Analysing Hybrid Indeterminate Civil Engineering Structures



In this course well apply the Principle of Virtual Work and the Principle of Superposition to analyse complex indeterminate civil engineering structures. Engineering students typically start learning structural analysis by focusing on simple trusses, then beams and frames. In reality many civil engineering structures are complex hybrids of both axially loaded (truss) and bending (beam and frame) elements. Realistic civil engineering structures are also very often statically indeterminate, meaning direct application of simple statics alone wont unlock their behaviour. In this course it is these complex, indeterminate structures that well focus on analysing. Well start by developing a solution strategy. Youll develop a sound understanding of this strategy as we develop everything from simple first principles, namely, Virtual Work and Superposition. The second half of the course focuses on implementation – you will work your way through a number of challenge questions, with my worked solutions as your back-up if you get stuck. By the end of this course you’ll be confidently analysing structures that leave most other students scratching their heads in confusion.As a senior university lecturer in structural engineering, I have a lot of experience guiding students through these topics. Each video lecture is structured and delivered to ensure you get the most out of your time investment. If you take this course, dont expect to sit back and let the videos wash over you – youll need to actively work your way through the course, constantly comparing your developing understanding with what you learn in each lecture. Youre strongly encouraged to develop your own notes as we move through the coursewell be avoiding death by PowerPoint at all costs. The mode of presentation is predominantly through hand-drawn notes and sketches; a method universally favoured by every engineering student Ive ever had!