1.571 Modeling and Analysis of Structures


Class Info

Covers analytical and computer-based methods for the analysis of structural systems. Introduces strategies for the quantitative study of indeterminate and nonlinear structures. Topics provide insight into structural analysis software and the implementation of the finite element method. Emphasizes modeling complex structural behavior, such as elastic instability, local and global buckling, physical nonlinearity, geometric stiffness, and thermal expansion. Application examples cover a range of structural components and systems, with models and methods specific to the study of building frames, arches, shells, and cable-supported and tensile structures. Assignments provide experience with the construction of mathematical and finite element models, the derivation of closed-form solutions, and the effective use of structural analysis programs.

This class has no prerequisites.

1.571 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by G. Herning and J. Ochsendorf.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 1-246.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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