Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 11.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Djebar BAROUDI, PhD.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV (spring)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A Student 

-  understand the basic concept of Stability and its nature, Equilibrium paths, stable, unstable.

-  understand stability of Frame structures

 - understands the warping torsion and Saint-Venant torsion of thin-walled members.

 - is able to analyze general problems of torsion.

- knows and recognizes the energy-based stability analysis and initial imperfections of the structures.

- understands the basics for modeling the stability problems mathamatically.

- is able to solve in-plane buckling of plane frames and arches.

- recognizes the torsional and lateral buckling of thin-walled members

- is able to handle problems of bucling of plates and cylidrical shells.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic concept of stability, its nature, equilibrium paths and critical points. 

Stability criteria and the nature of an equilibrium path.

Stability of Frame structures

Warping torsion of thin-walled members.

Energy-based stability analysis.

Effect of initial imperfections.

In-plane buckling of plane frames and arches.

Torsional and lateral buckling of thin-walled members with open cross-section.

Buckling of plates and cylindrical shells.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, home and reading assignments from course's textbook(s), quizes and final examination.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures: 2 double-hours per week (24)

Reading: 1 double-hours per week (12)

Theoretical exercises: 2 double-hour per week (2x12)

Theoretical home assignments: 10 hours per week (60)

Final exam and preparation: 3 + 16 hours (20)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Textbooks, lectures, student's personal notes, home assignments and additional supporting material.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course CIV-E4100 Stability of Structures can be replaced by course Rak-54.3110 Stability of Structures.

Course Rak-54.3110 Stability of Structures can be replaced by course CIV-E4100 Stability of Structures.

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Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic courses of BSc level engineering mathematic, physics, computer science.

Common studies courses CIV-E1060 Engineering Computation and Simulation, CIV-E1020 Mechanics of Beam and Frame Structures, CIV-E1050 Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings as well as CIV-E1030 Fundamentals of Structural Design.

Advanced studies course CIV-E4090 Mechanics of Plate and Shell Structures.

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