Title

Learning Tools for Structural Analysis: Laboratory Modeling

Presenter Information

Kyle Holman

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Architectural/Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Myers, John
Sneed, Lesley

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program; Missouri S&T NSF

Abstract

The objective of this research project is to develop a set of laboratory exercises for the Structural Analysis (ArchE 217/ CE 217) course taught at Missouri S&T. Labs will be designed in order to further understanding in the areas of influence lines, superposition, and indeterminate structures. Influence lines help to determine the variation in shear, moment, or deflection at a point along a member due to moving concentrated loads. In order to convey this concept effectively, specifications for a scaled simply-supported structure will be designed along with a mechanical system to control the movement of the load. Data will be taken during testing using structural data collection software. A computer-based analysis program will be developed to accurately determine beam geometry and analyze the collected data. The principal of superposition allows complex loadings to be broken down to individual components to simplify calculations. Specifically, beam deflections will be analyzed. For this lab, beam specifications will be designed along with a computer based analysis program to show that the sum of the individual loadings has the same effect as the combined loading. An indeterminate structure is one that has more reaction forces than equilibrium equations available for analysis. To make the analysis of these beams easier, a lab using RISA-2D, a structural analysis program, will be designed. The beam and loadings for this lab will be designed in order to produce proper results. This research project will have an immediate and direct impact on campus. Over 100 students per semester take ArchE 217/CE 217, and an improved laboratory experience will further knowledge and understanding of the subject material.

Biography

Kyle Holman is a senior in the Architectural Department and will graduate in May of 2010. He is planning to pursue his master’s degree in Structural Engineering. His past times include lifting weights, going to Bible studies, and hanging out with friends.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

07 Apr 2010, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Jordan Tripp

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Learning Tools for Structural Analysis: Laboratory Modeling

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The objective of this research project is to develop a set of laboratory exercises for the Structural Analysis (ArchE 217/ CE 217) course taught at Missouri S&T. Labs will be designed in order to further understanding in the areas of influence lines, superposition, and indeterminate structures. Influence lines help to determine the variation in shear, moment, or deflection at a point along a member due to moving concentrated loads. In order to convey this concept effectively, specifications for a scaled simply-supported structure will be designed along with a mechanical system to control the movement of the load. Data will be taken during testing using structural data collection software. A computer-based analysis program will be developed to accurately determine beam geometry and analyze the collected data. The principal of superposition allows complex loadings to be broken down to individual components to simplify calculations. Specifically, beam deflections will be analyzed. For this lab, beam specifications will be designed along with a computer based analysis program to show that the sum of the individual loadings has the same effect as the combined loading. An indeterminate structure is one that has more reaction forces than equilibrium equations available for analysis. To make the analysis of these beams easier, a lab using RISA-2D, a structural analysis program, will be designed. The beam and loadings for this lab will be designed in order to produce proper results. This research project will have an immediate and direct impact on campus. Over 100 students per semester take ArchE 217/CE 217, and an improved laboratory experience will further knowledge and understanding of the subject material.