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Introduction

A Master of Science degree in structures will teach you how to analyze and design structures. You will understand the Cartesian tensor notation, you will know the finite element method, and you will know how the tallest buildings in the world are created. You can learn about earthquake engineering, and design structures that withstand earthquakes.

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Courses

ENCE610 Fundamentals of Structural Analysis (3 credits)

Cartesian tensor notation. Linear forms of the general equilibrium, compatibility, and constitutive equations. The calculus of variations. The principles of virtual work and complementary virtual work. Self-adjoint problem formulations.

ENCE611 Finite Element Methods (3 credits)

Basic principles and fundamental concepts of the finite element method. Consideration of geometric and material nonlinearities, convergence, mesh gradation and computational procedures in analysis. Applications to plane stress and plane strain, plates and shells, eigenvalue problems, axisymmetric stress analysis, and other problems in civil engineering.

ENCE613 Structural Dynamics (3 credits)

Analysis of the dynamic response of structures and structural components subjected to impact load, transient load, and ground excitations; study of single degree-of-freedom and multi degree-of-freedom systems in classical closed form solution and approximate numerical solution; solution in the frequency domain and the use of finite element method.

ENCE620 Risk Analysis for Engineering (3 credits)

Sources of hazards, definition of risk, system analysis, functional modeling and analysis techniques, probabilistic risk assessment procedure, risk methods, risk acceptance, assessment of failure likelihood, consequence assessment, risk benefit assessment, uncertainty surces and types, modeling uncertainty, risk analysis and decision making under uncertainty, collection of data, expert-opinion elicitation, human-machine interface and human factors engineering.

ENCE621 Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis (3 credits)

Definition of engineering systems, knowledge levels using information science concepts as applied to engineering systems, sources and types of knowledge and ignorance, uncertainty sources and types for engineering systems, probability models, statistical models, fuzziness, fuzzy sets, fuzzy logic, fuzzy arithmetic, imprecise probabilities, evidence methods, uncertainty measures, uncertainty management, uncertainty reduction, applications of these analytical methods to engineering systems and in decision making.

ENCE710 Steel Structures I (3 credits)

Moment connections of beams and columns. Wind bracing connections. Plate girders. Floor systems for buildings. Strengthening of beams and trusses. Corrosion control. Fatigue and fracture.

ENCE713 Concrete Structures I (3 credits)

The behavior and strength of reinforced concrete members under combined loadings, including the effects of creep, shrinkage and temperature. Mechanisms of shear resistance and design procedures for bond, shear and diagonal tension. Elastic and ultimate strength analysis and design of slabs. Columns in multistory frames. Applications to reinforced concrete structures

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