Structural Design Minor

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The structural design minor creates a focus on the different types of structures and materials used in design. It also introduces related design codes. The minor is designed to accommodate students majoring in mechanical engineering technology or mechanical engineering.

Notes about this minor:

  • The minor is closed to students majoring in civil engineering technology
  • Posting of the minor on the student’s academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.


Required Courses
Elementary Structures
Applications of the principles of statics and strength of materials to the analysis and design of basic structural elements in buildings such as beams, T-beams, columns, slabs, and footings. Topics include analysis of gravity loads in buildings, along with analysis and design of both structural steel and reinforced concrete members found in buildings. The Allowable Stress Design approach (AISC) is used for steel, while the ACI code is used for concrete. Design and analysis of steel connections are covered also.
Structural Analysis with STAAD
Introduction of classical and modern computational techniques to analyze statically determinate and indeterminate structures. Topics include beams, 2D trusses, 2D frames, cables and arches, moving loads and influence lines, approximate methods and moment distribution. Computer-aided structural analysis using commercial structural analysis software STAAD is involved.
Structural Design–Steel
Design of structural members and frames and their connections in steel structures. Topic include principles of structural design, structural loads and systems, steel grade and shapes, tension members, columns, non-composite and composite beams, beam-columns, column base plates, bolted connections and welded connections. The use of AISC Steel Manual is emphasized and a comprehensive group design project is assigned. Some computer work is involved.
Structural Design–Reinforced Concrete
Design of members and frames of reinforced concrete. Topics include principles of structural design; properties of concrete and reinforcement; design of slabs, beams, columns, and footings; and introduction to pre-stressed concrete. Emphasis is on the use of the ACI code, and a comprehensive group design project is assigned. Some computer work is involved.
Choose one of the following:
   Structural Timber Design
Design wood structures. Topics include properties of structural lumber, design of wood structural members including beams, columns, beam-columns, trusses, studs, plywood diaphragms and shear walls, and design of structural member connections. Emphasis is on the use of NDC Wood Design Package. A comprehensive group design project. Some computer work is involved.
   Design of Highway Bridges
Design concrete and steel bridges. Topics include types of bridges; design loads on bridges, design of prestressed concrete girders using CONSPAN, design of steel girders using MDX, design of reinforced concrete deck, design of foundations, and introduction to multi-span bridges. Emphasis is on the use of the AASHTO LRFD code and bridge design software, and a comprehensive group design project is assigned. Some computer work is involved.
   Pre-stressed Concrete
This course focuses on the fundamental concepts of prestressed concrete design. Topics include prestressing systems, types of prestressing, materials used in prestressed concrete, analysis and design of pre- and post-tensioned systems, design of connections, losses in prestress. Emphasis is given on the use of the current industry standards and a design project.
   Masonry Structures
This course focuses on the fundamental concepts of structural design with masonry elements. Topics include historical perspective of masonry technology, materials used in masonry construction, general design requirements for masonry, structural design of unreinforced and reinforced masonry elements, masonry construction practices, repairs and improvements to masonry walls. Emphasis is given on the use of the building codes for masonry structures and a comprehensive group design project.