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Advanced Diploma in Design of Steel Structures

This free online course will teach you how to economically design steel structural members and connections.

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This free online course in the Design of Steel Structures will provide you with design procedures for steel structural members and connections. This course will broaden your knowledge of how to design suitable bolt and weld connections for steel structures. You will learn about the step-by-step process of designing tension and compression members, including lacing systems and batten plates. You will also learn how to design beams, bases and more.
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    20-30 Hours
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In this free online Advanced Diploma Course in the Design of Steel Structures, you will be exposed to the steps in designing suitable members and connections for steel structures, with examples to demonstrate such designs. This free course begins with explaining the importance of steel as a structural material and how to design the various types of bolt and weld connections. You will then learn about the process of designing eccentric connections with load lying on the bolt or weld connection. 

This free course will then proceed to teach you the design procedures for tension and compression members. You will then learn about the steps in designing lacing systems and batten plates. The course will also teach you how to design laterally supported and unsupported beams. Lastly, you will learn how to design a gantry girder for an overhead crane system as well as suitable column bases steel structures.

Furthermore, the modules of this course provide worked-out examples and diagrams to illustrate the steps in designing the various members and connections of steel structures, in order to guide structural designers in designing suitable and economical steel structures. So, if you are a structural designer, engineer, or one who wants to get advanced insights on how steel structural members and connections are designed, this course is for you. Start this course today, to get profound insight on how to economically design steel structures members and connection without compromising the quality of the structure. 

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Overview of Design of Steel Structures

Bolt Connections

Weld Connections

Eccentric Connections

Tension Members

Design of Tension Members and Connectors

Advanced Diploma in Design of Steel Structures - First Assessment

Compression Members

Design of Compression Members and Lacing Systems

Design of Batten Plates and Column Splices

Laterally Supported Beams

Laterally Unsupported Beams

Purlins and Gantry Girders

Column Bases

Advanced Diploma in Design of Steel Structures - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the design methodology of bolt and weld connections
  • Explain how to design a bolt or weld connection that can carry an eccentric load
  • Describe how to calculate the design strength and net area of tension members
  • Discuss the methods of determining the compressive strength and stress of a column or member
  • Outline the steps in designing a compression member
  • Explain how to design single and double lacing systems
  • Discuss how to design a batten system using weld or bolt connections
  • Recall how to design column splices
  • Define the steps in designing a laterally supported beam under high or low shear
  • Outline the basic steps in designing a laterally unsupported beam
  • Discuss the design procedures for purlins and gantry girders
  • State the steps in designing a slab base and a gusseted base


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