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Graduate courses at IIT Kanpur

1. CE 620 Structural Dynamics


Course Contents:
Loading: nature of dynamic loading, harmonic, random, types of dynamic loading; Continuous
systems: rods (axial vibrations), beams (shear, axial and axial-shear-flexural vibrations); Discrete
mass systems: SDOF (free and forced vibrations), MDOF (generalized coordinates, eigenvalue
analysis, matrix and modal time history analysis); Introduction of random vibration: stochastic
processes, stochastic analysis of linear dynamical systems to Gaussian inputs, SDOF, MDOF.
2. CE 621N Engineering Mechanics
Course Contents:
Stress analysis: forces and moments, theory of stress, principal stresses and stress invariants,
compatibility equations, equilibrium equations; Strain: deformation and velocity gradients,
Lagrangian and Eulerian description and finite strain, small deformation theory, principal strains
and strain invariants, compatibility conditions; Fundamental physical principles: conservation of
mass, linear momentum, angular momentum, and energy, second law of thermodynamics;
Constitutive theory: St. Venant’s principal, linear elasticity and generalized Hook’s law, Stokesian
and Newtonian fluids, Navier-Stokes equations, Bernoulli equation, linear viscoelasticity, yield
criteria; Applications: Airy stress function, two-dimensional elastostatics problems, torsion.
3. CE 623N Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering
Course Contents:
Similitude and structural models: dimensional analysis, Buckingham's Pi theorem, scale factors
and dynamic similitude; Uses and applications of models: types of model investigation, indirect
and direct models, elastic and inelastic models (steel, concrete and masonry), size effects;
Analysis of experimental data: error and uncertainty in experiment, measurement systems,
accuracy in models and reliability of results; Test planning, design and implementation: testing
sequence and experimental plan, loading systems, devices, actuators and their control;
Instrumentation: mechanical, electrical, electronic system and their calibration, various types of
sensors for displacement, velocity, acceleration, pressure, loads, strains, full-field measurements;
Data acquisition system and data processing: analog systems, digital systems using personal
computers, dynamic measurement, numerical and graphical data processing and archiving; Lab
exercises: experiments to illustrate buckling of structural members; load-deformation behavior of
beams, columns, joints, and frames under various loads, mode shapes, natural frequency,
damping factors from free and forced vibrations, shake table tests.
4. CE 627 Advanced Design of Steel Structures
Course Contents:
Properties of steel: mechanical properties, hysteresis, ductility; Hot-Rolled Sections: compactness
and non-compactness, slenderness, residual stresses; Design of steel structures: inelastic
bending – curvature, plastic moments, design criteria - stability , strength, drift; Stability criteria:
stability of beams - local buckling of compression flange & web, lateral-torsional buckling, stability
of columns - slenderness ratio of columns, local buckling of flanges and web, bracing of column
about weak axis, method of design - allowable stress design, plastic design, load and resistance
factor design; Strength Criteria: beams – flexure, shear, torsion, columns - moment magnification
factor, effective length, P-M interaction, bi-axial bending, joint panel zones; Drift criteria: P-∆
effect, deformation-based design; Connections: types – welded, bolted, location - beam-column,
column-foundation, splices.
5. CE 601 Statistical analysis for Civil Engineering
Course Contents:
Basics of Probability, its distributions, experimental error and its characteristics, adjustment
computations, sampling theory, theory of point and interval estimation, hypotheses testing,
regression analysis, robust estimators and certain other statistical tests.
Graduate courses at UH
6. CIVE 7397 Computational Mechanics
The primary objective of this advanced course is to study additional concepts in the finite-element
analysis and the application of these concepts to advanced topics, including nonlinear finite
element formulations of problems in engineering and applied science. The course provides both
formulative and computational background necessary to solve linear and nonlinear problems of
structural mechanics, solid mechanics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics (viscous
incompressible fluids). Several finite element models will be programmed during the course.
Computer implementation of various finite element models will form an essential part of the
course. At the end of the course one would have acquired knowledge of finite element analysis of
many typical linear and nonlinear problems of engineering and applied science.
7. CIVE 6330 FRP for Structures
Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
o apply classical lamination theory to determine the constitutive relationships of laminated
composites
o analyze and design concrete beams reinforced with internal FRP flexural and shear
reinforcement,
o analyze and design external FRP strengthening systems for RC members in flexure,
shear and axial compression,
o analyze and design steel flexural members strengthened with externally bonded FRP
materials,
o interpret and critique recent advances in research related to the implementation of FRP
materials in infrastructure applications, and
o identify specific structural challenges for which implementation of FRP materials
represent an appropriate solution.
8. CIVE 7397 Plates and Shells
9. CIVE-6350 Advance Mechanics of Materials
10. CIVE 7397 Plasticity and Damage Mechanics
11. CIVE 6349 Reliability of Structures
Course Objectives and Emphasis: This graduate course offers a comprehensive review of most
commonly used structural reliability assessment methods and their applications to engineering
problems. Covered topics include formulation of the structural reliability problem, different
reliability indices, first-order and second-order reliability methods (FORM and SORM), component
and system reliability, structural reliability analysis under model and statistical uncertainties, and
simulation and uncertainty quantification methods. The main objective of the course is to expose
the students to fundamental concepts in structural reliability analysis and reinforce their
understanding through applications to real life problems. Through a final project, each student will
apply reliability methods to solve a selected engineering problem.

Graduate courses at USC


12. CE 561 Uncertainty Quantification
Methods of quantifying uncertainty in civil engineering and related fields. Basic uncertainty
modeling; advanced topics such as reliability analysis, Bayesian updating, random processes,
random fields.
13. CE529b Finite Element Analysis
Course Objective:
The course is designed to build on the concepts presented in CE 529a by introducing nonlinear
FEA analysis procedures considering geometric, material, and contact/impact nonlinearities. It is
also designed to broaden the class of physical problems that can be solved by the FEA method to
include thermal and fluid mechanics problems. Lastly, it is designed to introduce finite element
computational procedure including both direct and iterative solvers, eigenvalue techniques, and
geometric modeling, mesh generation, and model optimization approaches.