CE 360

CE 360
Structural Analysis I


Course Description:
CE 360 Structural Analysis I
4 (4,1,0)
(Required for a BSCE degree)
Classification of structures; loads and structural design. Geometric stability and determinacy. Analysis of statically determinate frames: Computations of reactions, axial force, shear force and bending moment diagrams. Deformation of beams, frames and trusses using virtual work method. Influence lines for beams. Analysis of statically indeterminate beams, frames and trusses using Force Method. Moment Distribution Method for beams and non-sway frames. Introduction to computer applications. 4 (4,1,0)
Prerequisite GE 201 (Statics), CE 302 (Mechanics of Materials), Prerequisite by
1.     Applying equilibrium equations to analyze engineering problems.
2.     Determining the internal forces in beams, frames and trusses.
3.     Determining the area properties of various cross sections.
4.      Recognizing stress-strain relationship – normal stresses.
Course Learning Outcomes Students completing this course successfully will be able to
  1. Determine magnitude of different types of loads in accordance to the related codes.
  2. Recognize the idealization, determinacy and stability of structures and different types of floor systems.
  3. Analyze internal forces for determinate beams and frames.
  4. Demonstrate numerical methods for displacement and slope for beams, frames and trusses.
  5. Apply influence lines for solving civil engineering problems.
  6. Analyze indeterminate structures using different methods.
  7. Use computer software to solve determinate and indeterminate structures.
Topics Covered 1.     Classification of structures; loads; structural design.
2.     Structural Idealization and different types of floor systems.
3.     Analysis of statically determinate structures
4.     Shear and moment diagrams in frames.
5.     Virtual work in trusses, beams and frames
6.     Influence lines.
7.     Analysis of statically indeterminate beams, frames and trusses using Force Method.
8.     Moment Distribution Method for beams and non-sway frames
9.     Computer applications.
Class/ tutorial  Schedule Class is held four times per week in 50-minute lecture sessions. There is also a 50-minute weekly tutorial associated with this course.
Computer Applications Commercial and educational structural software are encouraged to be used during the course.
Project A project based on conceptual structural analysis is offered to students in groups during the course, to orient the students towards the concept of structures as it act in the real life. Students are required to analyze their assigned projects within the requirements identified in the project. A written report and oral presentation is required.
Relationship of Course to Student Outcomes 1.     Students apply algebra, elementary calculus, and principles of mechanics.
2.     Students are able to identify and formulate an engineering problem and to develop a solution.
3.     Students recognize the importance of analysis in designing structural components.
4.     Students are encouraged to submit accurate analysis in an efficient and professional way.
5.     Students recognize their role with an engineering team carrying other aspects for analyzing structures, in terms of choosing the structural systems and the interaction of decisions made by various architectural and engineering teams.
6.     Students are encouraged to recognize the different structural systems and their range of applications.
7.     Students recognize the ethical and professional responsibility in achieving accurate structural analysis for safe and economical design, and its impact on the well-being of the society.
8.     Students recognize the need for technical updating on a continuing basis, since the course emphasizes on the changing nature of software, codes and specifications.
9.     Students recognize the importance of reading and understanding technical contents in English in order to achieve life–long learning and be able to carry out their responsibilities.
10.  Students recognize the important role of computers in facilitating analysis and design of structural members and systems.
11.  Students are encouraged to improve their writing, communication and presentation skills.
Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component 1.     Students learn the analysis process to be involved in designing various structural components             used in professional structural engineering.
2.     Students improve their writing, communication and presentation skills.
3.     Students recognize the role of professional societies in developing codes and standards and               updating current knowledge.
Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material 1.     Structural Analysis, by R.C. Hibbeler, Prentice-Hall (latest Edition, SI Units)
2.     The Saudi Building Code (SBC 301), “Design Loads for Buildings and Structures”

Grade Distribution

Mid-term Exams 40%
Quizzes and Tutorial Attendance 10%
Project 5%
Computer Assignment 5%
Final Exam 40%

Class Quiz:
Quizzes will be conducted from time to time in both lecture and tutorial classes. Tutorial marks will be based on quizzes, and class attendance and interaction.

Course Materials