RISD ARCH - 2154 STEEL STRUCTURES

Class meets TUES 9:40-12:40am in Lecture Room: BEB
Instructor: Erik Anders Nelson, PE, SE (401.345.8788)  Office Hours by appointment
TAs: Xuan Wang (xwang07@risd.edu) and Zi Ye (zye@risd.edu) . They will be hosting weekly help sessions every Sunday at 3pm


9/11 - Intro to Steel

Topic 1 - Intro to Steel, Review of Strength of Materials, Stress/Strain, Steel in Architecture, History

Example Problems during Class

  • Review of Stress/Strain

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


9/18 - Tension

Topic 2 - Tension, Steel as Material, ASD/LRFD, Loads, Tension, Steel Efficiency vs Economy, Cables/Clevises/etc

Example Problems during Class

  • Tension Member Design

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


9/25 - Compression

Topic 3 - Steel in Compression / Buckling, Intro to Flexure, Vaults, Geodesics, Euler Buckling, Rods Buckling, Spaghetti, Steel Plates, Spud Wrench

Example Problems during Class

  • Buckling

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


10/2 - Flexure

Topic 4 - Flexure Steel in Bending, Moment Diagrams, Form Finding, Shear, Deflection, Roof Shaping

Example Problems during Class

  • Moments and Beam Design

  • Video: Steel Span (See Video IV)

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


10/16 - Deflection

Topic 5 - Deflection, Shear and Combined Stresses

Example Problems during Class

  • Steel Joists

Readings for Next Week:


10/16 - EXAM 1

Closed Book/Computer, only bring a pen or pencil and a calculator if you have one (but not a phone, no phone calculators permitted).

I will have 45 calculators to loan during exam. They are these.


10/23 - Bolts and Shear Connections

Topic 6 - Bolts and Shear Connections

Example Problems during Class

  • Shear Connections

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


10/30 - Welds and Lateral Connections

Topic 7 - Welds and Lateral Connections, Rigging / Erection / Tolerances

Example Problems during Class

  • Moment Connections

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


11/6 - Stairs and Railings

Topic 8 -  Stairs and Railings and Other Metals

Example Problems during Class

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


11/13 - Lateral, AESS, Fire and Steel Protection

Topic 9 -  Steel Protection and Other Issues, Coatings, Fire, AESS, Temperature

Example Problems during Class

  • Exterior Wall Detailing

Readings for Next Week:

HW Due Next Week


11/20 - No Class / RISD Break


11/27 - Field Trip and Exam Review

Walk to Capo Steel and Steel Tour of Providence - wear boots.

  • HW8 Due

  • Help Sheets for Exam DRAFT


12/4 - Exam 2

Closed Book/Computer, only bring a pen or pencil (no phones or computers allowed in the classroom).

I will have 45 calculators for the exam to hand out. They are these.

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