This advanced course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of the nonlinearities typical of civil engineering structures, where large displacements and small deformations are usually considered.
We exclude the study of membrane-type elements with shape finding, but cover many of the relevant situations for modeling geometric nonlinearity and, in some cases, include both geometric and material nonlinearity.
Through a series of videos, including theory and 17 practical exercises in SAP2000, the student will be able to understand concepts such as the geometric matrix, p-delta, linear buckling, nonlinear buckling, large displacements, snap-through, ultimate load estimation, initial conditions, critical Euler load, post-buckling behavior and others.
The course contains references to design rules related to geometric nonlinearities and examples of typical situations such as buildings, isolated frame elements, shell and cable models.
SAP2000 is used in all the exercises, but the covered topics are universally applicable in the context of nonlinear geometric modeling.