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CIE616    EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

H O T  N E W S

Tentative Schedule


Class List and Groups

INSTRUCTOR:
TEXT BOOK 
REQUIREMENTS 
GRADING POLICY
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HOMEWORKS-PROJECT:
HWK#1-Similitude
HWK#2-ErrorAnalysis
   +Data +Lab +Backgrd

HWK#3-ServoTuning
   +Data and References

HWK#4-Load Cell Design
HWK#5-Dyn-Identification
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Data
HWK#6-Hybrid Sim
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FINAL PROJECT -

GRADES
Final Grades

LECTURE NOTES

Introduction
Lecture 01
Slides 01 Chapter 01

Modeling and Similitude

Lecture 02 Slides 02 Chapter 02

Data quality and processing

Lecture 03 Slides 03 Chapter 03

Materials Testing
Slides 04A Related

Test-Planning
Slides 04

StaticLoading+Actuators

Slides 05a Servovalves + SVN

DynamicLoading+Actuators

Slides 05b Related References

Advanced Loadings

Slides 06A
Slides 06B  ppsx
Slides 06C  ppsx
Related References PPT

Instrumentation and Monitoring

Slides 07-1 
Slides 07-2 

Principles of Data Acquisition

Slides 08

Data Management

Slides 09      p  rdv


HANDOUTS

MatlabPresentation
DaDISP Presentation

LINKS:
Load Cells Design
UCB Class

LAB SAFETY MANUAL

CIE616 - EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN STRUCTURAL ENG.
W  8:00-11:00 Room
140, Ketter Hall (lectures and demos)
M  1:00 to 4:00 Lab Work 3 hour weekly

Prof. A.M. Reinhorn
 Fall Semester 2011

 
Class web page: http://civil.eng.buffalo.edu/CIE616/  

Lecture and Lab Work, 3.00 credits   Registration #31683

OBJECTIVES:

This course is intended to introduce students to experimental methods, test planning, model preparation, loading systems, instrumentation, data acquisition and data processing.  The course covers aspects of static and structural dynamics problems. Advance methods of testing will include hybrid techniques for substructure testing which combine simultaneous physical and numerical simulations. New testing methods of complex structural systems will be presented.   Elements of modal testing and nondestructive methods will be introduced.  The course provides an overview of laboratory work and is complemented with several “hands-on” applications in laboratory using testing and computing equipment. 

The students will get acquainted with the following subjects: 

      (1)     Similitude, modeling and dimensional analysis (1wk)
(2)     Measurement systems, statistical and error analysis (1wk)
(3)     Test Planning, design and implementation - test protocols (1 wk)
(4)     Structural and Materials testing - steel, timber, plastics, concrete, etc.(1wk)
(5)     Loading Systems - set-ups, loading devices, actuators, control, etc. (2wk)
(6)     Instrumentation - mechanical, electrical, electronic (2wk)
(7)     Data Acquisition - analog and digital (1wk)
(8)     Advanced testing techniques - hybrid testing (2wk)
(9)     Computerized data processing - numerical and graphical (1wk)
(10)    Data archiving and curating - data quality control (1 wk)

The information in parentheses is tentative duration of each subject. A Tentative Schedule shows more detail subjects.

* INSTRUCTOR:
Professor Andrei M. Reinhorn  (reinhorn@buffalo.edu
135 Ketter Hall,  Office Hours: T, Th 1:30-3:15pm or  by appointment
Additional information about the instructor: http://civil.eng.buffalo.edu/~reinhorn

 * BIBLIOGRAPHY:
1 Dally and Riley, “Experimental Stress Analysis,”, McGraw Hill, 1978
2 Harris and Sabnis, “Structural Modeling and Experimental Techniques” CRC Press 1999
3 Nachtigal, C.L., “Instrumentation and Control,” Wiley & Sons, 1990
4 Reese and Kawahara, “ Handbook of Structural Testing”, Prentice Hall / Fairmont Press 1993
5 Chopra, A, " Dynamics of Structures", Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2001
6 Malhotra and Carino, “Handbook of Nondestructive Testing of Concrete”, CRC Press, 1991
7 Data
visualization toolbox from Matlab Link to author of “Visualizing Data”, the source for Matlab’s toolbox.
8 Instructor’s Handouts / Computer Manuals
9 Equipment types and Instrumentation
SEESL Lab Manual
10 Good strain gage data source from
Micro Measurements Group
11 Guide to strain gage installation is also at
Micro Measurements Group.
12 Fiber-optic strain gages is at AS-Overlay web site.
13 Data acquisition and analysis on
National Instruments website (go to Resource Library).
14 A very well described and presented
P-delta test from Buffalo.
15 SAC Steel Project Test Protocol Document.
16 MTS Corporation
shaking table page. Watch the movies!

 * REQUIREMENTS:  

* Prerequisites:   CIE519 completed  (check during first class).
                         CIE510 completed
* Meetings: Lectures and demonstrations Wednesdays two consecutive sessions of 80 minutes each.

* Labs: 3 hours weekly. Schedule to be set weekly. Subjects and materials to be followed in class will be posted on the website. Please read ahead of class and be prepared to participate in discussions and hands-on sessions.
* Homeworks will be lab reports as parts of a comprehensive project, tailored according to your interests. If you do not have a preference, the instructor will assign to you a project. Homeworks and project will be done in groups of  three students (to be assigned before the second class)*

One individual examinations:
         Final examination TBA  will consist of a 30 min presentation of your report (1:00-3:00pm) in Rm 140 Ketter Hall.   
The presentation will be done jointly when each student will present a proportional part from the total presentation.  
The final report is due on same day at end of the presentations.  
The presentations (ppt) and the report should be submitted electronically to the instructor.

Assignments & weights:

Home works (biweekly)*

Part of a case study project and individual assignments

(60% of final grade)

Mid-semester exam

All material to exam date

(0% of final grade)

Final examination

Project defense

(20% of final grade)

Final Project*

Case study 

(20% of final grade)

 *All homework and project will be done in groups of three students, each. 

* GRADING  POLICY:  (subjected to changes that will be announced in class)

The final grade will be assigned according to the University policies (i.e., A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, F, using a uniform distribution in steps of five points (A=95 and above).  No incomplete grades will be assigned except for serious and well-documented reasons.

* LABORATORY SAFETY:

The safety is of primary concern in our laboratories. You must obey all laboratory rules and wear suitable protective / safety equipment . You must take a three parts instruction on laboratory safety which includes
(i) visit to the labs and identification of hazardous areas, and emergency response,
(ii) a self instruction reading the lab safety manual on the website: http://nees.buffalo.edu/docs/Safety Training Manual/Safety Training Manual903.pdf, and finally
(iii) take a one hour examination with the lab safety officer.
The visit to the lab will occur in the first meeting and the examination at the beginning of the following class. Failure to obey the safety rules may disqualify you from completing this class.

You must purchase (if you do not have already) steel toe shoes, and obtain a hard hat and protective glasses for your laboratory sessions. (Your advisor may be able to reimburse you for the expenses of safety shoes.  Hardhats will provided by the lab as part of successful certification).  When you have doubts about safety issues in the lab, ask me or the lab personnel.

* NOTES:

If you have questions, ask them in class or during office hours.  You also may contact the instructor at reinhorn@buffalo.edu

 * MORE INFORMATION will be presented in classes during the semester and posted on the WEBPAGE.  Make sure you get it!!!

http://nees.buffalo.edu/docs/Safety%20Training%20Manual/Safety%20Training%20Manual903.pdf

HAVE  A  GOOD  SEMESTER

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