Princeton University is currently offering online course on Art of Structural Engineering. This 9-weeks course will emphasize on learning about bridge design and discover how structural engineering is a creative discipline and art form.
The overall objective of this course is to learn how to analyze bridges from three perspectives: Efficiency (calculations of forces/stresses), Economy (evaluation of societal context and cost) and Elegance (form/appearance based on engineering principles, not decoration). This MOOC starts on January 1, 2016.
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Course At A Glance
Length: 9 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours/week
Subject: Structural Engineering
Institution: Princeton University and edX
Session: Starts on January 1, 2016
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About This Course
With a focus on some significant bridges built since the industrial revolution, the course illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become art. We also show the influence of the economic and social context in bridge design and the interplay between forces and form.
This is the first of three courses on the Art of Structural Engineering, each of which are independent of each other. The two other courses will be on tall buildings/towers and vaults.
No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials will be awarded in connection with this course.
Why Take This Course?
This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants will learn about bridge design
After completing this course you will have knowledge of:
-How to solve for the efficiency of structures using the appropriate formulas
-How to evaluate a structure within the measures of structural art
-How economic, social and culture influences structural design
-How to analyze bridge forms: suspension, beams, pre-stressed, arch, cable-stayed, tied-arch
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Week 1: Introduction to Structural Art
Week 2: The Origins of Structural Art: British Metal Forms
Week 3: John Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge
Week 4: Othmar Ammann and (some of) his Bridges of NYC
Week 5: The Golden Gate Bridge
Week 6: Robert Maillart and Reinforced Concrete Bridges
Week 7: Origins of Prestressing: Freyssinet, Magnel, and Finsterwalder
Week 8: New Bridge Forms: Christian Menn
Week 9: The Politics and Art of Spanish Bridge Design
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