Courses – Henry V. Burton, Ph.D., S.E

• C&EE 135L : Structural Design and Testing Laboratory
This course introduces undergraduate students to the concepts, procedures, and key issues involved in the design and laboratory testing of structures. The prerequisites for this course are Introduction to Computer Programming with MATLAB (M20) and Elementary Structural Analysis (C&EE 135A). Topics covered include: Computer-aided optimum design, construction, instrumentation, and testing of small-scale model structure. Use of computer-based data acquisition and interpretation systems for comparison of experimental and theoretically predicted behavior.

• C&EE 235A : Advanced Structural Analysis
This course introduces graduate students to the theoretical development and computer implementation of various structural analysis concepts. The prerequisite for this course is Elementary Structural Analysis (C&EE 135A). Topics covered include: the direct stiffness method, virtual work principles, computation and assembly of element stiffness matrices and load vectors, equation solution techniques and thermal loading, non-uniform torsion, substructuring, static condensation, and kinematic condensation. Practical modeling techniques. Intro to continuum finite element methods and nonlinear analysis.

 

 • C&EE 244 : Structural Loads and Safety of Civil Structures/Structural Reliability
Graduate students are introduced to concepts and applications of structural reliability. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have a very basic knowledge of probability concepts such as random variables and their descriptions. Topics covered include: computing first- and second-order estimates of failure probabilities of engineered systems, computing sensitivities of failure probabilities to assumed parameter values, measuring the relative importance of the random variables associated with a system, updating reliability estimates based on new observational data, identifying the relative advantages and disadvantages of various analytical reliability methods, using reliability tools to calibrate simplified building codes, and performing reliability calculations related to performance-based engineering