Advanced design of steel structures

By Prof. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 779
About the course: The proposed course is designed to enhance and strengthen the knowledge on detailed design methods for steel structures, in compliance with Indian and International codes. Detailed numerical modelling for preliminary analysis and design of steel members under special loads like fire, impact loads, ice loads and blast loads will be discussed. This course also covers topics on stability analysis of steel structures and supported by Matlab programs

PRE-REQUISITES: 4th year Civil engg, PG students of 1st Sem

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG students of Civil Engg, PG students of structural engineering, PG students of Mech, Aerospace and Appl Mech, Faculty of civil engineering, PG students of Ocean engg and Naval arch, MS and PhD scholars of the above discipline

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: L&T, ONGC, DGNP, and all major consulting organizations in the country
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Ocean Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

1. Introduction to various geometric forms of structures- Loads on engineering structures- Failure analysis of members in 2d and 3d stress states-Comparison of failure theories- Material properties of structural steel under normal and high temperature - Design methods and code compliance.
2. Plastic behaviour of structures- shape factor- Moment curvature relationships- upper and lower bound theorems-estimate of collapse loads- plastic design
3. Stability analysis of beam-column under axial tension and compression- Beam-column with elastic support- stability analysis of frames using stiffness approach- Stability functions- Matlab programs
4. Unsymmetric bending- curved beams with small and large initial curvature- Crane hooks- Matlab programs
5. Column design phenomenon- lateral buckling- torsional buckling- stiffeners- Beam-column design- Open sections- lateral and torsional buckling of open sections- Examples from different codes of practice (Euro Code, Australian code and Indian code)
6. Blast loads - impact loads- ice-infested loads on structures- fire loads- fire-resistant design
7. Design examples of large industrial structures like production offshore steel platform, Postulated analysis of nuclear power plant elements etc.

Books and references

  1. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran and A.K.Jain. 2016. Ocean structures: Construction, Materials, and Operations, CRC Press, Florida, ISBN: 978-149-87-9742-9.
  2. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran. 2015b. Advanced Marine structures, CRC Press, Florida (USA), ISBN 978-149-87-3968-9.
  3. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran. 2018. Advanced structural analysis with Matlab. CRC Press, USA, ISBN:978-0-367-02645-5
  4. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran and Gaurav Srivastava. 2018. Design aids of offshore structures under special environmental loads including fire resistance, Springer, Singapore. ISBN: 978-981-10-7607-7
  5. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran. 2019. Advanced steel design of structures, CRC Press, Florida, ISBN: 978-036-72-3290-0 
  6. ASCE. 2010. Design of blast-resistant buildings in petrochemical facilities, Task Committee on Blast-resistant design-Design Handbook by ASCE, Virginia, ISBN:978-0-7844-1088-2.

Instructor bio

Prof. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran

IIT Madras
Prof. Srinivasan Chandrasekaran is a full professor (HAG) and is well-known academician with a teaching and research experience of about 30 years. He has authored about 17 text books, and 170 journal papers in the domain of structural engineering. His NPTEL courses are very popular and has benefitted more than about 50,000 participants, in both India and abroad. Lectures of the course will be delivered in class-room style, for which the instructor is very popular. Extensive support for Matlab program with computer codes and solved examples will be discussed by the dels-developed codes by the instructor.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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