Course Title : Structural Design

Code 10F009
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Mon 2nd
Location C1-173
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Yoshikazu Takahashi,Masahide Matsumura

Course Description

This course provides the knowledge of the structural planning and design for civil infrastructures. Fundamentals of the reliability of structures based on the probability and statistics are given. Emphasis is placed on the reliability index and the calibration of partial safety factors in the LRFD design format. Furthermore, the relationship between structure and form is discussed with various examples.


Assessed by term-end examination, reports and quizes

Course Goals

To understand the structural planning and design for civil infrastructures.
To understand the reliability-based design of structures.
To deepen the understanding of the relationship between structure and form.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Structural Planning 2 Structural Planning of civil infrastructures is introduced. The concept, significance of planning, characteristics of civil infrastructures are discussed. Practical planning process of a bridge is explained.
Structure and Form 3 The bridge types such as girder, truss, arch and suspension bridge that have been regarded individually are explained as an integrated concept from the viewpoint of acting forces to understand the structural systems which have continuous or symmetrical relationships. Furthermore, various examples are discussed based on the understanding of the structural systems.
Structural Design and Performance-based Design 3 Design theory of civil infrastructures is introduced. The allowable stress design method and the limit state design method are explained. The basic of earthquake resistant design is discussed based on the dynamic response of structures. Performance-based design is also introduced.
Random Variables and Functions of Random Variables 1 Fundamentals of random variables, functions of random variables, probability of failure and reliability index in their simplest forms are lectured.
Structural Safety Analysis 3 Limit states, probability of failure, FOSM reliability index, Hasofer-Lind reliability index, Monte Carlo method are lectured.
Design Codes 2 Code format as Load and Resistance Factors Design (LRFD) method, calibration of partial safety factors based on the reliability method are given.
Assessment of the Level of Attainment 1 Assess the level of attainment.


Reliability of Structures, A. S. Nowak & K. R. Collins, McGraw-Hill, 2000


U.Baus, M.Schleich, Footbridges, Birkhauser, 2008(Japanese ver.: Footbridges(translated by Kubota, et al.), 鹿島出版会, 2011)
久保田善明, 『橋のディテール図鑑』, 鹿島出版会, 2010
Other books will be given in the lectures as necessary.


Fundamental knowledge on Probability and Statistics, and Structural Mechanics

Independent Study Outside of Class


Web Sites

Additional Information

Structural planning and design will be given by Y. Takahashi, and Structural reliability analysis by M. Matsumura.