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Purdue University

Structural Design

Purdue University via edX MicroMasters


Civil engineers design, build, and maintain the nation’s infrastructure including buildings, bridges, dams, and power plants. Several material applications are discussed in conjunction with concrete design.

This MicroMasters program will expand the knowledge base of civil engineers with basic training in structural analysis and design. The courses are taught by Purdue University’s reputed, research faculty who bring application knowledge to the instructional content. Purdue is a renowned public university, consistently ranking in the top 10 for engineering programs.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Design of Steel-Concrete Composite Structures

Learn fundamental concepts and applications of steel-concrete composite structures including composite beams, columns, and walls.

Course 2: Steel Beam and Plate Girder Design

Learn fundamental concepts and applications of welded built-up steel plate girders including proportioning, flexural and shear strength, and local and global stability.

Course 3: Connections in Steel Structures

Understand steel connection behavior and explore connections with eccentricities, concentrated forces, and moments.

Course 4: Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete

Learn the fundamentals of prestressed concrete design and the mechanics of how prestressed materials work under load. The prestressing mechanism provides strength for tensile forces when the material is in service; a common example of use of prestressed concrete is in parking garages.

Course 5: Pretensioned Structures

Learn the essentials of design of pretensioned concrete structures. A common design application is in a wide range of building and dam structures where improved performance of prestressed concrete can allow for longer spans of material.

Course 6: Post-Tensioned Structures

Learn the essentials of design of post-tensioned concrete structures for use in concrete slabs or in preventing cracks and leakage in concrete water tanks.


Taught by

Amit Varma, Sahaas Bhardwaj, Morgan Broberg and Julio Ramirez


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