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DegreeTutors courses are structured into Learning Pathways that let you build knowledge and skills as you progress. Work through a learning pathway that takes you from fundamental static analysis all the way to building your own structural analysis algorithms in Python.

I’ve built all DegreeTutors courses around worked examples and ‘Test Yourself’ questions. So you can ‘learn by doing’ rather than passively letting video after video wash over you! My courses emphasise the things I know most people new to a topic struggle with!

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I’ll be on hand to answer your questions and help guide you towards your end goal! When studying a new topic, sometimes all it takes is a quick discussion to get past a mental barrier before everything starts to click. As a member, that discussion is just a few clicks away.

The course library is growing all the time. I’m always keen to hear from members about what courses they want to see next. Take a look at the current course library below or browse the complete lecture index here.

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Dr Seán Carroll CEng

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Lead Tutor for DegreeTutors.com

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Finite Element Analysis & Python

The Direct Stiffness Method for Truss Analysis with Python

Build your own finite element truss analysis software using Python and tackle large scale structures.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You’ll understand how to use the Direct Stiffness Method to build complete structural models that can be solved using Python.
  • You’ll have your own analysis programme to identify displacements, reactions and internal member forces for any truss.
  • You’ll understand how common models of elastic behaviour such as plane stress and plane strain apply to real-world structures.

Beam & Frame Analysis using the Direct Stiffness Method in Python

Build a sophisticated structural analysis software tool that models beams and frames using Python.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You’ll understand how to model beam elements that resist axial force, shear forces and bending moments within the Direct Stiffness Method.
  • You’ll have your own analysis software that can generate shear force diagrams, bending moment diagrams, deflected shapes and more.
  • You’ll understand how to model rotational pins within your structures, inter-nodal distributed loading and realistic flexible supports.

3D Space Frame Analysis using Python and Blender

Develop tools to model and analyse complex 3D space frame structures using Python.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You’ll understand how to apply the Direct Stiffness Method to solve 3D space frame structures.
  • You’ll have your own analysis programme to identify displacements, reactions and internal member forces for any 3D space frame.
  • You’ll be able to use Blender, a powerful open source 3D modelling software to build, visualise and export your structural models.

Finite Element Analysis of 3D Structures using Python

Build your own complete 3D structural analysis software in Python using the Direct Stiffness Method

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$79

After completing this course…

  • You’ll understand how to expand the direct stiffness method to full 12 degree of freedom beam elements in 3D space.
  • You’ll have developed a complete 3D finite element analysis solver to simulate structures consisting of beam and axially loaded bar elements.
  • You’ll have the skills to efficiently build detailed structural models in Blender and export these for analysis in your own Python solver.

Finite Element Analysis of 3D Structures using Python

Use the Isoparametric Finite Element Method to build an analysis tool for 2D structures in Python.

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After completing this course…

  • You will have the tools to analyse continuum structures using your own Isoparameteric Finite element Python code, developed from the ground up.
  • You will understand how the plane stress and plane strain approximations allow us to analyse 3D structures accurately with 2D planar models.
  • You will be able to use open source tools to generate structural models and mesh data that can be analysed with your FE code.

COMING SOON

Structural Dynamics & Python

Fundamentals of Engineering Structural Dynamics with Python

Leverage fundamental structural dynamics to build your own flexible numerical solutions in Python.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You’ll understand how to model dynamic behaviour using spring-mass-damper models and how to simulate free vibration behaviour.
  • You’ll be able to model the influence of harmonic loading and how to characterise the transient and steady-state responses.
  • You’ll be able to use Python to implement the Piecewise Exact Method to model any form of general dynamic loading.

Virtual Work

Fundamentals of Virtual Work for Civil Engineers

Level up your structural analysis skillset with these powerful Civil Engineering analysis techniques.

$49

After completing this course…

  • You will have a complete understanding of how concepts such as work, energy and elasticity combine to give us the Principle of Virtual Work.
  • You will be able to use Virtual Work to calculate unknown nodal displacements in pin-jointed truss structures.
  • You will be able to use Virtual Work to calculate internal forces in pin-jointed truss structures.

Mastering Virtual Work for Civil Engineering

Analyse complex beam and frame civil engineering structures using Virtual Work.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You will have a complete understanding of the Principle of Virtual Work and how it can be applied to bending behaviour.
  • You will have robust, repeatable strategies to apply Virtual Work to beam and frame structures in bending.
  • You will be able to use Virtual Work techniques to calculate unknown displacements in beams and frames.

Analysing Hybrid Indeterminate Civil Engineering Structures

Powerful techniques for analysing realistic civil engineering structures.

$49

After completing this course…

  • You will learn how to analysis complex and indeterminate structures using hand-analysis techniques.
  • You will learn how to calculate deflections, member forces and bending moments in indeterminate structures.
  • You will learn how the Principle of Superposition can be used to decipher and unlock the behaviour of complex structures.

Shear and Moment Diagrams

Mastering Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams

Your complete roadmap to mastering these essential structural analysis skills.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You will be fully competent in drawing shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate beams and frames.
  • You will have a robust system of analysis that allows you to confidently tackle the analysis of any statically determinate structure.
  • You will understand the relationship between external loading and the shear forces and bending moments they induce.

Shear Forces & Bending Moments: Analysis Bootcamp

Sharpen your civil engineering analysis skills with  questions designed to test your understanding.

Shear Forces and Bending Moments Analysis Bootcamp | DegreeTutors.com

$49

After completing this course…

  • You will have a reliable procedure for correctly determining shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate structures.
  • You will be comfortable analysing both 1-dimensional beam and 2-dimensional frame structures.
  • You will be able to utilise pre-existing pin-joints in structures to facilitate your analysis.

Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method

Unlock indeterminate structures using the moment distribution structural analysis method.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You will have a deep understanding of how structures respond to loading.
  • You will clearly understand the methods used to analyse statically indeterminate beams and frames.
  • You will be able to analyse both non-sway and sway frames – essential when designing real world structures.

Moment Distribution Method: Analysis Bootcamp

Step up your structural analysis skills by working your way through these indeterminate structures.

Moment Distribution Method Analysis Bootcamp | DegreeTutors.com

$49

After completing this course…

  • You will have an even deeper understanding of how structures respond to loading.
  • You will be comfortable determining shear force, bending moment and deflected shape diagrams.
  • You will be able to analyse both non-sway and sway frames – essential when designing real world structures.

Fundamental Statics and Stress Analysis

Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Get to grips with civil engineering structural analysis once and for all.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You will understand key concepts such as the moment of a force, static equilibrium and determinacy.
  • You will be able to determine the support reactions for structures subject to a range of loading conditions.
  • You will learn to use the Joint Resolution Method and Method of Sections to analyse pin-jointed truss structures.

Fundamentals of 2D Stress Analysis and Mohr’s Circle

Perform 2D stress analysis and use Mohr’s Circle to visualise the complete stress field.

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$49

After completing this course…

  • You will understand the concepts of plane stress, the 2D stress field and how to use transformation equations to explore the state of stress at a point.
  • You will be able to determine principal planes, principal stresses and maximum positive an negative shear stresses.
  • You will be able use Mohr’s Circle of Stress to visualise the complete stress field at a point using Python and hand sketches.

Your Tutor

Hi, I’m Seán, the founder and lead tutor at DegreeTutors.com. I’m also a senior lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Exeter, a leading UK university. I’m a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. DegreeTutors is designed to support students and construction industry professionals in enhancing their engineering analysis and design capabilities.

Whether you want to sharpen up on the basics of constructing shear and moment diagrams or want to better understand how to analyse complex indeterminate structures (with or without a computer),  by taking courses with me on DegreeTutors you’ll build the knowledge and skills you need.

DegreeTutors courses are designed to help you develop the intuition for structural behaviour that all good engineers need. 

Dr Seán Carroll
B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc, Ph.D, CEng MIEI, FHEA


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Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method

G Pagoulatos

5/5

This is one of the most comprehensive courses I have taken. There are many very helpful courses on Youtube as well as post secondary sources which I have found helpful.

However most-if not all – they lack the art of packaging the “made for dummies” approach with the complexity and full technical weight of a course such as “Analysis of Indeterminate Structures and the MDM”. Sean’s ability to take something very complex and make it simple is unique. His use of sketches, CLEAR manner of speaking, REPETITION and logical development of a course is extraordinary.
I look forward to take more of his courses

February 2020

Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method

O P Ogbonna

5/5

The pace at which the lecture is delivered makes it suitable for both students and professionals alike.

April 2020

Fundamentals of Engineering Structural Dynamics with Python

S M Sarvade

5/5

Excellent course for all the professionals to understand the fundamentals before using the sophisticated Structural Analysis tools. As always, Dr Sean is exceptional at clearing the doubts, well before even you have them.

July 2020

Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

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Above expectations, Instructor is amazing and knows the subject matter.

June 2020

The Direct Stiffness Method for Truss Analysis with Python

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Dr Sean is an expert on this topic. I’am really so sorry that i have noticed his courses so late! I am civil engineer and master degree student in Computational Mechanics in Germany . And I can really say i would be very happy if i could become his Phd student. 🙂 I’am glad to take this course. Feel free to buy this course because its really worth it.
I hope Dr Sean accept Phd student i would be glad if i become his phd student.

September 2020

Mastering Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams

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Great course. Well worth the effort in completing it. Explained very well, easy to follow and I understand a lot more about the basics than I did in university.

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Mastering Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams

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Sean’s courses are amazingly detailed and he makes a lot of effort to go out of his way to ensure all questions and confusion are addressed thoroughly. Will definitely be buying his other courses!

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Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

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I must admit that the first example in the end regarding resultant forces had taken me aback, but in the last example I understood everything and I now feel much more confident in the subject. Really well explained and smoothly laid out, and I don’t feel like I wasted my time but actually filled out a gap I was about to have coming into my first year at Uni.

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The Direct Stiffness Method for Truss Analysis with Python

Build your own finite element truss analysis software using Python and tackle large scale structures

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The aim of this course is to equip you with the tools and knowledge to build your own truss analysis software using the Direct Stiffness Method. In this course you’ll develop a truss solver that can determine axial forces and deflected shapes for pin-jointed truss structures.

Understanding structural analysis theory and hand-analysis techniques is an essential requirement of any competent engineer. It informs our intuition of structural behaviour and provides a foundation from which we can analyse complex structures.

However, most large structural analyses leverage the speed of structural analysis software. And modern structural analysis software is dominated by matrix analysis methods like the direct stiffness method. In this course you’ll implement these techniques to build your own version of a structural analysis software.

You DO NOT need to be a Python programming guru to take this course. If you’ve taken any of the prerequisite courses – or even if you’re just familiar with basic programming ideas like functions, loops and variables that will be plenty to get you started. 👍

Beam & Frame Analysis using the Direct Stiffness Method in Python

Build a sophisticated structural analysis software tool that models beams and frames using Python.

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In this course we’ll be focusing on building a beam and frame analysis programme in Python using the Direct Stiffness Method. Once you’ve completed this course you’ll have developed from scratch, your own structural analysis software tool that can generate bending moment diagrams, shear force diagrams, and defections for beam and frame structures.

Engineers today typically rely pretty heavily on structural analysis software. While understanding hand analysis techniques forms the foundation of our understanding of structural behaviour, once things scale up on real world engineering projects, finite element analysis software becomes incredibly useful. If you’re wielding these sophisticated tools, as a student or practicing engineer, it makes sense to have a good understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes.

This course follows on from our course on truss analysis using the direct stiffness method with Python. If you’ve completed that course, then this course is the natural next step. We’ll take our fundamental understanding of the direct stiffness method and supercharge it by expanding to consider beam elements resisting bending and shear. The code we develop in this course, will be able to handle, pinned members, inter-nodal loading and even flexible supports.

You DO NOT need to be a Python programming guru to take this course. If you’ve taken any of the prerequisite courses – or even if you’re just familiar with basic programming ideas like functions, loops and variables that will be plenty to get you started. 👍 

3D Space Frame Analysis using Python and Blender

Imagine, build and analyse 3D space frames using the Direct Stiffness Method in Python

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In this DegreeTutors course, we leave the two-dimensional world and expand our horizons into the world of three-dimensional structural analysis! After completing this course, you’ll be able to turn a structure from your imagination, into a 3D model that you can analyse using the Direct Stiffness Method, implemented in Python.

We’re going to build on what we learned in our study of The Direct Stiffness Method for Truss Analysis with Python. We’ll expand the code developed in that course to accommodate 3D space frame structures.

You’ll see that expansion of the Direct Stiffness Method from 2D to 3D is readily achieved with some logical alterations to our code. You should only take this course after first completing the prerequisite course. This will give you the foundation you need to get the most from this course.

Once our analysis code is complete, we’ll turn our attention towards how best to generate the geometric data that defines our structure. For this we’ll turn to a powerful open-source 3D modelling tool called Blender . By harnessing some simple 3D modelling tools, we open the door to analysing the behaviour of any structure. We are limited only by our imagination! With its powerful 3D modelling tools and Python API, Blender is an excellent fit for our structural analysis workflow.

You DO NOT need to be a Python programming guru to take this course. If you’ve taken any of the prerequisite courses – or even if you’re just familiar with basic programming ideas like functions, loops and variables that will be plenty to get you started. 👍 

Finite Element Analysis of 3D Structures using Python

Build your own complete 3D structural analysis software in Python using the Direct Stiffness Method

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In this course we’re going to dive deep into the world of 3D structural analysis by building a 3D structural analysis programme using Python. After completing this course you’ll have built your own 3D finite element solver and have a workflow you can use to model and analyse complex 3D structures that would otherwise require expensive commercial software packages.

Building on a family of Python-based structural analysis courses, this course will take your level of ability and self-reliance in structural analysis to yet another level by expanding to consider full 3-dimensional beam bending. In this 13.5 hour video course, we go beyond axially loaded 3D space frame structures covered previously, to build out a feature rich, general 3D solver that can simulate:

  • Interaction between 6 degree of freedom axially loaded bar elements and 12 degree of freedom beam elements.
  • Localised rotational releases in the form of pins.
  • Structural response to both point and distributed loading.
You DO NOT need to be a Python programming guru to take this course. If you’ve taken any of the prerequisite courses – or even if you’re just familiar with basic programming ideas like functions, loops and variables that will be plenty to get you started. 👍 

Fundamentals of Engineering Structural Dynamics with Python

Leverage fundamental structural dynamics to build your own flexible numerical solutions in Python

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This course has two simple objectives:

  • To help you build a solid understanding of the core concepts in structural dynamics
  • To equip you with some practical tools you can deploy to analyse real world dynamic structural behaviour

Structural dynamics is a topic that often intimidates students and practising engineers. This can be a big problem because not having a good grounding in dynamics, means you can’t confidently simulate, understand and ultimately design for dynamic behaviour. From bridges, to skyscrapers, as engineers, we need to be confident modelling the impact of dynamic loads on our structures. If you’ve tended to shy away from dynamics or found it confusing and intimidating, this course is for you.

The course is divided into 4 sections

  1. A discussion of static versus dynamic behaviour
  2. Analysis of free vibration of single degree of freedom systems
  3. Harmonic excitation of single degree of freedom systems
  4. Simulation of dynamic response to general dynamic loading using the Piecewise exact numerical solution technique (the best part of the course!)

We’ll make use of Python throughout the course, but more so towards the second half. This is a hands on, learn by doing course – so there are no dry Python-only lectures, if you’re not familiar with Python – no problem, you’re going to learn what you need as we go…the same way most people learn to programme! This isn’t a ‘Learn Python’ course but you will learn the Python you need, along the way.

Fundamentals of Virtual Work for Civil Engineers

Enhance your structural analysis skillset with these powerful engineering analysis techniques

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In this course you’ll be introduced to an immensely powerful method of civil engineering analysis. A fundamental requirement of any civil engineer is an ability to estimate how a structure will deform and behave under load. The Principle of Virtual Work is an elegant and efficient tool that gives us that ability. Being able to look at a structure and estimate the magnitude of its deflection is a key milestone in the development of any engineering student – the aim for this course is to help you hit that milestone!

If you take this course, don’t expect to sit back and let the videos wash over you – you’ll need to actively work your way through the course, constantly comparing your developing understanding with what you learn in each lecture.

You’re strongly encouraged to develop your own notes as we move through the course…we’ll be avoiding ‘death by PowerPoint’ at all costs. The mode of presentation is predominantly through hand-drawn notes and sketches; a method universally favoured by every engineering student I’ve ever had!

Mastering Virtual Work for Engineers

Analyse complex beam and frame structures using Virtual Work

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In this course you will develop analysis strategies that allow you to apply the Principle of Virtual Work to beam and frame structures. In order to fully leverage this powerful engineering principle, you need to be able to apply it to structures that experience bending. That’s the focus of this course.

As an engineer, a fundamental skill is being able to estimate how a structure will deflect and by how much! The Principle of Virtual work allows us to develop extremely efficient analysis techniques to accomplish this task using only hand calculation. By the end of this course you will be confident in calculating unknown deflections for the majority of civil engineering structures you’re likely to face. More importantly you’ll understand exactly how and why this techniques works; no black-box equations!

Each video lecture is structured and delivered to ensure you get the most out of your time investment. If you take this course, don’t expect to sit back and let the videos wash over you – you’ll need to actively work your way through the course, constantly comparing your developing understanding with what you learn in each lecture.

You’re strongly encouraged to develop your own notes as we move through the course…we’ll be avoiding ‘death by PowerPoint’ at all costs. The mode of presentation is predominantly through hand-drawn notes and sketches; a method universally favoured by every engineering student I’ve ever had!

Analysing Hybrid Indeterminate Civil Engineering Structures

Powerful techniques for analysing realistic civil engineering structures.

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In this course we’ll apply the Principle of Virtual Work and the Principle of Superposition to analyse complex indeterminate civil engineering structures. Engineering students typically start learning structural analysis by focusing on simple trusses, then beams and frames.

In reality many civil engineering structures are complex hybrids of both axially loaded (truss) and bending (beam and frame) elements. Realistic civil engineering structures are also very often statically indeterminate, meaning direct application of simple statics alone won’t unlock their behaviour.

In this course it is these complex, indeterminate structures that we’ll focus on analysing. We’ll start by developing a solution strategy. You’ll develop a sound understanding of this strategy as we develop everything from simple first principles, namely, Virtual Work and Superposition.

The second half of the course focuses on implementation – you will work your way through a number of challenge questions, with my worked solutions as your back-up if you get stuck. By the end of this course you’ll be confidently analysing structures that leave most other students scratching their heads in confusion.

Mastering Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams

Your complete roadmap to mastering these essential structural analysis skills

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This course is focused on helping you build the critical skill of sketching shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate beam and frame structures. Despite being both a critical and fundamental skill, this causes many engineering students huge headaches to try and master. In this course you’ll develop repeatable and reliable strategies to complete these tasks.

After completing this course…

  • You will be fully competent in drawing shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate beams and frames.
  • You will understand the relationship between external loading and the shear forces and bending moments they induce.
  • You will understand the link between internal stresses and their shear force and bending moment resultants.
  • You will have a robust system of analysis that allows you to confidently tackle the analysis of any statically determinate structure.

You’re encouraged to engage with each lecture by actively developing their own notes during each video lecture…no ‘death by PowerPoint’ here! We’ll focus on pinning down the basics before diving into worked examples. If you follow all lectures and attempt all of the worked examples, by the end of the course you will have an excellent grasp of this essential civil engineering skill! 

Shear Forces and Bending Moments: Analysis Bootcamp

Sharpen your structural analysis skills with challenge questions designed to test your understanding

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After completing the parent course, Mastering Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams, what better way to confirm you truly have mastered the techniques, than testing yourself against 10 fresh challenge questions?

Honing your structural analysis skills requires practice. There is no shortcut for sitting down and implementing your solution strategies on unfamiliar questions. Finding challenging questions complete with detailed solutions can be difficult. In fact, one of the most frequent requests I receive from my civil engineering students is for more worked examples.

In this course, I have developed 10 questions with detailed solutions explaining the thought process and logic behind their solution. In each solution video I explain in detail how I’ve used the techniques you’ve been taught previously to construct the shear force and bending moment diagrams. I have developed this question set to cover all of the common and not so common statically determinate structure types. We will address, beams, frames, structures with internal pin-joints and inclines members, all things you’re likely to come across as a civil or structural engineer.

Completing this Shear Forces and Bending Moments Analysis Bootcamp is a great way to wrap up your study of shear forces and bending moments, leaving you well placed to move on and tackle more advanced analysis techniques.

Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method

Unlock indeterminate structures using the moment distribution structural analysis method

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Go Beyond Simple Statically Determinate Structures

Almost all real world civil engineering structures of any significance are indeterminate meaning we can’t simply rely on the trusty equations of static equilibrium. The moment distribution method is one of the most intuitive ways to analyse these structures.

After completing this course you will be well equipped to determine the shear force diagrambending moment diagram and qualitative deflected shape for any statically determinate or indeterminate structure you’re likely to encounter as a civil engineer. 

Having a fast hand-analysis method for indeterminate structures is invaluable for any good engineer! The analysis of indeterminate structures is all too often left to the computer in civil engineering these days. But as an engineer, if you can’t approximate by hand what the computer is telling – you’re on thin ice! By the end of this course you’ll have given yourself an invaluable skill – the ability to make sensible judgements on a computer analyses! 

Moment Distribution Method: Analysis Bootcamp

Step up your structural analysis skills by working your way through these indeterminate structures

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This course is the ideal bolt-on to my main course on the moment distribution method, ‘Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method’. The best way to sharpen the skills developed in that course is through practice – that’s where this course comes in!

The key to embedding any new structural analysis technique is implementing your solution strategies on unfamiliar structures. One of the most frequent requests I receive from my civil engineering students is for more worked examples.  In this course – we’ll put the skills you’ve already learned into practice on 5 challenge questions. The questions are designed to sharpen your understanding of the moment distribution method.

The focus is on 2-dimensional structural frames. We’ll cover both sway and non-sway frames – the emphasis is on analysing structures you’re likely to come across as a civil or structural engineer. While I won’t delve too deep into the derivation of solution methodologies (to avoid repetition), I will still explain the logic behind each step taken in the solution process.

The course is developed around the concept of problem based learning. To get the most out of the course you should attempt a question and iterate on your solution until you converge on the correct one. This way you learn by working your way through each problem – hence the name problem based learning. Only at the end should you watch the accompanying video to check the reasoning behind your solution.

Completing this Moment Distribution Method Analysis Bootcamp course is a great way to wrap up your study of indeterminate structures, leaving you well placed to analyse the types of structures seen in everyday life as a civil or structural engineer.

Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Get to grips with civil engineering structural analysis once and for all

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This course covers fundamental concepts and methods in static structural analysis. Starting with the very basics, we consider forces, moments and how to use the principle of static equilibrium. We then move on to look at pin-jointed structures or trusses; what are they and how do we analyse them? We’ll cover the joint resolution method and method of sections in detail. Worked examples are used extensively to demonstrate the practical application of theory.

Based on my experience teaching engineering undergraduates, the course focuses on those areas students find particularly tricky when starting out. The link between theory and practice is reinforced using my experience as a structural design engineer. 

The emphasis is on worked examples with students encouraged to try questions before the detailed solution is presented. The teaching philosophy is ‘learn by doing!’.

This course is suitable for engineering students who find their structures lectures confusing and feel a little lost when it comes to structural analysis. Students wishing to get a head start before starting their degree programme or more advanced engineering students who need a refresher would also benefit from taking this course.