CEE 6434 Advanced Steel Design

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Structural steel elements possess significant ductility and steel structures often have redundancy in the load path.  As a result, there is an inherent ability to redistribute loads as localized inelasticity occurs.  The use of linear elastic structural models and design methodologies limited by the design capacity of any one member do not accurately predict the behavior of steel structures at ultimate load.  This course focuses on steel plasticity, plastic mechanism analysis, and the application of these concepts to design for strength and stability of steel structures.  Students will gain an enhanced understanding of how steel behaves on a material level and how steel structures behave when subjected to loads large enough to cause collapse.