Direct Stiffness Method
The direct stiffness method is a matrix method of structural analysis. It is very well suited to the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. CIVL3340 lectures on the direct stiffness method are as follows.
- • L7: Direct stiffness method: introduction, problem definition, basic element stiffness.
- • L8: Direct stiffness method: truss element transformation, global stiffness matrix assembly, and system solution.
- • L9: Direct stiffness method: truss element lack-of-fit, support settlement, and MATLAB solver. Introduction to commercial structural analysis softwares.
- • L10: Direct stiffness method: Beam element formulation.
- • L11: Direct stiffness method: Frame element formulation.
- • L12: Structural symmetry and introduction to advanced structural analysis.
Notes can be downloaded here (61 pages, 9Mb):
- – [2015-08-08] v1.0 Semester 1 2015 Notes.
Finite Element Analysis
The finite element method is a numerical method for solving physical problems. It is very well suited to complex structural analysis problems. CIVL4332 lectures on the finite element method are as follows.
- • L1: Introduction to Finite Element Method.
- • L2: Continuum Mechanics: Stress and Equilibrium.
- • L3: Continuum Mechanics: Strain and Constitutive Laws.
- • L4: FEM: Formulation.
- • L5: FEM: Shape Functions.
- • L6: FEM: Isoparametric Elements.
- • FEM: Capstone Problem.
Notes can be downloaded here (60 pages, 4Mb):
- – [2015-10-11] v1.0 Semester 2 2015 Notes.