Structural Steel Design Faculty: Rima Taher, PhD, PE

CE 432-102 Spring 2012 University Lecturer



Undergraduate course - Lecture format 3 credits Meets once a week on Friday from 6:00 to 9:05 pm Location: Kupfrian 209.



This course covers the design of steel structures based on the latest AISC Specification of 2010 and the 14th Edition of the Manual of Steel Construction by the American Institute of Steel Construction. There are two acceptable steel design methods: Allowable Stress Design (ASD) and Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD). Both design methods will be covered but more emphasis will be placed on LRFD which is often considered as the steel design method of the future. Design procedures for structural steel elements and their use in multistory buildings, bridges and industrial facilities will be covered and illustrated using some practical design problems. Modern engineering tools of problem solving will be included in the form of computer applications using various steel design software.


  Course Objectives


1-      Teach the structural steel design methods and procedures according to the prevalent codes and standards.

2-      Apply the knowledge acquired in structural analysis and strength of materials.

3-      Apply the design methodologies using practical design examples of various structural members and a major project.

4-      Teach modern design tools and illustrate the use of structural analysis and design computer programs such as STAAD and ROBOT.


  Prerequisites/ Required Skills:


The prerequisite courses are CE 332 (Structural Analysis) and CE 260 (Civil Engineering Methods). A working knowledge of structural analysis of determinate and indeterminate beams and frames is essential. Mathematical and computer skills are expected.


  Required Text and Material:


1- Structural Steel Design, 5th Edition, by Jack C. McCormac and Stephen F. Csernak, published by Pearson, Prentice Hall 2012, ISBN-13: 978-0136079484, ISBN-10: 0136079482.


2- Manual of Steel Construction, 14th Edition by the American Institute of Steel Construction


  Grading Criteria:


Test: 20% - Tentative Date: February 17, 2012

Mid-term examination: 25% - Tentative Date: March 9, 2012

Assignments: 10% - Due dates will be announced.

Steel Design Project: 15% - Due date will be announced.

Final examination: 30% - During the final exam week, May 3 to May 9.


  Instructor/ Contact Information & Office Hours:


Office Number: Weston 521.

Office Hours:

Instructor, Rima Taher, will be available for counseling on Monday 1:15 to 2:30 pm and Tuesday from 4:00 to 4:30 pm or by appointment. Office: Weston 521.




  Course Content:





Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel as a Structural Material, Steel Sections, Modern Structural Steels, Responsibilities of the Structural Engineer, Economical Design, Light-Gage Steel



Specifications, Loads, and Methods of Design (ASD & LRFD)

3, 4

Analysis and Design of Tension Members

5, 6

Axially Loaded Compression Members, Column Formulas, Frames/ Alignment Charts. Column Base Plates

Test 1

7, 8

Beams & Beam Design: Types of Beams, Plastic Hinges, Plastic Modulus, Collapse Mechanism, Design for Moment, Shear and Deflection, Design Problems

Mid-Term Examination


Design of Steel Buildings: Computer Applications, Steel Design Project


Bolted Connections: Types of Bolts, High-Strength Bolts, Bolt Holes, Bearing-Type Connections, Slip-Critical Connections, Design of Bolted Connections


Welded Connections: Advantages of Welding, Types of Welding, Welding Inspection, Welding Symbols, Classification of Welds, Strength of Welds, Design of Welded Connections


Eccentric Connections: Bolts Subjected to Eccentric Shear, Bolts Subjected to Shear and Tension, Rivets


Composite Beams: Advantages of Composite Construction, Effective Flange Widths, Design of Composite Sections, Design of Concrete-Encased Sections


Composite Columns: Advantages and Disadvantages, Lateral Bracing, Design Strengths of Composite Columns


Cover-Plated Beams and Built-up Girders: Cover-Plated Beams, Built-up Girders, Stiffeners, Design Problems


The NJIT Honor Code will be upheld, and any violations will be brought to the immediate attention of the Dean of Students.