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CE 90 abc
Structural Analysics and Design
9 units (306)

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: ME 35 abc.
Structural loads; influence lines for statically determinate beams and trusses; deflection of beams; moment area and conjugate beam theorems; approximate methods of analysis of indeterminate structures; slope deflection and moment distribution techniques. Generalized stiffness and flexibility analyses of indeterminate structures. Design of selected structures in timber, steel, and reinforced concrete providing an introduction to working stress, load and resistance factor, and ultimate strength approaches. In each of the second and third terms a design project will be undertaken involving consideration of initial conception, costbenefit, and optimization aspects of a constructed facility. Not offered 201718.
CE 100
Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Units to be based upon work done

any term
Special problems or courses arranged to meet the needs of firstyear graduate students or qualified undergraduate students. Graded pass/fail.
Ae/APh/CE/ME 101 abc
Fluid Mechanics
9 units (306)

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: APh 17 or ME 11 abc, and ME 12 or equivalent, ACM 95/100 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
Fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Microscopic and macroscopic properties of liquids and gases; the continuum hypothesis; review of thermodynamics; general equations of motion; kinematics; stresses; constitutive relations; vorticity, circulation; Bernoulli's equation; potential flow; thinairfoil theory; surface gravity waves; buoyancydriven flows; rotating flows; viscous creeping flow; viscous boundary layers; introduction to stability and turbulence; quasi onedimensional compressible flow; shock waves; unsteady compressible flow; and acoustics.
Instructors:
Pullin, Coloniu
Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc
Mechanics of Structures and Solids
9 units (306)

first, second, third terms
Prerequisites: ME 12 abc.
Introduction to continuum mechanics: kinematics, balance laws, constitutive laws with an emphasis on solids. Static and dynamic stress analysis. Two and threedimensional theory of stressed elastic solids. Wave propagation. Analysis of rods, plates and shells with applications in a variety of fields. Variational theorems and approximate solutions. Elastic stability.
Instructors:
Lapusta, Ortiz, Ravichandran
CE/Ae/AM 108 ab
Computational Mechanics
9 units (351)

first, second terms
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/ME/CE 102 abc or Ae/GE/ME 160 ab, or instructor's permission.
Numerical methods and techniques for solving initial boundary value problems in continuum mechanics (from heat conduction to statics and dynamics of solids and structures). Finite difference methods, direct methods, variational methods, finite elements in small strains and at finite deformation for applications in structural mechanics and solid mechanics. Solution of the partial differential equations of heat transfer, solid and structural mechanics, and fluid mechanics. Transient and nonlinear problems. Computational aspects and development and use of finite element code. Not offered 201718.
CE/ME 112 ab
Hydraulic Engineering
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Prerequisites: ME 11 abc, ME 12 abc; ACM 95/100 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
A survey of topics in hydraulic engineering: open channel and pipe flow, subcritical/critical flow and the hydraulic jump, hydraulic structures (weirs, inlet and outlet works, dams), hydraulic machinery, hydrology, river and flood modeling, solute transport, sediment mechanics, groundwater flow. Not offered 201718.
AM/CE/ME 150 abc
Graduate Engineering Seminar
1 unit

each term
Students attend a graduate seminar each week of each term and submit a report about the attended seminars. At least four of the attended seminars each term should be from the Mechanical and Civil Engineering seminar series. Students not registered for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees must receive the instructor's permission. Graded pass/fail.
Instructor:
Staff
AM/CE 151 ab
Dynamics and Vibration
9 units (306)

first, second terms
Equilibrium concepts, conservative and dissipative systems, Lagrange's equations, differential equations of motion for discrete single and multi degreeoffreedom systems, natural frequencies and mode shapes of these systems (Eigen value problem associated with the governing equations), phase plane analysis of vibrating systems, forms of damping and energy dissipated in damped systems, response to simple force pulses, harmonic and earthquake excitation, response spectrum concepts, vibration isolation, seismic instruments, dynamics of continuous systems, Hamilton's principle, axial vibration of rods and membranes, transverse vibration of strings, beams (BernoulliEuler and Timoshenko beam theory), and plates, traveling and standing wave solutions to motion of continuous systems, Rayleigh quotient and the RayleighRitz method to approximate natural frequencies and mode shapes of discrete and continuous systems, frequency domain solutions to dynamical systems, stability criteria for dynamical systems, and introduction to nonlinear systems and random vibration theory.
Instructors:
Asimaki, Daraio
CE 160 ab
Structural and Earthquake Engineering
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Matrix structural analysis of the static and dynamic response of structural systems, Newmark time integration, NewtonRaphson iteration methodology for the response of nonlinear systems, stability of iteration schemes, static and dynamic numerical analysis of planar beam structures (topics include the development of stiffness, mass, and damping matrices, material and geometric nonlinearity effects, formulation of a nonlinear 2D beam element, uniform and nonuniform earthquake loading, soilstructure interaction, 3D beam element formulation, shear deformations, and panel zone deformations in steel frames, and large deformation analysis), seismic design and analysis of steel moment frame and braced frame systems, steel member behavior (topics include bending, buckling, torsion, warping, and lateral torsional buckling, and the effects of residual stresses), reinforced concrete member behavior (topics include bending, shear, torsion, and PMM interaction), and seismic design requirements for reinforced concrete structures. Not offered 201718.
ME/CE 163
Mechanics and Rheology of FluidInfiltrated Porous Media
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: Continuum Mechanics  Ae/Ge/ME 160 ab.
This course will focus on the physics of porous materials (e.g., geomaterials, biological tissue) and their intimate interaction with interstitial fluids (e.g., water, oil, blood). The course will be split into two parts: Part 1 will focus on the continuum mechanics (balance laws) of multiphase solids, with particular attention to fluid diffusionsolid deformation coupling. Part 2 will introduce the concept of effective stresses and state of the art rheology available in modeling the constitutive response of representative porous materials. Emphasis will be placed on poroelasticity and poroplasticity.
Instructor:
Andrade
Ae/CE 165 ab
Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures
9 units (225)

first, second terms
Prerequisites: Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 a.
Introduction and fabrication technology, elastic deformation of composites, stiffness bounds, on and offaxis elastic constants for a lamina, elastic deformation of multidirectional laminates (lamination theory, ABD matrix), effective hygrothermal properties, mechanisms of yield and failure for a laminate, strength of a single ply, failure models, splitting and delamination. Experimental methods for characterization and testing of composite materials. Design criteria, application of design methods to select a suitable laminate using composite design software, hand layup of a simple laminate and measurement of its stiffness and thermoelastic coefficients.
Instructor:
Pellegrino
CE/ME/Ge 173
Mechanics of Soils
9 units (306)

second term
Prerequisites: Continuum Mechanics  Ae/Ge/ME 160 a..
Basic principles of stiffness, deformation, effective stress and strength of soils, including sands, clays and silts. Elements of soil behavior such as stressstrainstrength behavior of clays, effects of sample disturbance, anisotropy, and strain rate; strength and compression of granular soils; consolidation theory and settlement analysis; and critical state soil mechanics. Not offered 201718.
ME/CE/Ge 174
Mechanics of Rocks
9 units (306)

third term
Prerequisites: Ae/Ge/ME 160 a..
Basic principles of deformation, strength, and stressing of rocks. Elastic behavior, plasticity, viscoelasticity, viscoplasticity, creep, damage, friction, failure mechanisms, shear localization, and interaction of deformation processes with fluids. Engineering and geological applications. Not offered 201718.
CE 180
Experimental Methods in Earthquake Engineering
9 units (153)

first term
Prerequisites: AM/CE 151 abc or equivalent.
Laboratory work involving calibration and performance of basic transducers suitable for the measurement of strong earthquake ground motion, and of structural response to such motion. Study of principal methods of dynamic tests of structures, including generation of forces and measurement of structural response. Not offered 201718.
CE 181 ab
Engineering Seismology
9 units (306)

second, third terms
Characteristics of potentially destructive earthquakes from the engineering point of view. Theory of seismometers, seismic waves in a continuum, plane waves in layered media, surface waves, basin waves, site effects, dynamic deformation of buildings, seismic sources, earthquake size scaling, earthquake hazard calculations, rupture dynamics.
Instructor:
Heaton
CE 200
Advanced Work in Civil Engineering
6 or more units as arranged

any term
A faculty mentor will oversee a student proposed, independent research or study project to meet the needs of graduate students. Graded pass/fail. The consent of a faculty mentor and a written report is required for each term.
CE 201
Advanced Topics in Civil Engineering
9 units (306)
The faculty will prepare courses on advanced topics to meet the needs of graduate students.
Ae/AM/CE/ME 214 ab
Computational Solid Mechanics
9 units (351)

first, second terms
Prerequisites: ACM 100 ab or equivalent; CE/AM/Ae 108 ab or equivalent or instructor's permission; Ae/AM/CE/ME 102 abc or Ae/Ge/ME 160 ab or instructor's permission.
Introduction to the use of numerical methods in the solution of solid mechanics and multiscale mechanics problems. First term: Variational principles. Finite element analysis. Variational problems in linear and finite kinematics. Time integration, initial boundary value problems. Elasticity and inelasticity. Constitutive modeling. Error estimation. Accuracy, stability and convergence. Iterative solution methods. Adaptive strategies. Second term: Multiscale modeling strategies. Computational homogenization in linear and finite kinematics. Spectral methods. Atomistic modeling and atomistictocontinuum coupling techniques. Not offered 201718.
Ae/CE 221
Space Structures
9 units (306)

first term
This course examines the links between form, geometric shape, and structural performance. It deals with different ways of breaking up a continuum, and how this affects global structural properties; structural concepts and preliminary design methods that are used in tension structures and deployable structures. Geometric foundations, polyhedra and tessellations, surfaces; space frames, examples of space frames, stiffness and structural efficiency of frames with different repeating units; sandwich plates; cable and membrane structures, formfinding, wrinklefree pneumatic domes, balloons, tensionstabilized struts, tensegrity domes; deployable and adaptive structures, coiled rods and their applications, flexible shells, membranes, structural mechanisms, actuators, concepts for adaptive trusses and manipulators. Not offered 201718.
CE/Ge/ME 222
Earthquake Source Processes, Debris Flows, and Soil Liquefaction: Physicsbased Modeling of Failure in Granular Media
6 units (204)

third term
A seminarstyle course focusing on granular dynamics and instabilities as they relate to geophysical hazards such as fault mechanics, debris flows, and liquefaction. The course will consist of studentled presentations of active research at Caltech and discussions of recent literature. Not offered 201718.
CE 300
Research in Civil Engineering
Hours and units by arrangement
Research in the field of civil engineering. By arrangements with members of the staff, properly qualified graduate students are directed in research.
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July 28, 2022