Introduction to Structural Steel Design
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Introduction to Structural Steel Design

Learn the fundamental properties and design of Structural Steel
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Created by Adam Brittan
Last updated 9/2017
Price: $50
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of the course the student will have a solid foundation understanding of structural steel design in buildings.
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  • Any basic engineering knowledge will be an advantage, but is not necessary

Structural steel is one of the most versatile materials in the construction industry, with near endless possibilities when designed correctly.

I have created this course to provide what I believe are the most fundamental concepts in the design of steel, learnt from almost a decade's worth of design experience. 

After studying structural steel design at four different universities, it became clear that a formal education, although incredibly valuable, does not always cover the most important concepts in design. My hope is that this course helps to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world for anyone willing to take the time to learn.

This course has been specifically designed to give value to you, the student, at any level. Lifetime access means you will receive all future updates and additions free of charge.

If you are not 100% sure this course is for you, feel free to take a look around. If you are not convinced, there is a 30 day money back guarantee with no hard feelings or questions asked.

Thanks for taking the time to view this course, and I hope to see you in there!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course was designed to benefit anyone involved in the construction industry.
  • Structural engineers ranging from the novice to intermediate level.
  • Other professionals within the industry such as architects, contractors and project managers looking to increase their design knowledge.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:34

We'll start with a brief introduction, nice to meet you, and take a quick run through what to expect in this structural design course. 

Preview 01:34
Foundations of Structural Steel
2 Lectures 07:43

Lecture two will focus on the advantages of steel, why and when to use steel.

Preview 03:15

We're now on the the disadvantages of structural steel, engineers are better equipped to use this material well when they effects of residual stresses and fire resistance are understood. 

Module 1b - Disadvantages & Residual Stresses
How Steel Fails
3 Lectures 09:14

Let's learn about how structural steel fails, we can't do much engineering without knowing what we're designing against.

Module 2a - How Steel Fails

Lateral torsional buckling, it can be tricky! First we'll investigate when this failure mechanism can occur. 

Module 2b - Lateral Torsional Buckling

This lecture will take a look at tension failure, you'll be amazed at how strong structural steel really is! Yield strength and the grade of steel play a big part here. 

Module 2c - Tension Failure
Loading Conditions
2 Lectures 13:18

Today's lecture is all about loading conditions, from the ACI to Eurocode, you will see all design codes tend to be more similar than not.

Module 3a - Loading Conditions

Taking what we have learnt about the Eurocode loading conditions we will look at the permanent and imposed loads in a real life example.

Module 3b - Loading Conditions Example
Analysis Shortcuts
2 Lectures 10:46

Before we can design anything in structural steel, we need to know the moment, axial an shear forces. In this lecture we will take a look at the analysis shortcuts that will have you designing in no time.

Module 4a - Analysis Shortcuts

Taking what we have learnt we will run through an analysis shortcut to show you the quickest way to analyse simple frames. You'll be designing structural steel in no time!

Module 4b - Analysis Shortcuts Example
Lateral Restraint & Section Classification
3 Lectures 15:36

Understanding lateral restraint and effective lengths is vital in structural engineering. We'll take a quick run through the theory behind lateral restraint and then play a game of 'spot the restraint' to get you thinking.

Module 5a - Lateral Restraint

The first step in structural design is to work out a sections classification. In this lecture we'll look at how the different sections react to load as well as a shortcut to confirming the class. 

Module 5b - Section Classification

Now that we have an idea of how steel sections react to load, let's look at how steel in general acts under load. We'll look at the properties of steel, yield strength, ultimate strengths, elastic and plastic failures. 

Module 5c - Stress/Strain Relationship
Bending resistance
2 Lectures 12:00

Module 6b - Bending Resistance Example
Axial Forces
2 Lectures 10:02

Module 7b - Axial Tension
Shear Resistance
2 Lectures 06:28
Module 8a - Shear Resistance

Module 8b - Shear Resistance Example
Combined Axial and Bending Resistance
2 Lectures 08:46
Module 9a - Combined Axial & Bending

Module 9b - Reduced Moment Resistance
About the Instructor
Adam Brittan
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I am a practicing engineer in a design consultancy, fast approaching a decade's experience in structural design who is passionate about structural engineering. 

After studying at four different universities in two different countries, I have completed modules up to a masters level in steel building and concrete building design. With the educational base and hands on experience within the industry I plan on creating courses available to everyone. 

I was paying almost £2000 per subject at masters level and believe this information should be affordably available to whomever is willing to take the time to learn.