1.051 | Fall 2003 | Undergraduate

Structural Engineering Design


Readings in this course are assigned for the entire week, as shown below. The section numbers listed below are from the course textbook: Nilson, A. H. Design of Concrete Structures. 13th ed. McGraw Hill, 2004.

1 Lecture 1 -Introduction
Lecture 2 -Planning and Design Process
2 Lecture 3 -Materials, Loads, and Design Safety
Lecture 4 -Behavior and Properties of Concrete and Steel
Lecture 5 -Wind and Earthquake Loads

1.8, 2.1-2.9, 2.12-2.14


  • Seismic Isolation
  • Failure Case Study: John Hancock Building, Boston, MA
  • Case Study: Structural Design of World Trade Center, Manhattan, NY
  • International Building Code: Wind and Earthquake Loads
3 Recitation 1 -Wind and Earthquake Loads
Lecture 6 -Design of Reinforced Concrete Beams for Flexure
Lecture 7 -Design of Reinforced Concrete Beams for Flexure
Recitation Notes 1



  • Design Aids: Bar Areas and Spacing
  • ACI Code Provisions for Development of Tension Reinforcements


4 Lecture 8 -Design of Reinforced Concrete Beams for Shear
Lecture 9 -Guest Lecture: Project Introduction
5 Recitation 2 -Flexural Analysis and Design of Beams
Lecture 10 -Design of Reinforced Concrete Beams for Shear
Lecture 11 -Project Hour: Group Presentations on Site Visit Observation
Recitation Notes 2


  • Detailing for Ductility: Lessons from Earthquakes
  • Shrinkage, Expansion, and Plastic Dimensional Changes
6 Recitation 3 -Shear in Beams
Lecture 12 -Bond, Anchorage, and Serviceability
Lecture 13 -Bond, Anchorage, and Serviceability Project Discussions
Recitation Notes 3

5.1-5.8, 6.1-6.7

7 Lecture 14 -Reinforced Concrete Columns
Lecture 15 -Discussion of Project Tasks
1.9, 8.1-8.5
8 Lecture 16 -Exam 1 Review
Lecture 17 -Exam 1
Lecture 18 -Reinforced Concrete Columns
Recitation Notes 4
Exam Review Summary
9 Recitation 4 -Reinforced Concrete Columns and Slabs
Lecture 19 -Special Topic Lecture: Prestressed Concrete
Lecture 20 -Reinforced Concrete Slabs


  • ACI Chapter 18: Prestressed Concrete
10 Recitation 5 -Short Columns and Slab Systems
Lecture 21 -Special Lecture: Bridge Design— Beyond the Calculations
Lecture 22 -Introduction to Steel Design
Recitation Notes 5 - Part I & II

13.1-13.3, 13.4-13.8

11 Lecture 23 -Tension Members and Connections
Lecture 24 -Group Presentations

  • Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Specifications for Structural Steel Buildings
  • Failure Case Studies Involving Connections
  • Section Tables
  • Tension Members
12 Recitation 6 -Tension Members and Connections
Lecture 25 -Compression Members
Lecture 26 -Guest Lecture: Prestressed Concrete Systems
Recitation Notes 6


  • Columns Under Axial Load
13 Recitation 7 -Compression Members
Lecture 27 -Bending Members
Recitation Notes 7


  • Beams
14 Lecture 28 -Exam 2 Review
Lecture 29 -Exam 2
Lecture 30 -Structural Systems

Exam Review Summary


  • Members under Combined Forces
  • Misuse of Computers by Structural Engineers - A Clear and Present Danger
15 Lecture 31 -Final Project Presentations
Lecture 32 -Final Project Presentations

Additional References

Galambos, T. V., F. J. Lin, and B. G. Johnston. Basic Steel Design with LRFD. Prentice Hall, 1996.

Segui, W. T. LRFD Steel Design. 2nd ed. Boston: PWS Publishing.

Salmon, C. G., and J. E. Johnson. Steel Structures: Design and Behavior. 3rd ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.

MacGregor, J. G. Reinforced Concrete: Mechanics and Design. 3rd ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1997.

Nawy, E. G. Reinforced Concrete: A Fundamental Approach. 5th ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Wang C-K., and C. G. Salmon. Reinforced Concrete Design. 6th ed. New York: Addison Wesley.

Nawy, E. G. Prestressed Concrete: A Fundamental Approach. NJ: Prentice Hall, 2003.

PCI, PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, IL, 1992.

Smith, J. C. Structural Analysis. New York: Harpor and Row.

McGuire, W., R. H. Gallagher, and R. D. Ziemian. “Matrix Structural Analysis.” 2nd ed. John Wiley and Sons, 2000.

ACI, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-99) and Commentary (ACI 318R-99). American Concrete Institute, 1999.

AISC, Load and Resistance Factor Design - Manual for Steel Construction. American Institute of Steel Construction.

AISC, Load and Resistance Factor Design - Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. American Institute of Steel Construction.

ICC, International Building Code. International Code Council, Inc. 2000.

ASCE, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE 7-02. American Society of Civil Engineers, Virginia, 2002.

SAP2000 Analysis Reference and Tutorials, Computers and Structures.

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