Structural Engineering

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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice. Updates may be found on the Academic Senate website: http://senate.ucsd.edu/catalog-copy/approved-updates/.

Courses

For course descriptions not found in the UC San Diego General Catalog, 2014–15, please contact the department for more information.

All undergraduate students enrolled in structural engineering courses or admitted into a structural engineering program are expected to meet prerequisite and performance standards. Additional details are given under the various program outlines, course descriptions, and admission procedures for the School of Engineering in this catalog. Furthermore, the majority of SE courses have enrollment restrictions that give priority to, or are open only to, structural engineering students. Where these restrictions apply, the registrar will not enroll other students except by department stamp on class enrollment cards. The department expects that students will adhere to these policies on their own volition and enroll in courses accordingly. Students are advised that they may be dropped at any time from course rosters if prerequisites and/or performance standards have not been met.

While some courses may be offered more than once each year, most SE courses are taught only once per year, and courses are scheduled to be consistent with the curricula as shown in the tables. When possible, SE does offer selected large-enrollment courses more than once each year. A tentative schedule of course offerings is available from the department each spring for the following academic year.

Program and or materials fees may apply to those courses with large lab components. 

Lower Division

SE 1. Introduction to Structures and Design (4)

Introduction to structural components, systems from aerospace, civil, mechanical, marine and offshore areas. Structural action, the design process. History of structural engineering. Role and responsibility of structural engineers in society. Engineering economics, costs-benefits analysis. Implications on safety. Professional ethics. Priority enrollment given to structural engineering majors.

SE 2. Structural Materials (3)

Properties and structures of engineering materials, including metals and alloys, ceramics, cements and concretes, polymers, and composites. Elastic deformation, plastic deformation, fracture, fatigue, wearing, and corrosion. Selection of engineering materials based on performance and cost requirements. Prerequisites: Chem 6A, Phys 2A.

SE 2L. Structural Materials Lab (1)

Materials testing and/or processing for metals and alloys, polymers and composites, cements, and wood. Materials selection and structural design to meet functional and cost requirements. Structural construction and testing. Use of computer resources. Prerequisites: Chem 6A, Phys 2A and SE 2.

SE 9. Algorithms and Programming for Structural Engineering (4)

Introduction to the Matlab environment. Variables and types, statements, functions, blocks, loops, and branches. Algorithm development. Functions, function handles, input and output arguments. Data encapsulation and object-oriented programming. Toolboxes and libraries. Models from physics (mechanics and thermodynamics) are used in exercises and projects. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in Math 20D and Math 20F (20F may be concurrent).

SE 10A. Design Competition—Design, Build, and Fly Aircraft (1)

Student teams design, build, and fly unmanned aircraft for a national student competition. Students concentrate on vehicle system design including aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, and performance. Teams engineer and fabricate the aircraft, submit a design report, and prep aircraft for competition. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

SE 87. Freshman Seminar (1)

The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisites: open to freshmen only.

SE 99H. Independent Study (1)

Independent study or research under direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: student must be of first year standing and a Regents Scholar. Consent of instructor or department stamp.

 

Upper Division

SE 101A. Mechanics I: Statics (4)

Principles of statics using vectors. Two- and three-dimensional equilibrium of statically determinate structures under discrete and distributed loading including hydrostatics; internal forces and concept of stress; free body diagrams; moment, product of inertia; analysis of trusses and beams. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in Math 20C and Phys 2A.

SE 101B. Mechanics II: Dynamics (4)

Kinematics and kinetics of particles in two- and three-dimensional motion. Newton’s equations of motion. Energy and momentum methods. Impulsive motion and impact. Systems of particles. Kinetics and kinematics of rigid bodies in 2-D. Introduction to 3-D dynamics of rigid bodies. Prerequisites: grades of C– or better in SE 101A (or MAE 130A).

SE 101C. Mechanics III: Vibrations (4)

Free and forced vibrations of damped 1-DOF systems; vibrations isolation, impact and packaging problems. Analysis of discrete MDOF systems using matrix representation; normal mode of frequencies and modal matrix formulation. Lagrange’s equations. Modal superposition for analysis of continuous vibrating systems. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in Math 20F and SE 101B (or MAE 130B).

SE 102. Numerical, Computational, and Graphical Tools for Structural Engineering I (4)

Numerical methods for initial value problems. Errors, Taylor series. Convergence. Solutions of linear equations. Gaussian elimination, multiplicative decomposition. Matlab is used for programming exercises and projects. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 1, SE 9, and SE 101A (or MAE 130A).

SE 103. Conceptual Structural Design (4)

Introduction to structural design concepts, structural performance, materials, load cases, factors of safety, and aesthetics through team-based projects; development of design theories and approaches; application examples from aerospace, civil, and marine systems; introduction to basic visualization and modeling applications. Program or material fee may apply. Prerequisites: SE 2, SE 2L, SE 9, and SE 101A or MAE 130A.

SE 110A. Solid Mechanics I (4)

Concepts of stress and strain. Hooke’s law. Stress transformation. Axial loading of bars. Torsion of circular shafts. Torsion of thin-walled members. Pure bending of beams. Unsymmetric bending of beams. Shear stresses in beams. Shear stresses in thin-walled beams. Shear center. Differential equation of the deflection curve. Deflections and slopes of beams from integration methods. Statically determinate and indeterminate problems. Cross-listed with MAE 131A. Students may not receive credit for SE 110A or MAE 131A and SE 110A/MAE 131A. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in Math 20D and SE 101A (or MAE 130A).

SE 110B. Solid Mechanics II (4)

Advanced concepts in the mechanics of deformable bodies. Unsymmetrical bending of symmetrical and unsymmetrical sections. Bending of curved beams. Shear center and torsional analysis of open and closed sections. Stability analysis of columns, lateral buckling. Application of the theory of elasticity in rectangular coordinates. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 110A (or MAE 131A), SE majors.

SE 111A–B. Steel Bridge Design Competition (2-2)

Student teams design, test, and build a steel bridge for regional and national ASCE design competition. Students focus on learning ASCE guidelines, rules, and constraints for adherence to national competition policy. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 103 and SE 110A (or MAE 131A). SE 111A for SE 111B.

SE 112A–B. Concrete Canoe Design Competition (2-2)

Student teams design, test, and build a concrete canoe for regional and national ASCE design competition. Students focus on learning and applying specific fundamental ASCE competition rules, guidelines, and constraints into design. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 110A (or MAE 131A). SE 112A for SE 112B.

SE 115. Fluid Mechanics for Structural Engineering (4)

Fluid statics, hydrostatic forces; integral and differential forms of conservation equations for mass, momentum, and energy; Bernoulli equation; dimensional analysis; viscous pipe flow; external flow, boundary layers; open channel flow. Prerequisites: Phys 2A and Math 20D, or consent of instructor.

SE 120. Engineering Graphics & Computer Aided Structural Design (4)

Engineering graphics, solid modeling, CAD applications including 2-D and 3-D transformations, 3-D viewing, wire frame and solid models, Hidden surface elimination. Program or material fee may apply. Prerequisites: SE 102 and SE 103, SE majors.

SE 121. Computational and Graphical Tools for Structural Engineering II (4)

Direct and iterative linear algebra for systems of linear equations. Errors. Representation of numbers. Eigenvalue problem. Finite differences for initial and boundary value problems. Stability. Unconstrained and constrained optimization. Least squares solutions, orthogonality. Matlab used for programming exercises and projects. Prerequisites: SE 101C (or MAE 130C) and SE 102.

SE 125. Statistics, Probability and Reliability (4)

Probability theory. Statistics, data analysis and inferential statistics, distributions, confidence intervals. Introduction to structural reliability and random phenomena. Applications to components and systems. Prerequisites: SE majors.

SE 130A–B. Structural Analysis (4)

Classical methods of analysis for statically indeterminate structures. Development of computer codes for the analysis of civil, mechanical, and aerospace structures from the matrix formulation of the classical structural theory, through the direct stiffness formulation, to production-type structural analysis programs. Prerequisites: grades of C– or better in SE 110A (or MAE 131A). SE 130A for SE 130B. Priority enrollment given to structural engineering majors.

SE 131. Finite Element Analysis (4)

Development of finite element models based upon the Galerkin method. Application to static and dynamic heat conduction and stress analysis. Formulation of initial boundary value problem models, development of finite element formulas, solution methods, and error analysis and interpretation of results. Prerequisites: SE 101C or MAE 130C, SE 121, SE 130B.

SE 140. Structures and Materials Laboratory (4)

Introduction to concepts, procedures, and key issues of engineering design. Problem formulation, concept design, configuration design, parametric design, and documentation. Project management, team working, ethics, and human factors. Term project in model structure design. Program or material fee may apply. Prerequisites: SE 103, SE 130B, and senior standing in the major.

SE 142. Design of Composite Structures (4)

Design and analysis of lightweight structures composed of laminated composite materials. Stiffness, strength, failure mechanisms, micromechanics, and hygrothermal behavior. Fabrication and experimental testing. Design projects that involve computer implementation. Prerequisites: SE 110A (or MAE 131A) and SE 110B.

SE 150. Design of Steel Structures (4)

Design concepts and loadings for structural systems. Working stress, ultimate strength design theories. Properties of structural steel. Elastic design of tension members, beams, and columns. Design of bolted and welded concentric and eccentric connections, and composite floors. Introduction to plastic design. Prerequisites: SE 130A.  

SE 151A. Design of Reinforced Concrete (4)

Concrete and reinforcement properties. Service and ultimate limit state analysis and design. Design and detailing of structural components. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 103 and SE 130A.

SE 151B. Design of Prestressed Concrete (4)

Time-dependent and independent properties of concrete and reinforcing material. Concept and application of prestressed concrete. Service and ultimate limit state analysis and design of prestressed concrete structures and components. Detailing of components. Calculation of deflection and prestress losses. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 151A.

SE 152. Seismic Design of Structures (4)

Seismic design philosophy. Ductility concepts. Lateral force resisting systems. Mechanisms of nonlinear deformation. Methods of analysis. Detailing of structural steel and reinforced concrete elements. Lessons learned from past earthquakes. Multistory building design project. Prerequisites: SE 130A, SE 150, and SE 151A; concurrent enrollment in SE 151B.

SE 154. Design of Timber Structures (4)

Properties of wood and lumber grades. Beam design. Design of axially loaded members. Design of beam-column. Properties of plywood and structural-use panels. Design of horizontal diaphragms. Design of shear walls. Design of nailed and bolted connections. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 103 and SE 130A; SE major.

SE 160A. Aerospace Structural Mechanics I (4)

Aircraft and spacecraft flight load definition and operational envelopes, metallic and composite material selection and comparison, applied elasticity, failure theories, stiffened shear panels, thin-wall open and closed-cell torsion pressure vessels, unsymmetical beam bending, shear center, and bending of plates. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 2, SE 101B (or MAE 130B), and SE 110A (or MAE 131A). Priority enrollment given to engineering majors.

SE 160B. Aerospace Structural Mechanics II (4)

Work-energy principles, matrix models, bending of plates and shells, structural stability of beams and plates, tension field beams, wing divergence and control reversal, vibration damping and flutter, fasteners and structural joints, structural test methods. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 160A. Priority enrollment given to engineering majors.

SE 163. Nondestructive Evaluation (4)

Damage detection, materials characterization. Introduction to nondestructive evaluation. Impedance-based methods, ultrasonics, acoustic, thermography, shearography, liquid penetrant, proof testing, stress coatings, vibrational techniques. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 110A and SE 110B or consent of instructor; SE major.

SE 168. Structural System Testing and Model Correlation (4)

Dynamic/model testing of structures: test planning/execution, actuation, sensing, and data acquisition, signal processing, data conditioning, test troubleshooting. Methods of updating finite element structural models to correlate with dynamic test results. Model/test correlation assessment in industrial practice. Knowledge of Matlab strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 101C (or MAE 130C) and SE 131.

SE 171. Aerospace Structures Repair (4)

Review methods used to repair aerospace structures. Emphasis on primary load-bearing airframe structures and analysis/design of substantiate repairs. Identification of structural/corrosion distress, fatigue cracking, damage tolerance, integrity and durability of built-up members, patching, health monitoring. Use of computer resources. Prerequisites: SE 130B or SE 160A or consent of instructor.

SE 180. Earthquake Engineering (4)

Elements of seismicity and seismology. Seismic hazards. Dynamic analysis of structures underground motion. Elastic and inelastic response spectra. Modal analysis, nonlinear time-history analysis. Earthquake resistant design. Seismic detailing. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 110A, and SE 130A. Priority enrollment given to structural engineering majors.

SE 181. Geotechnical Engineering (4)

General introduction to physical and engineering properties of soils. Soil classification and identification methods. Compaction and construction control. Total and effective stress. Permeability, seepage, and consolidation phenomena. Shear strength of sand and clay. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 110A or MAE 131A; SE major.

SE 182. Foundation Engineering (4)

Application of soil mechanics to the analysis, design, and construction of foundations for structures. Soil exploration, sampling, and in-situ testing techniques. Stress distribution and settlement of structures. Bearing capacities of shallow foundations. Axial and lateral capacity of deep foundations, earth pressures on retaining walls. Prerequisites: grade of C– or better in SE 181; SE major.

SE 184. Ground Improvement (4)

Concepts underpinning mechanical, hydraulic, chemical and inclusion-based methods of ground improvement will be discussed. Students will be able to understand the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the various methods; and develop a conceptual design for the most appropriate improvement strategy.  Prerequisites: SE 181.

SE 192. Senior Seminar (1)

The Senior Seminar is designed to allow senior undergraduates to meet with faculty members to explore an intellectual topic in structural engineering. Topics will vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to twenty students with preference given to seniors. Prerequisites: SE major. Department stamp and/or consent of instructor.

SE 195. Teaching (2–4)

Teaching and tutorial assistance in a SE course under supervision of instructor. Not more than four units may be used to satisfy graduation requirements. (P/NP grades only.) Prerequisites: B average in major, upper-division standing and consent of department chair. Department stamp required.

SE 197. Engineering Internship (1–4)

An enrichment program, available to a limited number of undergraduate students, which provides work experience with industry, government offices, etc., under the supervision of a faculty member and industrial supervisor. Coordination of the Engineering Internship is conducted through UC San Diego’s Academic Internship Program. Prerequisites: completion of ninety units with a 2.5 GPA and consent of department chair. Department stamp required.

SE 198. Directed Study Group (4)

Directed group study, on a topic or in a field not included in the regular department curriculum, by special arrangement with a faculty member. (P/NP grades only.) Prerequisites: consent of instructor or department stamp.

SE 199. Independent Study (1–4)

Independent reading or research on a problem by special arrangement with a faculty member. (P/NP grades only.) Prerequisites: consent of instructor or department stamp.

Graduate

SE 200. Applied Mathematics in Structural Engineering (4)

This course is designed to give beginning students the basic preparation in mathematical methods required for graduate Structural Engineering courses. Topics include: linear algebra; systems of ordinary differential equations; diffusion and wave propagation problems; integral transforms; and calculus of variations. Prerequisites: graduate standing or approval of instructor.

SE 201A. Advanced Structural Analysis (4)

Application of advanced analytical concepts to structural engineering problems. Analysis of frame structures using matrix methods and introduction to the finite element method. Displacement-based and force-based beam element formulations. Development of computer programs for structural analysis. Use of computer resources. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 201B. Nonlinear Structural Analysis (4)

The course emphasizes the principles behind modern nonlinear structural analysis software. It deals with the theory, computer implementation, and applications of methods of material and geometric nonlinear analysis. Emphasis is on 2D and 3D frame structures modeled using 1D (beam-column) elements. Use of computer resources. Prerequisites: SE 201A or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

SE 202. Structural Stability (4)

Static, dynamic, and energy-based techniques and predicting elastic stability. Linear and nonlinear analysis of classical and shear deformable beams and plates. Ritz, Galerkin, and finite element approaches for frames and reinforced shells. Nonconservative aerodynamic (divergence flutter) and follower forces. Recommended preparation: SE 101A-C and SE 110A or equivalent background in solid mechanics and structural dynamics. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 203. Structural Dynamics (4)

Response of discrete linear structural systems to harmonic, periodic and transient excitations. Lagrangian mechanics. Linearization of the equations of motion. Free and forced vibrations of multi degree-of-freedom structures. Normal mode, frequency response and numerical methods. Continuous systems. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 204. Advanced Structural Dynamics (4)

Free-and forced-vibration of continuous systems such as axial and torsional vibrations of bars and transverse vibrations of various beams, membranes, and plates.  Euler-Lagrange formulation using variational calculus. Rayleigh-Ritz method for approximation. Applications in vibration suppression/isolation. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

SE 205. Nonlinear Mechanical Vibrations (4)

Advanced analytical techniques to understand nonlinearity in mechanical vibration. Phase plane analysis instability, and bifurcations. Application in nonlinear structural resonance. Introduction to chaotic dynamics, advanced time series analysis, and using chaotic dynamics in applications such as structural damage assessment. Prerequisites: SE 203 or consent of instructor; graduate standing.

SE 206. Random Vibrations (4)

Introduction to probability theory and random processes. Correlation and power spectral density functions. Estimation of correlation functions, ergodicity. Stochastic dynamic analysis of structures subjected to stationary and nonstationary fandom excitations. Crossings, first-excursion probability, distributions of peaks and extremes. Recommended preparation: Basic Knowledge of Probability Theory (SE 125 or equivalent). Prerequisites: MAE 237 or SE 203; graduate standing. 

SE 207. Topics in Structural Engineering (4)

A course to be given at the discretion of the faculty in which topics of current interest in structural engineering will be presented.

SE 211. Advanced Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design (4)

Advanced topics in concrete design, including frame and shear wall structures, design of connections. reinforced and prestressed concrete system evaluation for seismic resistance including confinement and ductility requirements. Upper and lower bound theories for slab design. Prerequisites: SE 151A, or equivalent background in basic RC/PC design, or consent of instructor.

SE 212. Advanced Structural Steel Design (4)

Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) philosophy. Behavior and design of steel elements for global and local buckling. Background of seismic codes. Ductility requirements and capability design concept. Seismic design of steel moment frames and braced frames. Prerequisites: SE 201 and SE 150, or equivalent course, or consent of instructor.

SE 213. Bridge Design (4)

Design and analysis of bridge structures, construction methods, load conditions. Special problems in analysis—box girders, curved and skewed bridges, environmental and seismic loads. Bearings and expansion joints. Time-temperature-dependent superstructure deformations. Conceptual/preliminary bridge design project. Prerequisites: SE 201 and fundamental courses in RC and PC design, or consent of instructor.

SE 214. Masonry Structures (4)

Analysis and design of unreinforcced and reinforced masonry structure using advanced analytical techniques and design philosophies. Material properties, stability, and buckling of unreinforced masonry. Flexural strength, shear strength, stiffness, and ductility of reinforced masonry elements. Design for seismic loads. Prerequisites: SE 151A, B, or equivalent basic reinforced concrete course, or consent of instructor; graduate standing.

SE 215. Cable Structures (4)

The course deals with cable structures from a structural mechanics point of view. The theoretical and practical aspects of the application of cables to moorings, guyed structures, suspension bridges, cable-stayed bridges, and suspended membranes are discussed. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 220. Seismic Isolation and Energy Dissipation (4)

Concepts, advantages, and limitations of seismic isolation techniques; fundamentals of dynamic response under seismic excitation; spectral analysis; damping; energy approach; application to buildings and structures. Prerequisites: background in structural dynamics, or consent of instructor.

SE 221. Earthquake Engineering (4)

Introduction to plate tectonics and seismology. Rupture mechanism, measures of magnitude and intensity, earthquake occurrence and relation to geologic, tectonic processes. Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis. Strong earthquake ground motion; site effects on ground motion; structural response; soil-structure interaction; design criteria; code requirements. Use of computer resources. Prerequisites: SE 203 or consent of instructor; graduate standing.

SE 222. Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (4)

Influence of soil conditions on ground motion characteristics; dynamic behavior of soils, computation of ground response using wave propagation analysis and finite element analysis; evaluation and mitigation of soil liquefaction; soil-structure interaction; lateral pressures on earth retaining structures; analysis of slope stability.

SE 223. Advanced Seismic Design of Structures (4)

Fundamental concepts in seismic design. Innovative earthquake resistant system. Passive energy dissipation systems. Metallic, friction, viscoelastic dampers. Self-centering devices. Tuned-mass dampers. Theory of seismic isolation. Metallic bearings. Lead-extrusion bearings. Sliding bearings. Laminated rubber bearings. Lead-rubber bearings. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

SE 224. Structural Reliability and Risk Analysis (4)

Probability theory and random processes; fundamentals of structural reliability theory. Modern methods of structural reliability analysis including computational aspects; structural component and system reliability. Reliability-based design codes; structural modeling for performance and safety. Risk analysis of structural systems. Prerequisites: basic knowledge of probability theory (e.g., SE 125).

SE 233. Computational Techniques in Finite Elements (4)

Practical application of the finite element method to problems in solid mechanics including basic preprocessing and postprocessing. Topics include element types, mesh refinement, boundary conditions, dynamics, eigenvalue problems, and linear and nonlinear solution methods.

SE 235. Wave Propagation in Elastic Media (4)

Wave propagation in elastic media with emphasis on waves in unbound media and on uniform and layered half-spaces. Fundamental aspects of elastodynamics. Application to strong-motion seismology, earthquake engineering, dynamics of foundations, computational wave propagation, and nondestructive evaluations. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 236. Wave Propagation in Continuous Structural Elements (4)

Propagation of elastic waves in thin structural elements such as strings, rods, beams, membranes, plates and shells. An approximate strength-of-materials approach is used to consider propagation of elastic waves in these elements and obtain the dynamic response to transient loads. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 241. Advanced Soil Mechanics (4)

Advanced treatment of topics in soil mechanics, including state of stress, pore pressure, consolidation and settlement analysis, shear strength of cohesionless and cohesive soils, mechanisms of ground improvement, and slope stability analysis. Concepts in course reinforced by laboratory experiments.

SE 242. Advanced Foundation Engineering (4)

Advanced treatment of topics in foundation engineering, including earth pressure theories, design of earth retaining structures, bearing capacity, ground improvement for foundation support, analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, including drilled piers and driven piles.

SE 243. Soil-Structure Interaction (4)

Advanced treatment of the dynamic interaction between soils and structures.  Dynamic response of shallow and embedded foundations. Kinematic and inertial interaction. General computational and approximate analytical methods of analysis. Prerequisites: SE 200 and SE 203; graduate standing.  

SE 244. Numerical Methods in Geomechanics (4)

Application of finite element method to static and dynamic analysis of geotechnical structures. One-, 2-, and 3-D static and seismic response of earth structures/slopes/Foundation systems. Pore-pressure generation/effects during cycle loading. System identification using strong motion downhole-array data. Use of computer resources required. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

SE 247. Ground Improvement (4)

Concepts underpinning mechanical, hydraulic, chemical and inclusion-based methods of ground improvement will be discussed. Students will be able to understand the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the various methods; and develop a conceptual design for the most appropriate improvement strategy. Recommended Preparation: SE 181 or equivalent background in the physics and engineering properties of soil. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 250. Stability of Earth Slopes and Retaining Walls (4)

Fundamental and advanced concepts of stability analysis for earth slopes and retaining walls with soil backfill. Topics: shear strength, effective/total stress analysis, infinite/finite slopes, reinforced soil slopes, lateral earth pressure, retaining wall design and reinforced soil retaining walls. Recommended preparation: SE 181 or equivalent background. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

SE 251B. Mechanical Behaviors of Polymers and Composites (4)

Material science oriented course on polymers and composites. Mechanical properties of polymers; micromechanisms of elastic and plastic deformations, fracture, and fatigue of polymers and composites. Prerequisites: graduate student standing required.

SE 252. Experimental Mechanics and NDE (4)

Theory of electrical resistance strain gages, full-field coherent optical methods including photoelasticity, moire’ and speckle interferometry, ultrasonics, thermography and fiberoptic sensing. Applications to materials characterization, defect detection and health monitoring of structures with emphasis on fiber-reinforced composites. Prerequisites: SE 101A, SE 110A, and MAE 131B, or consent of instructor.

SE 253A. Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures I (4)

Graduate-level introductory course on mechanics of composites and anisotropic materials. Overview of composite materials and processes, 3-D properties and stress-strain relationships, micromechanics, classical laminated plate theory, basic failure criteria, thermal/moisture/CTE. Students may not receive credit for both SE 253A and SE 250. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

SE 253B. Mechanics of Laminated Composite Structures II (4)

Advanced topics, with prerequisite being SE 253A, or equivalent. Macro- and micro-material modeling, classical and shear deformable laminate beam and plate theories developed via energy principles, Ritz, Galerkin, and Finite element based solutions, advanced failure theories, fracture, holes/notches and hole-size effect, interlaminar stresses, free-edge problems, impact, damage tolerance, fatigue, elastic tailoring, thermally stabile/zero CTE structures, etc. Prerequisites: SE 253A or equivalent, graduate standing.

SE 253C. Mechanics of Laminated Anisotropy Plates and Shells (4)

Static/dynamic/elastic stability of laminated anisotropic plates and cylindrical shells.  Theories:  thin-plate (classical lamination theory), first-and third- order shear-deformable (Reissner-Mindlin and Reddy) thick plates, and refined layer-wise theories.  Solution methods:  exact, approximate (Ritz, Galerkin) and finite element method.  Additional topics: sandwich construction, elastic couplings, theormal response, shear factor determination, fiber/interlaminar stress recovery, strength/safety. Prerequisites: SE 253B; graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 255. Textile Composite Structures (4)

Introduction to textile structure and behavior, mechanics of yarns and fabrics as relevant to structural composites and geotechnical applications. Mechanics of textiles and fabric-based composites. Applications in fiber reinforced composites, coated textile structures, geotextiles.

SE 261. Aerospace Engineering Design (4)

Advanced topics in the design of weight-critical aerospace structures. Topics include: static, dynamic and environmental load definitions; metallics and polymeric composite material selection; semi-monocoque analysis techniques, and bolted/bonded connections. Design procedures for sizing the structural components of aircraft and spacecraft will be reviewed.

SE 262. Aerospace Structures Repair (4)

Review methods used to repair aerospace structures. Emphasis on primary load-bearing airframe structures and analysis/design of substantiate repairs. Identification of structural/corrosion distress, fatigue cracking, damage tolerance, integrity and durability of built-up members, patching, health monitoring. Use of computer resources. Prerequisites: department approval required.

SE 265. Structural Health Monitoring (4)

A modern paradigm of structural health monitoring as it applies to structural and mechanical systems is presented. Concepts in data acquisition, feature extraction, data normalization, and statistical modeling will be introduced in an integrated context. Matlab-based exercises. Term project. Prerequisites: graduate student, undergraduate vibrations or structural dynamics course.

SE 268. Structural System Testing and Model Correlation (4)

Dynamic/model testing of structures: test planning/execution, actuation, sensing, and data acquisition, signal processing, data conditioning, test troubleshooting. Methods of updating finite element structural models to correlate with dynamic test results. Model/test correlation assessment in industrial practice. Recommended preparation:  vibrations, finite element analysis, and knowledge of Matlab. Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

SE 271. Solid Mechanics for Structural and Aerospace Engineering (4)

Application of principles of solid mechanics to structural components and systems, description of stresses, strains, and deformation. Use of conservation equations and principle of minimum potential energy. Development of constitutive equations for metallic cementitious and polymeric materials. Prerequisites: SE 110A or consent of instructor.

SE 272. Theory of Elasticity (4)

Development, formulation, and application of field equations of elasticity and variational principles for structural applications in civil and aerospace area. Use of plane stress and plane strain formulation, solution of typical boundary value problems. Prerequisites: SE 271 or consent of instructor.

SE 273. Anelasticity (4)

Mechanical models of viscoelastic, plastic, and viscoplastic behavior in simple shear or uniaxial stress. Constitutive relations for three-dimensional states of stress and strain. Application to selected technological problems. Prerequisites: graduate standing and SE 271 and SE 272, or MAE 231A and MAE 231B, or consent of instructor.

SE 274. Nonlinear Finite Element Methods for Solid Mechanics (4)

Modeling of mechanical deformation processes in solids and structures by the finite element method. PDE models of deformations in solids and structures. Weak form. Weighted residual method. Material models for 3-D solids and rods, beams, shells: elasticity, plasticity, viscoplasticity. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

SE 276A. Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics I (4)

Finite element methods for linear problems in solid mechanics. Emphasis on the principle of virtual work, finite element stiffness matrices, various finite element formulations and their accuracy and the numerical implementation required to solve problems in small strain, isotropic elasticity in solid mechanics.

SE 276B. Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics (4)

Finite element methods for linear problems in structural dynamics. Beam, plate, and doubly curved shell elements are derived. Strategies for eliminating shear locking problems are introduced. Formulation and numerical solution of the equations of motion for structural dynamics are introduced and the effect of different mass matrix formulations on the solution accuracy is explored.

SE 276C. Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics III (4)

Finite element methods for problems with both material and geometrical (large deformations) nonlinearities. The total LaGrangian and the updated LaGrangian formulations are introduced. Basic solution methods for the nonlinear equations are developed and applied to problems in plasticity and hyperelasticity. Prerequisites: graduate standing and SE 276A or MAE 232A and MAE 231A or SE 271.

SE 277. Error Control in Finite Element Analysis (4)

This course will provide an overview of the latest technology for evaluating and improving the accuracy and validity of linear and nonlinear finite element models, solution verification, finite element model validation, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty analysis, and test-analysis correlation. Prerequisites: SE 232B or MAE 232B.

SE 278A. Finite Element Methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics (4)

Development and application of advanced computational techniques for fluid flow. Stabilized and variational multiscale methods for finite element and related discretizations are stressed. Applications involve advection-diffusion equations and systems, and incompressible and compressible Navier-Stokes equations. Turbulence modeling will also be covered. Prerequisites: MAE 232A or SE 276A or consent of instructor.

SE 278B. Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction (4)

Conservation laws on general moving domains. Arbitrary Lagrange-Eulerian (ALE) and space-time approaches to fluid-structure interaction are covered. Suitable discretizations, mesh motion, and discrete solution strategies are discussed. Prerequisites: SE 278A.

SE 290. Seminar in Earthquake Engineering (2)

Weekly seminar and discussion by faculty, visitors, postdoctoral research fellows and graduate students concerning research topics in earthquake engineering and related subjects. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grades only.)

SE 296. Independent Study (4)

Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

SE 298. Directed Group Study (1–4)

Directed group study on a topic or in a field not included in regular department curriculum, by special arrangement with a faculty member. Prerequisites: consent of instructor.

SE 299. Graduate Research (1–12)

(S/U grades permitted.)

SE 501. Teaching Experience (2)

Teaching experience in an appropriate SE undergraduate course under direction of the faculty member in charge of the course. Lecturing one hour per week in either a problem-solving section or regular lecture. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and the department. (S/U grades permitted.)