Steel Structures

Course Leader: Dr Ilham Polukhov

Home Institution: Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

Course pre-requisites: Strength of materials, Theoretical Mechanics, Building   mechanics

Course Overview
This course is designed to introduce the behaviour and design of Metal constructions materials (steel and aluminium alloys) and steel structural members. The behaviour and design of tension members, compression members, laterally restrained and unrestrained beams, beam-columns and design of connections will be discussed.
The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge to properly design steel structures and be able to provide proper construction details for their design. Course examples will cover both Load and Resistance Factors Design (LRFD) and Allowable Stress Design (ASD) design.

Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to obtain basic knowledge about the design and failure mode of steel structural members after finished this course. Students attending the class will learn how to design structural steel elements and connections.

Course Content

 This course covers the following topics:

  1. Preface, fields of application, characteristics of Metal constructions (MC). MC materials, steel and aluminium alloys.
  2. Metal construction materials, mechanical characteristics of steel and aluminium alloys. Behaviour of steel under load.
  3. Combinations used in MC. Welding methods. Structural steel connections.
  4. Calculation of welding joints. Butt and overlap welding or welding joints.
  5. Riveted and bolted joint, calculation.
  6. Beams and girders. General characteristics, beam grillages.
  7. Types of beams and calculation. Rolled steel beams
  8. Selecting of cross sections of built-up beams. Checking of strength and durability of built-up beams.
  9. Types of steel columns. Solid and open-web axially loaded columns.
  10. Calculation of axially loaded columns. Columns of solid cross-section.
  11. Calculation of axially loaded open-web columns
  12. Bases of axially loaded columns.
  13. Field of application of trusses.
  14. Analysis of trusses.
  15. Selection of truss element
  16. The frame of industrial buildings. Determination of the main dimensions.
  17. Single story industrial building frames, column layout, expansion joints.
  18. Lateral frames.
  19. Fundamentals of MC calculations. Calculations on ASD and LRFD.
  20. Loads and load combinations
  21. Information about frame columns.
  22. Types of eccentrically loaded columns
  23. Analysis and design of eccentrically loaded columns.
  24. Splices and details of columns.
  25. Bases of eccentrically loaded columns, joint, anchor bolts.
  26. The crane structures, types.
  27. The calculating characteristics of the crane structures.
  28. Large-span metal structures. Special members, Heavy trusses of large span roofs.
  29. Beam, frame and arches.
  30. High-rise building frames.

Instructional Method
Total 42 hours of lessons: lecture 30 hours, seminar 12 hours. Lectures will be delivered in powerpoint presentations. In seminar lessons group project, student presentations also are going to be done.

Required Course Materials
Required textbooks:

  1. Mukhanov K.K. Design of Metal Structures, Reprinted from 1968 edition. USA, 2003
  2. William T. Segui, Steel Design, USA, 2007
  3. I.Polukhov, Metal Constructions, Baku, 2018

Knowledge of a student is graded on the maximum 100-point grading scale. Students obtained 50 points in a semester and other 50 points in an exam. These are included in 50 points obtained in a semester: attendance at lessons – 10 points, student’s presentations on the topics – 10 points, results of seminars or laboratory lessons – 30 points. If a coursework is determined on the subject then it is awarded 20 points for the seminar and laboratory lessons, 10 points for presentation of coursework.
Amount of points that a student obtained must not be less 17 points. A student who does not participate more than 30 per cent of all teaching hours of a subject is not allowed take this subject exam.
According to the amount of obtained total points, knowledge of a student is evaluated below in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).