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Department of Civil Engineering
CIVL 7117 - Course Syllabus
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Dr. Charles Camp
Office ES 106B
phone: 678-3169 (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.
ISBN-10: 1305635116; ISBN-13: 978-1305635111

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.


  1. Overview basic concepts of mathematical modeling and discuss the process of converting a structural system into a discrete model.
  2. Introduce the stiffness method for spring elements.
  3. Develop the formulation for bar elements to solve truss problems.
  4. Discuss the concepts of modeling symmetry and bandwidth for truss analysis.
  5. Develop the formulation for beam elements to solve beam and plane frame problems.
  6. Develop of plane stress and plane strain formulations.
  7. Structural dynamics; vibration of a spring–mass system and natural frequencies of beams and frames.
  8. Application of the finite element method to problems in structural engineering and mechanics using the Structural Analysis Program 2000 (SAP2000).

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Finite Elements - Chapter 1
  2. Introduction to the Stiffness Method - Chapter 2
  3. Development of Truss Equations - Chapter 3
  4. Development of Truss Equations with SAP2000 applications;
    Symmetry, and Bandwidth for Truss Analysis - Chapters 3 and 3b
  5. Development of Beam Equations - Chapter 4
  6. Development of Beam Equations with SAP2000 applications
  7. Development of Plane Frame and Grid Equations - Chapter 5
  8. Development of Plane Frame and Grid Equations - Chapter 5
  9. Mid-term Exam
  10. Development of The Plane Stress Element - Chapter 6
  11. Practical Consideration on Modeling - Chapter 7
  12. Development of Linear Strain Triangles (LST) - Chapter 8
  13. Development of Plate Bending Element - Chapter 12
  14. Structural Dynamics - Chapter 16


Grades will be based on two take-home 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:



Computational Homework


Mid-Term Exam


Final Exam


Letter grades will be awarded for the corresponding scores:

Exam / Homework / Projects


90 - 100


80 - 89


70 - 79


60 - 69





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.

Make-up Work

Generally, if a student misses an exam a score of zero will be awarded. However, the student may be allowed to make-up 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.

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Department of Civil Engineering | 104 Engineering Science Bldg |Memphis, TN 38152 | Phone: 901/678-2746 | Fax: 901/678-3026 | Last updated: 08/05/2019