Techniques for Structural Analysis and Design

A visualization demonstrating the stress performance of a luggage container.

A finite-element stress analysis of a bolted connection in a luggage container under internal blast pressure, extracted from the class term project. (Image by Prof. Raul Radovitzky.)

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MIT Course Number

16.21

As Taught In

Spring 2005

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

This course introduces analysis techniques for complex structures and the role of material properties in structural design, failure, and longevity. Students will learn about the energy principles in structural analysis and their applications to statically-indeterminate structures and solid continua. Additionally, the course will examine matrix and finite-element methods of structured analysis including bars, beams, and two-dimensional plane stress elements. Structural materials and their properties will be considered, as will metals and composites. Other topics include modes of structural failure, criteria for yielding and fracture, crack formation and fracture mechanics, and fatigue and design for longevity. Students are expected to apply these concepts to their own structural design projects.

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Radovitzky, Raúl. 16.21 Techniques for Structural Analysis and Design, Spring 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/aeronautics-and-astronautics/16-21-techniques-for-structural-analysis-and-design-spring-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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