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Structural Analysis Course

March 11, 2016

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Structural Analysis

Course description:

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles of analyzing structures – both qualitatively and quantitatively.  The course consists of analysis of beams and frames to determine external reactions and internal forces (axial force, shear and bending moment), sketching approximate deflected shapes for beams, using beam diagrams to predict maximum shear, moments and deflections, and applying the determinacy test to beams and frames to establish degree of indeterminacy and identifying stable and unstable structures.  Students learn to calculate normal and shear stresses due to bending, sketch these distributions, and apply them to design decisions.  Finally, students are introduced to lateral load resisting systems, as well as Limit States Design as a lead-in to Structural Design.

Each day will end with a quiz to review material taught that day.  There is minimal work outside the classroom.  The final test will be on the Friday.

Prior learning:

  • CIVL-1011 Algebra/Trigonometry 1 or equivalent
  • CIVL-2023 Algebra/Trigonometry 2 or equivalent
  • Statics or Mechanics of Materials (Recommended)


Develop a sense of “structural intuition” related to structural stability, load path through a structure, and the aspects considered preparing a building design.

Understand the limit states that form the basis of building analysis & design.

Who should attend?

Individuals who work with Structural Engineers and wish to gain a better understanding of terminology and fundamental principles of how structures work.

Course Dates and Costs:

 Dates: May 16-20, 2016

Times: Daily from 8 am to 4 pm

Cost: RRC Students – $300, Industry Clients – $500

Location: Red River College, Notre Dame Campus

Registration deadline: April 29, 2016