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Introduction to Structural Systems

Learn about structural requirements, structural typology, compressive & temporary structures in this free online course.

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Introduction to Structural Systems free online course will teach you about the basic structural properties for choosing the correct material for a building. Then, you will learn about the structural requirements with regards to design and structural arrangement of the physical components of a building as well as about structural typology, compressive & temporary structures. Start this course today and learn more about structural systems.
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Introduction to Structural Systems free online course will teach you about the structural properties and the forces that act on objects. You will learn about how the different components of a building are arranged in order to make it stable and durable. You will gain an understanding of the importance of selecting the proper materials for a structure. This course will also teach you about different structural systems and their properties.

This course begins by introducing you to the basic structural properties, the force and moment that acts on structures as well as the types of loads, stress, and strain. You will then learn about the requirements for a structure such as having static equilibrium, strength and rigidity. You will also learn about structural arrangements, structural forms and shapes as well as structural materials. Furthermore, you will learn about the classifications of basic forms of structure and types of tensile, temporary and compressive structures.

This free online course will increase your understanding of structural systems, their components, how they are being used and their advantages and disadvantages. You will learn about how tensile structures differ from compressive structures and how temporary structures are important for support. This course will be of great interest for the future architects, engineers and professionals in this field. Start this course today and broaden your knowledge of structural systems.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the basic structural properties for building.
  • Evaluate the structural requirements in building structures.
  • Discuss the structural arrangement of the components of a
  • Explain how structural efficiency is affected with regards to
    structural forms and shapes.
  • Explain the meaning of compressive structures in architecture.
  • Define tensile structures in architecture.
  • Explain how the roof and lateral loads are born by walls in
    load bearing structures.
  • Identify structures that are considered as temporary


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