Experiences with an Undergraduate Structural Engineering Laboratory

by Stephen Pessiki, (A.M.ASCE), Lehigh Univ, Bethlehem, United States,
Le-Wu Lu, (M.ASCE), Lehigh Univ, Bethlehem, United States,
Ben T. Yen, (M.ASCE), Lehigh Univ, Bethlehem, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


An Undergraduate Structural Engineering Laboratory was recently implemented at Lehigh University with funds obtained from the National Science Foundation through its instrumentation and laboratory improvement program. The laboratory is used primarily to teach a senior-level elective called Structural Laboratory. In addition to traditional structural engineering topics such as the elastic and inelastic behavior of members and structures, the laboratory course treats current technology in transducers, data acquisition, the use of computers with instrumentation, and the nondestructive evaluation of steel and concrete structures.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Structural engineering | Structural behavior | Steel structures | Computing in civil engineering | Undergraduate study | Laboratory tests

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