4300: Civil Engineering graduate courses


514 DESIGN OF EARTH STRUCTURES — 3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 314 or permission. Design of earth structures; dams, highway fills, cofferdams, etc. Embankment construction techniques, quality control, embankment analysis, instrumentation, foundation soil stabilization, seepage analysis and control. Design problem. Graduate students will perform more advanced analysis and design.

518    SOIL AND ROCK EXPLORATION    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 314 or permission. Site exploration criteria and planning. Conventional boring, sampling and in situ testing methods. Theory and application of geophysics and geophysical methods including seismic, electrical resistivity, gravity, magnetic and radioactive measurements. Air photo interpretation.


523    CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: One year of college chemistry. General, physical, organic, biochemistry, equilibrium, and colloid chemistry concepts applied to environmental engineering, Concepts are used in water and wastewater laboratory.


526    ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 323. An introduction to the physical, chemical and biological processes utilized in the treatment of water and wastewater, with design parameters emphasized.


527    WATER QUALITY MODELING AND MANAGEMENT    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 323. Analysis and simulation of the physical, chemical and biochemical processes affecting stream quality. Development of management strategies based upon the application of water quality modeling techniques to environmental systems.


528    HAZARDOUS AND SOLID WASTES    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor. Hazardous and solid waste quantities, properties and sources are presented. Handling, processing, storage and disposal methods are discussed with non-technical constraints outlined.


543    APPLIED HYDRAULICS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 341. Review of design principles; urban hydraulics, steam channel mechanics, sedimentation, coastal engineering.


551    COMPUTER METHODS OF STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS    3 credits 

  • Structural analysis using microcomputers; finite element software, interactive graphics; beam stiffness concepts and matrix formulation; simple and complex structural systems modeling; vibration analysis.


553    OPTIMUM STRUCTURAL DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 306. Basic concepts in structural optimization. Mathematical programming methods including unconstrained minimization, multidimensional minimization and constrained minimization.


554    ADVANCED MECHANICS OF MATERIALS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent. Three-dimensional state of stress and strain analysis. Unsymmetric bending of straight and curved members with shear deformation. Beams on elastic foundations. Saint Venant�s torsional problems. Inelastic analysis of bending and torsional members. Introduction to energy method. Instability behavior of prismatic members.


563    TRANSPORTATION PLANNING    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 361. Theory and techniques for development, analysis and evaluation of transportation system plans, Emphasis on understanding and using tools and professional methods available to solve transportation planning problems, especially in urban areas.


564    HIGHWAY DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 361. Study of modern design of geometrical and pavement features of highways. Design problem and computer use. Graduate students will produce a more complete design.


565    PAVEMENT ENGINEERING    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 361. Theories of elasticity, of viscoelasticity and of layered systems as applied to pavements. Pavement materials characterization; pavement design, pavement restoration for rigid and flexible pavements.


566    TRAFFIC ENGINEERING    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 361. Vehicle and urban travel characteristics, traffic flow theory, traffic studies, accidents and safety, traffic signs and marking, traffic signal planning, traffic control and transportation administration.


567    ADVANCED HIGHWAY DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 564, Autocad, or permission. Computer-aided geometric design of highways including survey data input, digital terrain modeling, cross-section templates, horizontal and vertical roadway design, earthwork computations, and advanced topics.


568    HIGHWAY MATERIALS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 361, 380 or permission. Properties of aggregates, manufacture and properties of portland cement concrete, properties of asphaltic materials, design and testing of hot mix asphalt pavement mixes and of surface treatments. Laboratory preparation of specimens and determination of properties. Graduate student requirement: Graduate students will be required to perform an additional eight-hour asphalt laboratory (Abson recovery of asphalt from solution) and to prepare a paper on a highway materials topic.


574    UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION    2 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 314. Description of practices and techniques of underground construction. Selection of proper method for individual job. Design of underground openings, support systems and linings.


604    DYNAMICS OF STRUCTURES    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 306. Approximate, rigorous dynamic analysis of one, two, multiple and infinite degrees of freedom structural systems. Elastoplastic, plastic analysis. Equivalent systems, dynamic hinge concept. Modal analysis. Transfer matrices. Fourier, Laplace transforms.


605    STRUCTURAL STABILITY    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 554 or equivalent. Buckling of bars, beam-columns and frames. Lateral buckling of beams. Double and tangent modulus theories. Energy methods. Compressed rings and curved bars. Torsional buckling. Buckling of plates and shells. Inelastic buckling.


606    ENERGY METHODS AND ELASTICITY    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 202. Work and complementary work. Strain energy and complementary strain energy. Virtual work and Castigliano�s theorems. Variational methods. Applications. Formulation of boundary value problems in elasticity. Selected topics in energy methods and elasticity.


607    PRESTRESSED CONCRETE    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 404. Basic concepts. Design of double-tee roof girder; shear; development length; column; piles; design of highway bridge girder; pretensioned, post-tensioned; continuous girders; corbels; volume-change forces; connections.


608    MULTISTORY BUILDING DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 401. Floor systems; staggered truss system; braced frame design; unbraced frame design; drift indices; monocoque (tube and partial tube) systems; earthquake design; fire protection. Analysis by STRUDL.


609    FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS I    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 554 or equivalent. Introductory development of finite element method as applied to various topics from continuum mechanics. Such areas as plane, axisymmetric and 3-D stress analysis; conduction, fluid mechanics; transient problems an geometric and material nonlinearity.


610    COMPOSITE MATERIALS IN CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 554 or equivalent. Constituent materials; manufacturing processes; panel properties by micro/macromechanics; simplified analysis of composite beams; columns; and applications to highway bridges; composites in concrete and wood structures.


611    FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL BEHAVIOR    2 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 314. In-depth examination of structure and fundamental physico-chemical and mechanical properties of engineering soils viewed as particulate matter.


612    ADVANCED SOIL MECHANICS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 314. Study of mechanics of behavior of soil as continuum. Principles of stress, strain, deformation, shear strength and pore water pressure as applied to mechanical behavior of soil masses.


613    ADVANCED GEOTECHNICAL TESTING    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 518, 612. Theory and practice of static and dynamic in situ and laboratory soil testing. Testing procedures, applicability, limitations. General evaluation of geotechnical parameters for routine and special site conditions. One lecture, two laboratories per week.


614    FOUNDATION ENGINEERING I    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 313 or permission. Foundation bearing capacity and settlement analysis. Design of shallow and deep foundation systems. Pile driving and load test procedures and analysis. Theory and design of earth-retaining structures including retaining walls, tiebacks and bulkheads.


615    FOUNDATION ENGINEERING II    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 614 or permission. Soil-structure interaction theory and applications to under ground structures including conduits, tunnels and shafts. Advanced foundation construction methods and problems including dewatering, soil stabilization, underpinning and cofferdams. Slope stability analysis.


616    SOIL IMPROVEMENT    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 313 and 314. Admixture stabilization, precompression with vertical drains, blasting, vibrocompaction, injection and grouting, thermal methods, electro-osmosis, soil reinforcement, case studies.


617    NUMERICAL METHODS IN GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 313 and 314. Steady-state and transient flow through soils, consolidation, soilstructure interaction, piling, stress-deformation analysis of earth structures.


618    ROCK MECHANICS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 554 or permission. Mechanical nature of rocks; linear elasticity and application to rock problems; inelastic behavior of rocks, time dependence and effects of pore pressure, experimental characterization of rock properties; failure theory and crack propagation.


620    SANITARY ENGINEERING PROBLEMS    2 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 323. Application of both laboratory methods and theory to solution of sanitary engineering problems involving water pollution, stream regeneration, special industrial wastes, detergents and others.


621    ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES    4 credits 

  • Corequisite: 523. Provide the basic principles of chemical reaction engineering, microbiology, environmental regulations, and contaminant migration required for the understanding and solving environmental problems.


622    AQUATIC CHEMISTRY    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 3150:151 and 3150:153 or permission. Quantitative treatment of variables that govern the chemistry of aquatic systems. Emphasis on carbonate in open-closed systems, metal complexation and solubility, and oxidation-reduction reactions.


623    PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL TREATMENT PROCESSES    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite or corequisite: 621. Theory, current research associated with physical/chemical processes, the impact on design-coagulation/flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, absorption processes emphasized.


624    BIOLOGICAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROCESSES    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite or corequisite: 621. Theory, current research associated with biological processes, related physical/chemical processes, the impact on design-activated sludge, fixed film processes, gas transfer, sludge stabilization, sludge dewatering processes emphasized.


625    WATER TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 623. Design of water treatment plants for potable, industrial and commercial uses. Development of water sources, treatment methods and financing used to design best practical methods in terms of cost-benefits.


626    WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 624. Application of theory and fundamentals to design of wastewater treatment plants. System design methods used for biological and chemical stabilization of wastewater to meet water quality criteria. Economic analyses made to determine best practical designs to be utilized.


627    ENVIRONMENTAL OPERATIONS LABORATORY    2 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 426 or permission of instructor. Conduction of laboratory experiments related to the design and operation of water and wastewater treatment processes. Experimental design, data collection, analysis and report preparation.


628    ADVANCED CHEMICAL OXIDATION PROCESS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 3150:151 and 3150:153 or permission. Qualitative and quantitative treatment of variables that govern process chemistry and kinetics in water. Emphasis on ozone, hydrogen peroxide, and ultra-violet light (UV).


631    SOIL REMEDIATION    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 621 or permission. Provide a thorough understanding of site characterization, traditional soil remediation technologies, as well as present new and emerging remediation technologies.


635    AIR POLLUTION CONTROL    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 621 or permission. Introduction to air pollution control philosophies, approaches, regulations, and modeling. Also contains an in-depth evaluation/design approach for the control of particular matter, SOx and NOx.


640    ADVANCED FLUID MECHANICS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 4500:310 or permission. Basic equations, Navier-Stokes equations. Analysis of potential flow, turbulence, hydraulic transients. Solution of typical fluid mechanics problems. Analysis of water hammer in pipe networks by method of characteristics.


644    OPEN CHANNEL HYDRAULICS    3 credits 

  • Application of basic principles of fluid mechanics to flow in open channels. Criteria for analysis of uniform, gradually varied and rapidly varied flows. Study of movement and transportation of sediments. Design problems utilizing numerical techniques.


645    APPLIED HYDROLOGY    3 credits 

  • Discussion of water cycle such as precipitation, evaporation, stream flows, floods, infiltration. Methods of analysis and their application to studies of water demand, storage, transportation including mathematical modeling of urban runoff and statistical hydrology.


646    COASTAL ENGINEERING    3 credits 

  • Characteristics of linear and nonlinear wave theories. Interaction of structures, waves; design analysis of shore, offshore structures. Movement, transportation of sediments in lake shore areas.


663    ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING I    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 361, 466, or permission. Highway and parking facility design, transportation planning, highway capacity estimates, signal systems and optimization, incident detection and management, freeway ramp metering, and highway traffic safety.


664    ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING II    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 361, 466, or permission. Highway and parking facility design, transportation planning, highway capacity estimates, signal systems and optimization, incident detection and management, freeway ramp metering, and highway traffic safety.


665    TRAFFIC DETECTION AND DATA ANALYSIS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 361 or permission. Theory and application of pressure tubes, loop detectors, and imaging sensing, microwave, infrared, ultrasonic, laser detectors, parameter estimation, reliability, and data mining and fusion.


681    ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATERIALS    3 credits 

  • Selected topics on principles governing mechanical behavior of materials with respect to elastic, plastic and creep responses, stress rupture, low and high cycle and thermal fatigue. Failure theories and fracture phenomena in brittle and ductile materials. Crack propagation and life prediction of engineering materials.


682    ELASTICITY    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 202. Plane stress, plane strain. Two-dimensional problems in rectangular, polar coordinates. Strain-energy methods. Stress, strain in three dimensions. Torsion. Bending. Thermal stresses.


683    PLASTICITY    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 682, 4600:622 or equivalent. Mathematical formulation of constitutive equations with focus on their use in structural analysis. Internal variables. Isotropic, kinematic hardening. Nonisothermal plasticity. Finite deformations. Anisotropy.


684    ADVANCED REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 403. Slab systems. Equivalent frame properties. Limit analysis. Yield line theory. Lateral load systems. Shear walls. Footings. Biaxial column action.


685    ADVANCED STEEL DESIGN    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 401. Properties of steel, fasteners, bearing, friction joints, Gusset plates, bolts in tension, end plates, weld joints, cyclic loads, fatigue analysis, types of detail, torsion, stability design.


686    EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN STRUCTURAL MECHANICS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 682. Electrohydraulic closed-loop test systems. Methods for specimen heating. Strain measurement techniques for room and elevated temperatures. Design of computer controlled experiments investigating deformation and failure under complex stress states.


687    LIMIT ANALYSIS IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 454/554, 682. Fundamental theorems of limit analysis. The lower-bound and upper-bound solutions. Applications to frames, plates and plane stress and plane strain problems. Design considerations. Mathematical programming and computer implementation.


694    ADVANCED SEMINAR IN CIVIL ENGINEERING    1-3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 202. Introduction to fundamentals of deformation of materials: elasticity, plasticity and creep; Key deformation problems related to materials processing and failure by large strain deformation; Terminal "failure" analysis.


697    ENGINEERING REPORT    2 credits 

  • Prerequisite: Permission of advisor. A relevant problem in civil engineering for students electing the non-thesis option. The final engineering report must be approved by the advisor and the advisory committee.


698    MASTERS RESEARCH    1-6 credits 

  • Prerequisite: Permission of advisor. (May be repeated.) Research on a suitable topic in civil engineering culminating in a master�s thesis.


699    MASTERS THESIS    1-6 credits 

  • Prerequisite: permission. Research and thesis on some suitable topic in civil engineering as approved by department. Defense of thesis is by final examination.


701    EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 604. Earthquake fundamentals. Earthquake response of single-story and multistory buildings, as well as structural components. Modal analysis for earthquake response. Inelastic response of multistory structures. Earthquake codes. Stochastic approach.


702    PLATES AND SHELLS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisites: 682 and 3450:531. Navier and Levy solutions for rectangular plates. Approximate methods, including finite difference. Forces in middle plant. Large deflections. Differential geometry of a surface. Shells of revolution.


703    VISCOELASTICITY AND VISCOPLASTICITY    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 683. Formulation of constitutive relations for time dependent materials. Classical linear viscoelasticity. Internal variable representation of nonlinear, hereditary behavior. Creep and rate dependent plasticity. Continuum thermodynamics. Anisotropy.


704    FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS II    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 609 and 702 or permission. Curved, plate, shell brick elements. Quasi-analytical elements. Quadrature formulas. Substructuring for static and dynamic analyses. Solution algorithms for linear and nonlinear static and dynamic analysis. Computer program formulation. Review of large-scale production programs.


710    ADVANCED COMPOSITE MECHANICS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 610. Analysis of short-fiber composites and statistical behavior, bending, buckling and vibration of laminated plates and shells. Advanced topics involving stress concentration, residue stress, fatigue, fracture toughness, nonlinear and viscoelastic stress-strain formulations, solutions of nonlinear problems.


712    DYNAMIC PLASTICITY    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 683 or 703. Impulsive and transient loading of structural elements (beams, plates, shells, etc.) in which inelastic deformation occurs. Topics include: longitudinal and transverse plastic wave propagation in thin rods, propagation of plastic hinges, rate-dependent viscoplastic waves, transverse impact on beams and plates, high-rate forming, blast loading, plate perforation, shock waves in solids.


717    SOIL DYNAMICS    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 614 or permission. Vibration and wave propagation theory relating to soils, soil structures and foundations. Dynamic behavior of soils. Design of foundations for dynamic loading impact, pulsating and blast loads.


731    BIOREMEDIATION    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 621 or permission. Provide the fundamentals required for understanding and successfully implementing the biodegradation of hazardous compounds coupled with the design and operational techniques of bioremediation systems.


745    SEEPAGE    2 credits 

  • Discussion of parameters determining permeability of various soils. Analytical, numerical and experimental methods to determine two- or three-dimensional movement of groundwater. Unsteady flows.


898    PRELIMINARY RESEARCH    1-15 credits 

  • (May be repeated for a total of 15 credits.) Prerequisite: approval of dissertation director. Preliminary investigations prior to the submission of a dissertation proposal to the interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee.


899    DOCTORAL DISSERTATION    1-15 credits 

  • (May be taken more than once.) Prerequisite: acceptance of research proposal by the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Committee and approval of the dissertation director. Original research by the doctoral student.


   FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS II    3 credits 

  • Prerequisite: 609 and 702 or consent of instructor. Curved, plate, and shell brick elements. Quasi-analytical elements. Quadrature formulas. Substructing for static and dynamic analyses. Solution algorithms for linear and nonlinear static and dynamic analysis. Computer program formulation and use of commercial software products.

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