ARH 320 Structures: Wood & Steel

ARH 320 Structures: Wood & Steel

This course introduces students to the structural analysis and design of prevalent local building materials: wood and steel. The properties and nature of failure for each of these materials will be considered individually. Students will learn the unique responses of these different systems to gravity and lateral loads.

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Course Learning Outcome

As a result of successfully completing this course, students…

  • Will be able to:

    • Identify and name the main structural elements in wood and steel buildings
    • Calculate, using straight forward methods and approximations, the forces on a wood or steel building
    • Distribute, using straight forward methods and approximations, building forces to structural members.
    • Design the typical structural members in a wood or steel building, supporting floors.
    • Design columns in a wood or steel building based on axial strength considerations.
    • Select and design the most appropriate footings for a wood or steel building.
    • Analyze and discuss of the basic principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces and the evolution, range, and appropriate application of contemporary structural systems.