16.21 Techniques for Structural Analysis and Design

Spring 2005

Stress analysis.

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.)

Course Highlights

This course features a wealth of resources, including practice exams, problem sets with solutions, and extensive lecture notes with supporting materials.

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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .nb.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Raul Radovitzky

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session




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