Elastic Stability of Structures

Many important structures (e.g. buildings, bridges, aircraft frames) have buckling as a primary mode of failure. Because of this, it is important for structural engineers to have at least a cursory knowledge of elastic stability phenomena. This course will provide graduate-level Mechanical Engineering students with an overview of elastic stability in structures, and a brief introduction to dynamic stability, as applied to rotating shafts. Applications of mathematical theory to real-world structural design problems will be emphasized.