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CE 535 - (3) (Y)
Transportation Systems Planning and Analysis I: Framework
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or CE 344 and 444, or permission of instructor
Framework and principles of urban transportation planning; transportation decision making; transportation data and information systems; analysis and evaluation of alternatives; forecasts of population and socioeconomic activity, small area land use allocation; introduction to supply-demand equilibrium, trip generation, trip distribution, modal choice, traffic assignment, quick response model applications.

CE 601 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Prerequisites: Undergraduate mechanics and mathematics
Review of basic stress-strain concepts; constitutive relations. Study of unsymmetrical bending, shear center, and shear flow. Analysis of curved flexural members, beams on elastic foundation, torsion, bending, and twisting of thin walled sections. Theories of failure, other selected topics. Cross-listed as AM 601.

CE 602 - (3) (Y)
Continuum Mechanics With Applications
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Introduction to continuum mechanics and mechanics of deformable solids. Vectors and cartesian tensors, stress, strain, deformation, equations of motion, constitutive laws, introduction to elasticity, thermal elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, and fluids. Cross-listed as APMA 602, AM 602, MAE 602.

CE 603 - (3) (Y)
Computational Solid Mechanics
Corequisite: CE 602
Variational and computational mechanics of solids, potential energy, complementary energy, virtual work, Reissner's principle, Ritz and Galerkin methods. Displacement, force and mixed methods of analysis. Finite element analysis, including shape functions, convergence and integration. Applications in solid mechanics. Cross-listed as AM 603, MAE 603.

CE 604 - (3) (E)
Plates and Shells
Prerequisites: APMA 541, CE 601 or CE 602
Classical analysis of plates and shells. Plates of various shapes (rectangular, skew) and shells of various shapes (cylindrical, conical, spherical, hyperbolic, paraboloid). Closed-form numerical and approximate methods of solution of governing partial differential equations. Advanced topics (large deflection theory, thermal stresses, orthotropic plates). Cross-listed as AM 604, MAE 604.

CE 613 - (3) (Y)
Pavement Management
Prerequisite: CE 444 or permission of instructor
A study of the tools that are required to formulate a prioritization procedure that will lead to a realistic and rational way of establishing candidate projects for priority programming at both the network and project level pavement management systems. Topics include: Methods for obtaining distress measurements and pavement condition ratings for flexible and rigid pavements; prioritizing procedures for establishing priority listings for rehabilitation and maintenance activities.

CE 614 - (3) (Y)
Pavement Engineering
Prerequisite: CE 444 or permission of instructor
An in-depth study of the different techniques for designing rigid and flexible pavements including the design techniques for overlaying asphalt and strengthening of existing rigid pavements. Emphasis is placed on the basic response of pavements to load and other input variables, and the relation between pavement rating, materials, and design.

CE 615 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Soil Mechanics
Prerequisite: CE 316
Chemistry and physics of soils, strength and deformation characteristics of soils, time rate of consolidation, earth pressures, bearing capacity, seepage, and slope stability.

CE 616 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Foundations
Prerequisites: CE 316, CE 326
Subsurface investigation, control of groundwater, analysis of sheeting and bracing systems, shallow foundations, pile foundations, retaining walls, bridge abutments, caissons and cofferdams.

CE 620 - (3) (Y)
Energy Principles in Mechanics
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Derivation, interpretation, and application to engineering problems of the principles of virtual work and complementary virtual work. Related theorems such as the principles of the stationary value of the total potential and complementary energy, Castigiliano's Theorems, theorem of least work, and unit force and displacement theorems. Introduction to generalized, extended, mixed, and hybrid principles. Variational methods of approximation, Hamilton's principle, and Lagrange's equations of motion. Approximate solutions to problems in structural mechanics by use of variational theorems. Cross-listed as AM 620, MAE 620.

CE 623 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Free and forced vibration of undamped and damped single-degree-of-freedom systems and undamped multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Use of Lagrange's equations, Laplace transform, matrix formulation, and other solution methods. Normal mode theory. Introduction to vibration of continuous systems. Cross-listed as AM 623, MAE 623.

CE 632 - (3) (Y)
Project Management
Prerequisite: CE 441
The contractual, legal and financial considerations in construction management of transportation projects. The planning and scheduling of projects with the aid of the Critical Path Methods networks including the arrow-on-line and precedence of diagramming, the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique (GERT). Simulation methods to determine probable project duration time and cost distributions. Cash flow analyses of early start schedules and resource leveling techniques. A method of resource leveling will be given. A number of transportation case studies and a review of recent research papers.

CE 635 - (3) (Y)
Transportation Systems Planning and Analysis
II: Computational Methods
Prerequisite: CE 535
Introduction to computerized methodologies for transportation systems planning and analysis; UTPS Models; MINUTP introduction, examples, case study for alternatives evaluation; model calibration procedures, applications.

CE 636 - (3) (Y)
Traffic Operations
Covers the methods for evaluating the impact on the quality of traffic operations due to the interaction of the three main components of the highway mode; the driver, the vehicles and the road. This includes the collection and analysis of traffic operations data, fundamentals of traffic flow theory, analysis of capacity and level of service and accident analysis.

CE 637 - (3) (Y)
Traffic Systems Management
Prerequisites: CE 344, CE 444 or permission of instructor
A study of different transportation systems management strategies including their long-range impact on efficient use of the systems and on safety. Traffic signals, isolated intersections, arterials and network. Geometrics, HOV lanes, and safety. A case study will also be conducted of a system in operation.

CE 638 - (3) (Y)
Public Transportation
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
The application of transportation systems and technologies in an urban context. Management and operation of public transit systems. Comparative costs and capabilities of transit modes.

CE 640 - (3) (Y)
Wastewater Treatment
Prerequisite: CE 430 or permission of instructor
The purpose of this course is to present a concise summary of wastewater treatment processes, with emphasis on applications to municipal and industrial wastewaters. Physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes are discussed. The course also covers practices of removing conventional and toxic pollutants in wastewaters.

CE 641 - (3) (Y)
Water Quality Modeling
Prerequisite: CE 430 or permission of instructor
This is a first course in surface water quality modeling. The emphasis is on the basic understanding of the mechanisms and interactions that give rise to various types of water quality behavior. This course is designed to meet a very simple need-dissemination of the fundamentals and principles which underlie the mathematical modeling techniques used to analyze the quality of surface waters. Students will practice wasteload allocations using a variety of water quality models on microcomputer systems.

CE 643 - (3) (Y)
Theory of Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport
Prerequisite: CE 336 or permission of instructor
Provides a theoretical framework for understanding groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Topics include a review of basic groundwater hydrology principles, characteristics of a porous medium, derivation of flow and solute transport equations for multi-phase systems, and the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the subsurface.

CE 644 - (3) (Y)
Water Chemistry for Environmental Engineering
Prerequisites: CHEM 151, CHEM 151L, and graduate standing
Teaches the basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry as applied to problems in environmental engineering, including water and wastewater treatment, contaminant hydrology, and hazardous-waste management. Specific topics include analytical instrumentation, acid-base chemistry, reaction kinetics, precipitation and dissolution, organic and surface chemistry, and chlorine chemistry for water disinfection.

CE 653 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: CE 336 or permission of instructor
This course stresses the quantitative description and the physical basis of hydrology. Both deterministic and stochastic methodology are applied to the analysis of the hydrologic cycle, namely, precipitation, evaporation, overland flow and stream flow, infiltration, and groundwater flow will be discussed. Throughout the course the use of computer simulation models, especially microcomputer based models, will be emphasized.

CE 656 - (3) (Y)
Environmental Systems Analysis
Prerequisite: CE 341 or permission of instructor
Emphasizes the formulation of environmental management issues as optimization problems. Simulation models are presented and then combined with optimization algorithms. Environmental systems to be addressed include stream quality, air quality, water supply, waste management, groundwater remediation, and reservoir operations. Optimization techniques presented include linear, integer, and separable programming, dynamic programming and nonlinear programming.

CE 665 - (3) (Y)
Mechanics of Composite Materials
Prerequisite: Knowledge of strength of materials and a computer language
Engineering properties and mechanics of fibrous, laminated composites. Review of stress, strain, equilibrium, and tensor notation. Micromechanics, lamina, laminates, anisotropic materials, classical lamination theory, stiffness and strength, interlaminar stresses, fabrication, and test methods. Thermal stresses. Analysis, design and computerized implementation. Cross-listed as AM 665.

CE 666 - (3) (Y)
Stress Analysis of Composites
Prerequisite: CE 565 (AM 565)
3-D anisotropic constitutive theory, edge effects and interlaminar stresses, failure criteria, fracture, anisotropic elasticity, micromechanics, laminated plates, hygro-thermal effects, conduction and diffusion. Cross-listed as AM 666.

CE 671 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Finite Element Methods
Prerequisite: CE 471 or equivalent
Fundamentals and basic concepts of the finite element method; modeling and discretization; application to one-dimensional problems; direct stiffness method; element characteristics; interpolation functions; extension to plane stress problems.

CE 672 - (3) (Y)
Numerical Methods in Structural Mechanics
Prerequisite: CE 471
Solutions to the static, dynamic, and buckling behavior of determinate and indeterminate structures by numerical procedures, including finite difference and numerical integration techniques.

CE 675 - (3) (SI)
Theory of Structural Stability
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Introduction to the elastic stability of structural and mechanical systems. Classical stability theory and buckling of beams, trusses, frames, arches, rings and thin plates and shells. Derivation of design formulas. Computational formulation and implementation. Cross-listed as AM 675.

CE 677 - (3) (SI)
Risk and Reliability in Structural Engineering
Prerequisites: Background in probability and statistics
Fundamental concepts of structural reliability. Definitions of performance and safety, uncertainty in loadings, materials and modeling. Analysis of loadings and resistance. Evaluation of existing design codes. Development of member design criteria. Stability, fatigue and fracture criteria, reliability of structural systems.

CE 681 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Design of Metal Structures
Prerequisite: CE 401
Properties of metals, elemental response to axial, flexural and torsional stresses. Lateral and local buckling, brittle fracture and fatigue. Welded and fastened connections. Thin gauge metals. Inelastic behavior and plastic design theory. Plate girder design. Current research activity.

CE 683 - (3) (O)
Prestressed Concrete Design
Prerequisite: CE 326 or equivalent
Prestressing materials and concepts, working stress analysis and design for flexure, strength analysis and design for flexure, prestress losses, design for shear, composite prestressed beams, continuous prestressed beams, prestressed concrete systems concepts, load balancing, slab design.

CE 684 - (3) (E)
Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
Prerequisite: CE 326
Advanced topics in reinforced concrete design, including design of slender columns, deflections, torsion in reinforced concrete. Design of continuous frames and two-way floor systems. Introduction to design of tall structures in reinforced concrete. Design of shear walls.

CE 685 - (3) (SI)
Experimental Mechanics
Prerequisite: CE 323
Theories and techniques for the determination of static and dynamic stresses, strains and deformations. Studies include photoelastic, electrical, mechanical, and optical methods and instruments. Both models and full-scale specimens will be used in experimental testing.

CE 691 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Detailed study of special topics in civil engineering. Master's-level graduate students.

CE 693 - (Credit as arranged) (Y)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member. Master's-level graduate students.

CE 695 - (Credit as arranged) (Y)
Supervised Project Research
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Master's-level graduate students.

CE 696 - (1) (Y)
Graduate Seminar
Weekly meeting of master's-level graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary research and practice in civil engineering. This seminar is offered for credit every spring semester.

CE 700 - (0) (Y)
Graduate Seminar
Prerequisite: For students who have established resident credit
Weekly meeting of graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary research and practice in civil engineering. This seminar is offered every spring semester.

CE 724 - (3) (Y)
Dynamics of Structures
Prerequisites: Concrete and metal structure design and CE 623
Study of the dynamic behavior of such structures as beams, rigid frames, floors, bridges, and multi-story buildings under the action of various disturbing forces such as wind, blasts, earthquakes, vehicles, machinery, etc.

CE 725 - (3) (Y)
Random Vibrations
Prerequisite: A background in probability theory and vibration analysis
Review of probability theory. Stochastic processes, with an emphasis on continuous, continuously parametered processes. Mean square calculus, Markov processes, diffusion equations, Gaussian processes, and Poisson processes. Response of SDOF, MDOF, and continuous linear and nonlinear models to random excitation. Upcrossings, first passage problems, fatigue and stability considerations. Monte Carlo simulation, analysis of digital time series data, and filtered excitation models. Cross-listed as AM 725.

CE 731 - (3) (IR)
Project Planning
Prerequisites: CE 632, CE 635
Planning of public facilities in contemporary society. Review of common social, economic, and environmental impact considerations in the location and design of corridor or point facilities. Cost parameters. Comprehensive methods of evaluating and combining tangible and intangible factors including cost benefit, cost effectiveness, goals, achievement, planning balance sheet, risk profiles, preference theories, mapping, and factor analysis methods. Case studies.

CE 732 - (3) (IR)
Transportation Systems Planning and Analysis III: Integrated Model Systems
Prerequisites: CE 535, CE 635
Advanced transportation systems analysis concepts; integrated model systems and applications; NETSIM and MINUTP; TRAF model system: FREFLOW; real time computer-aided tools; IVHS software; expert systems applications; neural networks; applications: incident management; real time network analysis.

CE 734 - (3) (IR)
Traffic Flow Theory
Prerequisites: CE 636, APMA 543 or equivalent
Theoretical and computer applications of mathematical models of traffic flow. Deterministic and stochastic traffic flow models. Queuing theory and its application including cases where arrival rates exceed service rates. Acceleration noise and traffic simulation.

CE 735 - (3) (IR)
Intermodal Transportation
Prerequisites: CE 635, CE 638
The structure of the domestic freight and passenger transportation in the United States. Focus on the integration of modes, economic impacts, national transportation policy and advanced technology. Case studies of contemporary examples of intermodal integration.

CE 736 - (3) (IR)
Financing Transportation Infrastructure
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
The financing of transportation systems and services is an important element in the process of developing new or renovated facilities. This course develops familiarity with financing techniques that have been proposed or used by localities and state agencies. Consideration is given to advantages and disadvantages and the conditions appropriate to their application.

CE 737 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Topics in Transportation
Prerequisite: CE 635
The focus is on selected contemporary problems in transportation which are of interest to the students and faculty. Seminars, guest lecturers, projects.

CE 742 - (3) (SI)
Modeling Environmental Fate and Effects of Contaminants
Prerequisite: CE 641 or permission of instructor
Designed as a follow-up course for Water Quality Modeling, this course covers a number of modeling applications. The course is organized to apply water quality models to regulatory oriented water quality problems. Our emphasis is to read the water quality data using models. Further, model results serve as a rational basis for making water quality control decisions. Each student will conduct an individual water quality modeling study using actual data.

CE 746 - (3) (Y)
Groundwater Modeling
Prerequisite: CE 643 or permission of instructor
Introduces the fundamentals of modeling groundwater systems. Emphasizes the evaluation, development, and application of computer models. Modeling techniques include analytical solutions, finite difference and finite element methods, particle tracking, and inverse modeling. Models are applied to flow and transport in saturated and unsaturated groundwater systems.

CE 754 - (3) (SI)
Stormwater Management and Nonpoint Source Pollution Control
Prerequisite: CE 315 or permission of instructor
Discusses nonpoint source pollution in general, and stormwater-induced pollution in particular. Emphasis is on stormwater management planning and design in an urban setting. An integrated watershed management approach in nonpoint source pollution control is described. Topics include sources and impact of nonpoint pollution; stormwater regulations; combined sewer overflow problems; best management practices; such as detention ponds and constructed wetlands; design methodologies; and institutional considerations.

CE 767 - (3) (SI)
Micromechanics of Heterogeneous Media
Prerequisite: CE 602
Averaging principles, equivalent homogencity, effective moduli, bounding principles, self-consistent schemes, composite spheres, concentric cylinders, three phase model, repeating cell models, inelastic and nonlinear effects, thermal effects, isotropic and anisotropic media, strength and fracture. Cross-listed as APMA 767, AM 767.

CE 773 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Finite Element Applications in Structural Engineering
Prerequisites: CE 671 or equivalent
Development and application of two- and three-dimensional finite elements; plate bending; isoparametric formulation; solid elements; nonlinear element formulation with application to material and geometric nonlinearities; stability problems; formulation and solution of problems in structural dynamics; use of commercial computer codes.

CE 776 - (3) (SI)
Non-Linear Structural Systems
Prerequisites: CE 671 or CE 672 or permission of instructor
Deflection theory. Analysis of arches, suspension bridges, cable supported roof systems, guyed towers, lattice domes and space trusses. Wind-induced vibration, creep effects, visco-elastic behavior of structures.

CE 780 - (3) (SI)
Optimum Structural Design
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
An introduction to the basic concepts, numerical methods and applications of optimum design to civil engineering structures; formulation of the optimum design problems; development of analysis techniques including linear and nonlinear programming and optimality criteria; examples illustrating application to steel and concrete structures.

CE 782 - (3) (E-O)
Design of Slab and Shell Structures
Prerequisites: CE 683 or CE 684
Using both exact and simplified methods of thin shell theory, such structures as domes, cyclindrical roofs, tanks, hyperbolic paraboloids, folder plate roofs, and suspension forms are analyzed and designed. Effects of stiffening beams and edge stress are studied. Considerations are given to erection, economy and aesthetics.

CE 791 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Civil Engineering
Detailed study of special topics in civil engineering. Doctoral-level graduate students.

CE 793 - (Credit as arranged) (Y)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member. Doctoral-level graduate students.

CE 795 - (Credit as arranged) (Y)
Supervised Project Research
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Doctoral-level graduate student.

CE 796 - (1) (Y)
Graduate Seminar
Weekly meeting of doctoral-level graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary research and practice in civil engineering.

CE 897 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction
For master's students.

CE 898 - (Credit as arranged) (Y)
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

CE 997 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction
For doctoral students.

CE 999 - (Credit as arranged) (Y)
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

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