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Spring 2009

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Courses offered by Civil Engineering at the graduate level are listed below. Students may take courses other than Civil Engineering with permission of the Head of the Department and the advisor.

All courses listed will not necessarily be offered in any given year.

87-500. Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity
Analysis of stress and strain; elastic and plastic stress-strain relations; general equations of elasticity; yield criteria; applications to elastoplastic problems, including rotating disks, thick-walled tubes, reinforced disks, torsion of various shaped bars; stress concentration. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-501. Finite Element Methods for Solids and Structures
Structural idealization; stress analysis of 2-D and 3-D solids; error estimation and mesh adaptivity; elastic formulations and uses of beam, plate and shell elements; nonlinear formulations; structural stability; introduction to finite element methods in structural design optimization. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-502. Analysis and Design of Shell Structures
General theory of thin shells. Membrane stresses in shells of revolution and shells of double curvature. Bending stresses in shells of revolution, cylindrical shells and folded plates. Design of cylindrical shell roofs. (Prerequisite: 87-500 or equivalent.) (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-504. Theory of Plates
Small deflection of laterally loaded rectangular and circular, isotropic and orthotropic plates with various edge conditions, Navier and Levy solutions, energy methods, finite difference approximation, plates under combined action of lateral loading and forces in its plane, local buckling of column elements, buckling of plates under pure shear and under bending stresses, post-buckling strength in plates. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-505. Theory of Stability
This course is designed to give an insight into the basic phenomenon of structural stability. Elastic and plastic flexural-buckling of columns with axial and eccentric loads is studied. Energy and numerical methods are used. Stability functions are introduced and used to study trusses and rectangular frames, with and without sidesway. Some discussion of torsional and torsional-flexural buckling, lateral buckling of beams. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-506. Advanced Structural Steel Design
This course is designed to develop and expand the design concepts in steel structures; multiple-storey frames, sway and non-sway frame systems; beam-columns; laterally unbraced beams; local buckling of flanges and webs; plate girders; plastic analysis and design; characteristics of light gauge steel components; design of cold-formed steel structures. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-510. Reinforced Concrete Structures
Critical examination of design code requirements for: flexure, shear, bond, eccentrically loaded columns; yield line theory, strip method, and design of slabs. Design of hyperbolic paraboloid shells, domes, cylindrical tanks and rigid-frame structures. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-511. Prestressed Concrete
Materials, principles of prestressing systems; prestressing losses; analytical treatment of the effect of shrinkage, creep of concrete, and cable friction on stresses; analysis and design of statically determinate and indeterminate structures; design codes; research background; introduction to prefabricated concrete structures. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-512. Design, Deterioration, and Repair of Concrete
Cementing materials-basic constituents and manufacture; hydration of cement; physical properties of fresh and hardened paste; concrete mix design; properties of fresh and hardened concrete; deterioration processes affecting field concrete; inspection, assessment and remedial techniques of concrete and reinforced concrete structures. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-513. Structural Dynamics
Formulation of equations of motion; single degree-of-freedom systems: free vibration response and response to harmonic, periodic, impulse, and general dynamic loading; analysis of non-linear structural response; multi degree-of-freedom systems: equations of motion, structural property matrices, undamped free vibration, Raleigh's method, forced vibration response, practical vibration analysis; continuous systems: partial differential equations of motion, analysis of undamped free vibration, analysis of dynamic response, wave propagation analysis. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-514. Advanced Concrete Technology
Advanced composite materials - constituents and products; structural applications, reinforced concrete members, prestressed concrete members, applications with chopped fibres, repair and rehabilitation; innovative applications. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-515. Earthquake-resistant Design of Buildings
Formulation of the equations of motion, free vibration response, and forced vibration response of SDOF, MDOF and continuous systems; approximate and numerical methods of analysis; wave propagation analysis. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-516. Loads and Load Effects on Structures
Nature of loads; stress analysis of structures for volumetric deformations; modal analysis of structures; vibration-induced forces in structures; time-domain and frequency-domain analysis of structures; fatigue damage calculation of solids. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-519. Advances in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Consolidation and improvement methods; compressibility of soils and application of new modification techniques; frost action in soils; design of gravity, cantilever and mechanically stabilized retaining walls; recent advances in the bearing capacity of foundations on reinforced soils; pile foundations and pile groups; machine foundations on piles. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-520. Multiphase, Multicomponent Flows
A thorough treatment of the basic techniques for analyzing one-dimensional multi-phase, multicomponent flows in order to predict flow regimes, pressure drop, etc. Practical applications in fluidization, sedimentation and boiling heat transfer. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-521. Hydrology
Analysis and synthesis of the hydrograph. Streamflow routing. The hydrograph as a function of drainage characteristics; estimation of runoff from meteorological data. Snowmelt. Flow in rivers with an ice cover. Infiltration theory. Sea water intrusion in coastal aquifers. Application of hydrologic techniques including statistical methods. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-522. River Mechanics
Theory and analysis of uniform, gradually varied, rapidly varied and steady and unsteady flow in open channels; fluvial processes; design of channels; design of hydraulic control structures. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-523. Ground Water Contamination
Introduction of Darcy's equation and governing equation; construction of flownets, flow quantification, and ground water resource evaluation; contaminant hydrogeology, mass transport equations, reaction, and adsorption; introduction to biodegradation and natural attenuation; simulation of ground water flow and transport. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-524. Advanced Hydromechanics
Properties of scalar and vector fields; gradiant, divergence and curl. Flow visualization. Flow kinematics: continuity equation, potential flow, stream function. Flow dynamics: transport theorems, integral and differential equations of motion. Boundary-layer theory. Turbulent flow and turbulence models. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-525. Hydraulic Analyses
This course deals with advanced methods of analyzing hydraulics and water resource systems. Exact and approximate methods are reviewed. The formulation and solution of problems by finite difference and finite element methods is a major part of the course. Typical examples from open channel and ground water flows are included. The method of characteristics is applied to transient flow in open channels and closed conduits. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-526. Sediment Transport
Regime approach; turbulence theories; suspended sediment; tractive force method; bedforms and bedload transport; the Einstein method; modified Einstein method; reservoir siltation; recent developments; design of mobile bed channels; design of sedimentation basins; channel degradation. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-527. Coastal Engineering
Introduction to linear and nonlinear wave theory. Wave transformation: shoaling, refraction, defraction, reflection and breaking. Wave interaction with piles, walls and rubble mounds. Computation of forces and moments. Stability analysis. Wave generation and prediction. Computation of design water levels. Statistical nature of wind-generated waves in deep and shallow waters. Littoral zone processes. Computation of longshore transport. Effect of shore structures on littoral processes. Design of shore protections. Design of small harbours. This course involves the use of microcomputers and physical models. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-590. Special Topics In Civil Engineering
Selected advanced topics in the field of civil engineering. (3 lecture hours a week.)

87-796. Major Paper

87-797. Thesis

87-798. Dissertation


Courses offered by Environmental Enginneering at the graduate level are listed below. Students may take courses other than Environmental Engineering with permission of the Head of the Department and the advisor.

All courses listed will not necessarily be offered in any given year.

93-530. Water Pollution Control
Water quality criteria; methods of wastewater disposal and their effects on ecology; theory and design of different unit operations and processes for water purification; theory and design of different design operations and processes of wastewater treatment; reuse and recycling of wastewater. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-531. Advanced Water Pollution Control
Discussion on recent advances in the design of water and wastewater treatment plants and new developments in water pollution control practices. (Prerequisite: 93-530 or equivalent.) (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-533. Solid Waste Management
A study of municipal and industrial solid wastes, quantities, composition, methods of disposal or reclamation; economic viability of the various methods related to the quantities involved. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-534. Environmental Separation Processes
Application of the principles of surface chemistry to separation processes involving phase equilibria, ion exchange, membrane separation, adsorption, absorption, flocculation, spherical agglomeration, sedimentation, filtration, and centrifugation. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-535. Water Quality Management
Water quality criteria; methods of wastewater disposal and their effects on ecology; stoichiometry, reaction kinetics and material balance; movement of contaminants in water bodies; modelling of water quality in natural systems. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-536. Environmental Engineering Thermodynamics
An advanced study of the application of classical thermodynamic principles to environmental engineering practice; flow systems; composition relationships between equilibrium phases; systems involving surface effects, electric or magnetic fields. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-537. Kinetics
Basic concepts of chemical reaction kinetics; characterization of chemical and biochemical systems; reactor flow models and consideration of non-ideality. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-538. Biological Treatment of Wastewater
Wastewater characteristics; biological kinetics; flow and loading variation; wastewater treatment processes; mass balances; aeration; sedimentation; lagoons; fixed-film processes; sludge characteristics. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-539. Industrial Wastewater Treatment
Sources and characteristics of industrial wastewater; pretreatment and primary treatment; physical and chemical treatment; biological treatment; waste minimization; treatment of wastes from various industries. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-540. Numerical Modeling of Heat and Mass Transfer and Flow in Porous Media
Introduction to finite difference and finite element approaches for simulation of the diffusion and the advection-dispersion equations; development of finite difference formulation of 1-D and 2-D transient heat transfer, nonlinear conductance and source/sinks; 1-D and 2-D mass transport with reaction; 1-D and 2-D heat transfer with finite element approach. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-541. Air Pollution from Mobile Sources
Air pollutants; emissions from vehicles; testing vehicles for emissions; combustion thermodynamics; thermodynamics and kinetics of pollutant formation; measures to reduce emissions; modeling. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-542. Air Pollution Modelling
Air quality standards; emission inventory, source estimation; development of transport models; models with chemical reactions. (3 lecture hours a week.)

93-550. Sustainability: Principles and Practices
This course examines the evaluation, design, and management of products, processes, or projects to achieve sustainability. The main topics include: assessing and scoping environmental effects from engineering and other technical activities; eco-balance approaches; life cycle assessment; design-for-environment principles; and decision making for environmental and sustainability objectives. The course will discuss typical examples (e.g., automobiles, infrastructure, electronics), and also draw upon the industrial and research experience and knowledge of the class attendees. Class-based projects will focus on understanding, interpreting, and implementing the knowledge acquired. (Not open to students who attended 93-532, Engineering and the Environment, since 2002.) (3 lecture hours per week.)

93-590. Special Topics In Environmental Engineering
Selected advanced topics in the field of environmental engineering. (3 hours a week.)

Current topics include:
Air Pollution Control;
Transport Phenomena;
Environmental Law and Policy
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics of Air Pollution.

93-796. Major Paper

93-797. Thesis

93-798. Dissertation