NJIT – College of Architecture & Design
Undergraduate course - Lecture format – 3 credits – Meets 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm– Location: Weston Hall II.
This course introduces the students to the basic principles of structural analysis and design using traditional structural materials such as steel, reinforced concrete and wood. It uses a practical and simplified approach combined with computerized methods of analysis and design to teach students how to make some basic structural decisions regarding their designs. The course also outlines the principles of lateral stability in high-rise construction, and uses examples of tall buildings to illustrate these concepts. The various types of foundation systems and retaining walls are also covered. The outlined design methods and computerized applications are based on the latest codes and standards.
Students will learn how to structurally design simple structural elements such as beams and columns. They will first learn how to layout a typical floor or roof framing and use some established rules of thumb for the selection of structural members. In a second phase, students will be introduced to some analytical methods to help them prove their design decisions beyond the general rules of thumb. Some practical assignments and exercises will be used to illustrate the design process, along with a main project. The project will relate to the design of a typical steel building. The computer programs Revit 2013 and StruCalc 8.0 will be used in the project.
· Course Requirements
Students are expected to take a test, a mid-term examination and a final examination, in addition to some homework assignments and a main project.
Students are required to upload their assignment files in PDF format to Moodle by the posted due date. No late assignments will be permitted. Only uploaded files are accepted. Students are not to e-mail the homework files to the instructor. All assignments will be graded. Grades and comments will be posted on Moodle.
Tests and exams will be given in class and will generally consist of two parts: a closed-book part with questions to answer, and an open-book part with a few problems to solve. Students can use their textbook and their notes for the open-book part. The use of electronic devices will not be permitted during the tests. Only a basic scientific non-communicating calculator will be allowed. All students are expected to take the tests at the scheduled dates and times. Make-up tests will not be given without a valid reason and the related proper paperwork documentation. Attendance is mandatory. The instructor can lower the student’s grade based on the attendance record.
The computer programs used in this course are installed on the university network at the main NJIT computing facility. Students are expected to maintain their academic computing account and password in good working order throughout the summer session.
The NJIT-Honor Code will be upheld, and any violations will be brought to the immediate attention of the Dean of Students.
· Grading Criteria
Test 1: 20% - Tentative date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Mid-Term Examination: 25% - Tentative Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Assignments: 5% - Due dates to be announced and will be posted on Moodle.
Project: 20% - Due date to be announced.
Final Examination: 30% - On the last day of Summer II, Thursday, August 8, 2013.
Instructor, Rima Taher, will be available for counseling by appointment. Office number: Weston 521.
· Instructor’s E-mail Address
· Instructor’s Websites
Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders, 11th Edition, by James Ambrose and Patrick Tripeny, Wiley & Sons, 2011, ISBN # 978-0-470-43627-1
1. Structural Design – A Practical Guide for Architects, by Rod Underwood and Michele Chiuini, 2nd Edition, John Wiley $ Sons
Week 1 7/8 to 7/12
Introduction, Loads, Codes and Standards, Structural Analysis: Support Reactions, Shear and Bending Moment, Truss Analysis
Week 2 7/15 to 7/19
Selection of Loads and Load Combinations According to the IBC and ASCE -7
Introduction to Lateral Loads: Wind and Earthquake Force
Lateral Stability in High-Rise Construction, Basic Structural Systems Used in High-Rise Construction, Examples of Steel and Concrete High-Rises
Steel Structures: Structural Steels, Properties, Structural Shapes, Steel Systems and Rules of Thumb, Basic Steel Framing Plans
Test 1: July 17
Week 3 7/22 to 7/26
Steel Beam Design: Bending, Shear and Deflection
Lateral Stability of Beams, Design Examples
Mid-Term Exam: July 24
Week 4 7/29 to 8/2
Design of Open-Web Joists, Examples
Metal Decks, Steel Connections and Connection Details: Bolted Connections, Welded Connections, Flexible Connections, Rigid Connections
Project Assigned – Class Held at the PC Lab on 7/29 and 8/1
Computerized Design of a Typical Steel Building Using Revit 2013 and StruCalc 8.0
Week 5 8/5 to 8/8
Wood Structures: Wood Buildings & Design Criteria, Lumber and Lumber Grades, glulam,
Engineered Wood Products, Simplified Design of Wood Beams
Reinforced Concrete Structures, Materials for Reinforced Concrete, Main ACI-Code
Requirements, Rules of Thumb
Foundation Systems: Soil Properties and Soil Classification System, Soil Investigations, Borings and Test Pits, Soil Bearing Capacities, Spread Footings, Piles and Types of Piles, Simple Design Examples of Footings and Piles
Retaining Walls: Types (Gravity, Cantilever and Counterfort Walls), Wall Equilibrium and Safety Factors, Common Types of Wall Failures by Sliding, Overturning and Breaking
Final Exam: August 8 (Last Day of Summer II)