University of Illinois

MISSION Laboratory

MuitI-functional Structures and Systems desIgn OptimizatioN


Structural Analysis (CEE470)

Course Topics: Direct stiffness method of structural analysis; fundamentals and algorithms; numerical analysis of plane trusses, grids and frames; virtual work and energy principles; finite element method for plane stress and plane strain.

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Online Lectures

A Primer on Michell’s Optimality Conditions

Lecture Topics: Maxwell number; Michell number; Load path; Hencky nets; constructions of optimal structures.

These lectures have already been used while collaborating with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill(SOM) to inspire their engineers and architects by providing geometric implications of optimal structures.