Instructor:
Dr.
Charles Camp
Office ES 106B
email:
cvcamp@memphis.edu
phone: 6783169 (office)
Office hours: An "open door policy" or by
appointment
Date: August 27, 2018
Hours Credit: 3 Semester Hours
Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor
Course Meetings: Lecture: Monday and
Wednesday 7:10  8:35 p.m.; Room ES 114
Recommended Textbook: “A First Course in the Finite Element Method”
by Daryl L. Logan, Sixth Edition, Cengage, 2017.
ISBN10: 1305635116; ISBN13: 9781305635111
Course Description: Structural idealization,
stiffness properties of elements, structural analysis of element assembles.
Plane stress and strain problems. Applications to problems of plates and shells.
Computer solution of large systems.
Objectives
 Overview basic concepts of mathematical
modeling and discuss the process of
converting a structural system into a
discrete model.
 Introduce the stiffness method for
spring elements.
 Develop the formulation for bar elements
to solve truss problems.
 Discuss the concepts of modeling
symmetry and bandwidth for truss analysis.
 Develop the formulation for beam
elements to solve beam and plane frame
problems.
 Develop of plane stress and plane strain
formulations.
 Structural dynamics; vibration of a
spring–mass system and natural frequencies
of beams and frames.
 Application of the finite element method
to problems in structural engineering and
mechanics using the Structural Analysis
Program 2000 (SAP2000).
Course Outline
Week
 Introduction to Finite Elements 
Chapter 1
 Introduction to the Stiffness Method 
Chapter 2
 Development of Truss Equations  Chapter
3
 Development of Truss Equations with
SAP2000 applications;
Symmetry, and Bandwidth for Truss Analysis 
Chapters 3 and 3b
 Development of Beam Equations  Chapter
4
 Development of Beam Equations with
SAP2000 applications
 Development of Plane Frame and Grid
Equations  Chapter 5
 Development of Plane Frame and Grid
Equations  Chapter 5
 Midterm Exam
 Development of The Plane Stress Element
 Chapter 6
 Practical Consideration on Modeling 
Chapter 7
 Development of Linear Strain Triangles (LST)
 Chapter 8
 Development of Plate Bending Element 
Chapter 12
 Structural Dynamics  Chapter 16
Grading
Grades will be based on two takehome exams
given during the semester and class assignments.
Homework will be assigned weekly and completed
at the discretion of the student. A notebook
containing all completed homework will be
collected at the end of the semester. The final
grades for the course will be based on the
following percentages:
Components 
Percentages 
Computational Homework 
20% 
MidTerm Exam 
40% 
Final Exam 
40% 
Letter grades will be awarded for the
corresponding scores:
Exam /
Homework / Projects 
Grade 
90  100 
A 
80  89 
B 
70  79 
C 
60  69 
D 
BELOW 60 
F 
Attendance
Regular attendance is necessary to maintain
pace with the lectures and the progress of the
class. If you must be absent, please make sure
you know the assignment for the following class
meeting.
Makeup Work
Generally, if a student misses an exam a
score of zero will be awarded. However, the
student may be allowed to makeup an exam or
turn in their homework notebook late if a valid
reason for the absence is presented to the
instructor at the next class meeting. If a
student must miss an exam because of a conflict
in their schedule the student must notify the
instructor in writing at least two days prior to
the absence.
This web site was originally
developed by
Charles Camp for
CIVL
7117.
This site is
Maintained by the
Department of Civil Engineering
at the University of Memphis.
Your comments and questions are welcomed.
