Structural Analysis with SAP2000 Form


During the utilization of structural analysis software packages, the engineer should be aware of the underlying mathematical models, in order to select the right type of structural modeling, the appropriate numerical solutions, and algorithms and to be able to critically utilize the results of the analysis.


Modelling structural response. Simulation with linear, wall and membrane finite elements. Simulation plate & beams by a combination of linear and surface finite elements. Comparison and evaluation of results. Plane & Surface finite elements. Walls & plates with holes. Analysis model & solvers. Diagrams of internal forces. Dynamic spectral analysis of the model. Periods & frequencies. Envelopes of internal forces. Export results to other software for post-processing (e.g. MS Excel, Access). Creating and editing the model. Integrate stresses from SAP to create diagrams M, N, Q. Introduction to nonlinear analysis. Inelastic response of structures. Nonlinear static analysis (Pushover). Plastic hinges. Collapse mechanisms. Applications (Find collapse mechanism for a frame). Dynamic nonlinear analysis (Nonlinear Time-History). Introduction to seismic accelerograms. Monitoring of the seismic response of buildings. Incremental Dynamic Analysis. Open Programming Interface (OAPI). Structural Optimization through OAPI. Applications.

Course instructor: Dr. Nikolaos Bakas

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