changes throughout the semester, depending on our ability to cover the material.  Please check the syllabus daily for changes, especially before you work any homework problems, which are subject to change.

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

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

Office: CEOB (7th floor of CE Ofice Building), Room 701C
Phone: 979-845-4395 (Office), 979-775-5401 (Home)
e-mail: Lowery@tamu.edu

Office Hours:
  • MWF 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  •  TR   2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Most of my time is spent teaching CVEN 446, two sections of 305, 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 (below) during their office hours. Please don't wait until just before class or a quiz to get help or you likely won't get any.

I try and keep my calendar up to date, and to add unexpected meetings as they arise. However, it will always be in your best interest to call before you come by, unless you are already in the area.

Teaching Associate:  Jacob Page
 
    Office: Old CE Building Room 011

    Office hours:  T  10:00 am to 12:00 noon
                             R 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
                          F   8:00 am to 11:00 am

    Email:  jacob.page@tamu.edu

     

Reference Manual:  AISC Steel Construction Manual 14th Edition only:  Click here   for instructions on purchasing this manual. NOTE that you MUST be registered in CVEN 446 Section 503 (Lowery) this semester to get your coupon code. You can pay online, or by mail, and they will ship the book directly to you. The price shown is greatly reduced from anything else you can get. Upon request I will e-mail your coupon code to you. Please note that they have issued only one code for the students in the class. Please do not give it to anyone. We only have codes for the number of students in the class. If someone else uses your code to order a manual, it won't be easy to get another one. Once you have your code, please follow the instructions above. E-mail your request for a code to Lowery@tamu.edu using the subject: Request - Your Name - AISC Manual Code.

Textbook: Because of some confusion about different sections using no text, or Segui, or Geschwindner, I really don't care which text you get.  The text listed by the bookstore is Geschwindner, but the information in both texts is comparable.  Get whichever you like, but I strongly recommend that you get one or the other.  Don't go without a text if at all possible.

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

The Segui textbook is excellent.

Looking for a Segui textbook?

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

A second choice: Unified Design of Steel Structures by Louis Geschwindner: Wiley, 2nd edition only - ISBN Number 9780470444030

 

Unified Design of Steel Structures
Geschwindner
Second Edition
AISC Steel Construction Manual
14th Edition
ISBN: 9780470444030 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.

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, Structural Analysis.

Course Assessment:

Resources available to the student:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING SYLLABUS INFORMATION:

The correct time (to the nanosecond)


Homework to be assigned during the semester

Week
and
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.

 

Homework problems reset from now on:

Thu
3/2
14 Quiz A - held during regular class hours.
Covers through problem number 4.7-8.

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 up to 4 handwritten 6"x9" pages (2 sheets of paper total written on both sides) into the manual to supplement your notes. These can include example solutions or anything of your choice, but they must be the same size as the manual.

You are also permitted to bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual.

Click here for a copy.

WARNING!!!

Week 10      
Tue
3/28
19
Segui Chap 5.14
Base plate design

 Class #19 assignment due class #21:
Segui: # 5.14-1, 5.14-2 & 5.14-3

Thu
3/30
20
Segui Chap 5.15,
Chap 6.1-6.2
Class #20 assignment due class #22:
Segui: # 5.14-4, 5.15-1, & 5.15-2
Week 11      
Tue
4/4
21
Segui Chap 6.3-6.4
Class #21 assignment due class #23:
Segui: # 6.2-1, 6.2-2

Thu
4/6
22 Segui Chap 6.5-6.6 Class #22 assignment due class #24:
Segui: # 6.6-2,
6.6-6 note hint.
Week 12      
Tue
4/11
23
Segui Chap 7.1-7.4
Class #23 assignment due class #25:
Segui: # 7.3-1, 7.3-2
Thu
4/13
24 Segui Chap 7.4-7.5 Class #24 assignment due class #26:
Segui:
7.4-1 (Hint: Use either a C8x18.7 or a C8x18.5)
(Never compute ASD), 7.4-3, 7.4-5
Week 13      
Tue
4/18
25

Read Dr. Keating's information on the Design of bolted joints

Quiz B - held during regular class hours.
Covers everything we have covered through Chapter 5.

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 up to 4 handwritten 6"x9" pages (4 sheets of paper total, written on 2 sides each) into the manual to supplement your notes. These can include example solutions or anything of your choice, but they must be the same size as the manual.

You are also permitted to bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual.

Click here for a copy.

Regardless of good intentions, here's what we can reasonably get done and still have you understand it.  Please work on the following homework problems and I will cover them in class.  Do not hand in.
Thu
4/20
26
Segui Bolts
Chap 7.6-7.7
Class #26 assignment due class #28:
Segui: 7.6-1, 7.6-5
Week 14  

 

 

Tue
4/25
27 Segui Welds
Chap 7.10-7.11
Class #27 assignment not due but be able to work:
7.11-2, 7.11.4, 7.11-8
Thu
4/27
28 Segui Eccentric Connections
Chap 8.1-8-2

 Class #28 assignment not due but be able to work:
Segui:
8.2-3, 8.2-11

       
   

The Final Exam will be held Friday, May 5th, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  It will cover all material which we were able to cover in class, whatever that turns out to be.

CHECK THIS DATE FOR ACCURACY:

Final Exam Schedules

The final exam will be open textbook, open AISC Steel Manual with previous added notes, no homework.  You can add up to 4 additional (12 total) handwritten 6"x9" pages (6 sheets of paper total, written on 2 sides each) into the AISC manual to supplement your notes.

The final will cover everything in the course.

You are also permitted to bring a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Reference Manual.

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. 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 take the chance of you designing my old folk's home (or sepulcher) and dropping a beam on my head in 20 years.

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