Thank you for visiting my website. I hope these notes, examples, and algorithms will boost your interest in structural analysis. The growth in computer power has created a vision among structural engineers that the detailed behaviour of structures, subjected to earthquakes and other hazards, can be simulated on the computer. The mechanics and finite elements behind such simulations are central topics on this website. Substantial uncertainty enter into the results; therefore, reliability and sensitivity analysis are devoted significant attention.
In my undergraduate course CIVL 332 Structural Analysis I cover a range of structural analysis methods, including the stiffness method. That method is the foundation for finite element analysis. I get into the details of nonlinear finite element analysis, a topic essential for earthquake engineers, in CIVL 509 Nonlinear Structural Analysis. Uncertainties, probabilities, and structural safety are topics addressed in my other graduate course, CIVL 518 Reliability and Structural Safety. Sensitivity analysis is important in both graduate courses, calibrating our confidence in the results.
Vancouver, February 6, 2024
Professor Terje Haukaas