ENGRCEE 259 Structural Stability (2017-2018)

ENGRCEE 259 Structural Stability

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 259 Structural Stability (Credit Units: 4) Structural stability emphasizing behavior of simple structural components that illustrate various modes of instability. Euler columns, beam columns, and instability of simple frames. Energy methods. Beam torsion and lateral instability. Elementary matrix methods compatible with finite element models. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0137099641.

Recommended Textbook:

A. Chajes, Principles of Structural Stability Theory, Waveland Press, Inc.

Jann N. Yang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Mechanics of Materials (CEE 150 or ENGRMAE 150) or Mechanics of Materials or Strength of Materials

Lecture Topics:
  • General Principles and Methods of Analysis in Stability.
  • Buckling of Columns. Second-Order and Fourth-Order Differential Equations.
  • Instability of Simple Frames.
  • Large Deformation Theory. Eccentrically Loaded columns. Inelastic Buckling.
  • Energy Methods of Analysis. Rayleigh-Ritz method. Galerkin’s Method.
  • Beam-Columns. Slope-Deflection Method.
  • Matrix Stiffness Method.
  • Torsion-Flexural Buckling.
  • Lateral Buckling.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 25%
  • Final: 75%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
November 10, 2014
Approved Effective:
2015 Fall Qtr