CME 301 Behavior and Design of Metal Structures

The course provides a solid background on the principals of steel structural design and introduces advances in steel design and construction. The course has two major parts: Part 1 – Conventional Steel Design. The main goal of the first part is that students will understand thedefinition of structural components exposed to different loads, the failure modes, potential errors in the conceptual design of steel structural components and design the basic structural elements safely and economically. Part 2 – Advances in Steel Design and Construction. The main goal of the second part is that students will learn about new steel construction methods, design adaptation and energy efficient steel construction.

CME 410 – Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures

The course provides a solid background on the principals of prestressed concrete design. The main goal of the course is that students will understand the differences of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete structures and perform the analysis and design of various prestressed concrete elements to reach the most economical design. Students will also learn how to design the prestressed concrete members damage tolerant and consider damage detection techniques in design process. Students will perform structural analysis models using SAP2000 and compare the results with hand calculations so that they will gain confidence in the software modeling of prestressed concrete structures and the hand calculations. Additionally, students will perform a design project in order to apply the principles of prestressed concrete design into a real life problem.

CME 494 - Structural Inspection using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

The goal of the course is to introduce state-of-the-art methods for inspecting structures especially bridges, pavements, dams and buildings using remote sensing. The course will provide the foundations of structural inspection using nondestructive evaluation methods that can be achieved using UAVs. The course will include lectures and laboratory sessions. ContextCapture software to create 3D models from UAV cameras and point clouds will be taught. Matlab Image Processing Toolbox will be studied to extract damage information from remote sensors. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the selection of proper NDE methods adapted to UAVs for various structural systems and defects.

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to
– Understand critical damage states in bridges and buildings after they learn about AASHTO, FHWA and FEMA specifications;
– Select the appropriate UAV and nondestructive evaluation methods for the target application after they learn about UAVs specifications, capabilities and architectures as well as the basics of nondestructive evaluation methods;
– Utilize a software to assess the information from UAVs after they master in ContextCapture software and data analytics using Matlab Image Processing Toolbox;
– Describe paths to be licensed UAV inspector after they investigate FAA rules and regulations;
– Apply UAV to address a specific infrastructure problem defined in the project at the end of the course.

CME 544– Structural Dynamics

The course includes dynamic models of discrete structures. The course covers single degree and multi degree of freedom systems, earthquake response of linear systems and numerical response analysis. The course requires intensive programming use to solve the assignments. At the end of the course, the students will be able to perform dynamic analysis of multi-degree of freedom structures under any given excitation or ground motion. Additionally, recent studies on the use of structural dynamics to detect human-structure interaction and structural damage, and the application of vibration monitoring during construction will be discussed.

CME 594– Characterizations of Materials by Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE)

The course provides a solid background on material defects caused by manufacturing processes and fundamental aging mechanisms in materials, general overview of nondestructive testing methods, detailed understanding of wave propagation based nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods (i.e., ultrasonics and acoustic emission) and magnetic methods, the implementation of nondestructive testing methods to characterize the material defects and their limitations. The course requires intensive article reading and classroom discussion. At the end of the course, the students will be able to apply wave propagation NDE methods and characterize the internal defects or microstructure condition of materials. Dr. Ozevin co-teaches this course with Dr. Indacochea.