Carnegie Mellon University

Behavior of Structural Systems

Course Number: 12-638

Students will learn how structural systems work, the rationale behind building design codes, and how to design structures that can resist complicated loads like wind and earthquakes.

Topics include fundamental principles of structural design, common structural systems, methods for determining and applying loads to buildings, approximate methods of analysis, distribution of gravity and lateral loads, frames, shear walls, and structural details for steel and reinforced concrete.

The conceptual design for a building is developed through a semester-long project.

Semester(s): Spring
Units: 9
Prerequisite(s): 12-635, 12-631

Textbook(s):

Textbook information can be found at the CMU Bookstore