ME in Structural Engineering

ME in Structural Engineering

2 years
Fee (Tentative)NPR 420,000

ME in Structural Engineering is a 2 years full time study program of Kathmandu University, offered in KU School of Engineering.



Candidates who have completed 4 years Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) with minimum 2.0 CGPA (on a maximum 4 point grading system) or 50% in aggregate marks are eligible to apply for the Master Degree Program in Structural Engineering

Curricular Structure

First Semester

Course Code Course Title Type Credits
MSTR500 Dynamics of Structures Core 3
MSTR501 Advanced Structural Analysis Core 3
MSTR503 Seismic Hazard Analysis and Retrofitting Techniques Core 3
  Elective I Elective 3
  Elective II Elective 3
Total Credits Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Code Course Title Type Credits
MSTR502 Seismic Resistant Design of Structures Core 3
MSTR504 Advanced Structural Design of Concrete Structures Core 3
MSTR505 Finite Element Method Core 3
  Elective III Elective 3
  Elective IV Elective 3
Total Credits Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Code Course Title Type Credits
MSTR506 Prescribed 1 Core 3
MSTR507 Prescribed 2 Core 3
MSTR508 Problem Assessment Project Core 9
Total Credits Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Code Course Title Type Credits
MSTR509 Research Thesis Core 15
Total Credits Hours 15

Elective (Semester I)

Course Code Course Title Type Credits
MSTR510 Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity Elective 3
MSTR511 Earthquake Disaster Management Elective 3
MSTR512 Computer Aided Design and Lab Works Elective 3
MSTR513 Design of Bridge Structure Elective 3
MSTR514 Elements of Non – Linear Structures Elective 3
MSTR515 Lab Tests on Concrete Elective 3

Elective (Semester II)

Course Code Course Title Type Credits
MSTR516 Advanced Design of Hydraulic Structures Elective 3
MSTR517 Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures Elective 3
MSTR518 Advanced Structural Design of Steel Structure Elective 3
MSTR519 Advanced Foundation Engineering Elective 3
MSTR520 Elements of Masonry Structures Elective 3
ITPG533 Research Methodology Elective 3

Note: Students will write a thesis in the fourth semester. However, the thesis work must start from the beginning of third semester, which is in the form of Project.

Detailed Description of the Course

1. (MSTR500) Dynamics of Structures: Core

Sources of vibration, Equation of Motion, Concept of Dynamic DOF and Constraints, Principle of vibration analysis, Responses of SDOF system to initial conditions, harmonic loading, impulse and step loading, Dynamic Amplification Factor, Numerical integration, Problems related to structural dynamics, Multi degree of freedom (MDOF) system, Dynamic analysis for MDOF system, Continuous system, Introduction to nonlinear dynamic analysis, Fundamental of dynamics, Free and force vibration analysis, Direct integration method for dynamic response

2. (MSTR501) Advanced Structural Analysis: Core

Review of fundamental concepts, Energy concepts in structures and transformation of information, Hyper-static and mobile structures, Flexibility and stiffness method, Direct stiffness method, Matrix displacement methods, Solution of linear system of equation, Introduction to finite element methods, Sub-structuring techniques and elastic supports, Non-linear solution techniques, Stability analysis

3.(MSTR503) Seismic Hazard Analysis: Core

Seismic hazard, Types of seismic hazard, Vulnerability, Vulnerability assessment, Seismology and earthquakes, Strong ground motion, Seismic hazard analysis, Seismic evaluation, Risk assessment of existing structures, Retrofitting technique, Hazard versus Risk, Seismic risk management, Risk mitigation.

4.(MSTR502) Seismic Resistant Design of Structures: Core

Seismological background, Behavior of buildings and structures during past earthquakes and lessons learnt, Goals of earthquake resistant design, Combination of gravity and seismic action, multimodal and multi directional response, spectral analysis, Earthquake resistant measures at planning stage, Geotechnical consideration, architectural consideration, irregularities, EQ resistant measures in sloping roof, foundations, general ductility requirements, behavior of concrete and steel confined concrete, Response spectrum analysis, Analysis of shear walls, Non-linear analysis of structures, Strong column weak beam, Capacity based design

5.(MSTR504) Advanced Structural Design of Concrete Structures: Core

Review of WSM and LSD, Inelastic behavior and ultimate load analysis, Design of special R.C. elements; Design of flat slabs Bunkers and silos, Stack-like structures (Chimneys), Elevated water tanks, Shells, Grid, corbels, hyperbolic structures.

6.(MSTR505) Introduction to Finite Element Methods: Core

Introduction to FEM, Discretization of the domain, Variational principles, Ritz techniques, Displacement based finite element method, Iso-parametric elements, Finite element analysis of plate and shell elements, Axi-symmetric stress analysis, Buckling and dynamic analysis, Smaller and general purpose programs, Nonlinear structural analysis, Dynamic problems, Pre and post processing, Application of FEM in civil engineering problems

7.(MSTR506) Prescribed 1

8.(MSTR507) Prescribed 2

9.(MSTR508) Problem Assessment Project

10.(MSTR509) Research Thesis: Core

11.(MSTR510) Theories of Elasticity and Plasticity: Elective

Elasticity, Basic equations of theory of elasticity, Analysis of stress and strain, Two dimensional problems in Cartesian coordinates, Two dimensional problems in polar coordinates, Formulation and solution of Elasticity problem, Introduction to plasticity, Yield and Failure criteria, Plastic behavior under plane stress conditions, Stress strain relationship for perfectly plastic materials, implementation in concrete.

12.(MSTR511) Earthquake Disaster Management: Elective

General meaning and definition of disaster related terminology, Types, characteristics, and sources of disasters, Concept of disaster cycles (pre, during, and post), Level of disaster and process of declaration, Earthquake as a Disaster, Socio-economic vulnerability, Framework for Earthquake risk management, Disaster management in Nepal, Roles of stake-holders, National policy, Response and recovery, Approaches of disaster management, Disaster and Risk

13.(MSTR512) Computer Aided Design and Lab Works: Elective

Introduction computer systems and facilities, Programming language, Computer graphics, Structural analysis, Design and optimization, Expert system, Data acquisition system

14.(MSTR513) Design of Bridge Structures: Elective

Introduction to bridge structures, Site selection and bridge type selection, Fundamentals for design and analysis of bridges, Bridge loading and responses, Method of lateral load distribution in bridge deck, Design of reinforced concrete bridges, Design of composite and steel bridges, Bridge bearing and expansion joint, Design of bridge substructure, Bridge construction methods, Evaluation of existing bridges, Construction and maintenance of bridge

15.(MSTR514) Elements of Non-linear Structures: Elective

Introduction to nonlinear analysis, Types and sources of nonlinearities, Vibration theory and analysis of flexural members, Nonlinear analysis of columns, Nonlinear analysis of trusses, Nonlinear analysis of frames, Nonlinear static analysis of plates, Nonlinear vibration and instability, Nonlinear solution procedures

16.(MSTR515) Lab Tests on Concrete/Structures: Elective

Destructives tests: Compressive test of concrete cubes, RC slab testing, Flexure test, Pull out test of concrete. Non- destructive tests: Ultrasonic test, Schmidt hammer test, Rebar detection test

17.(ITPG533) Research Methodology: Elective

18. (MSTR516) Advanced Design of Hydraulic Structures: Elective

Design procedure for irrigation channels, Irrigation outlets, Canal masonry works, Principles of design, Use of flow net, Khosla’s theory, Regulation works, Falls, Distributory head regulators, Cross regulators, Cross drainage works, Canal head works, Earth dams, Seismic design of Gravity dams, Spillways and energy dissipators, Escapes, Trench weirs, Supply channel and head regulator

19.(MSTR517) Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures: Elective

General principles of prestressed concrete,Losses,Design of Sections for flexure and shear, Deflections of prestressed concrete beams, Transfer of prestress in pretensioned members, Statically indeterminate structures.

20.(MSTR518) Advanced Structural Design of Steel Structures: Elective

Design of trussed girder bridges and bearing, Cold-formed light gauges steel sections, Multistory steel buildings, Cold-formed light gauges steel sections, Plastic analysis, Plastic analysis and design of portal frames, Limits states in steel design, Concrete-steel composite sections, Design of composite beams, Design of encased steel columns, trussed towers.

21. (MSTR519) Advanced Foundation Engineering: Elective

Classification of foundation, Shallow foundations in clay, Flexible analysis of shallow foundations by the theory of sub grade reaction, Deep foundations, Earth retaining structures, Seismic analysis of retaining structures, Bearing Capacity on Slopes, Settlement Analysis of Foundations in Sand and Clay, Settlement of Piles; Pile foundations-vertical and lateral loads; Negative skin friction of piles; Uplift capacity of piles and anchors; Foundations on expansive soils.

22. (MSTR520) Elements of Masonry Structures: Elective

History, types and trends of development of masonry structure, Materials and their properties for masonry structure, Strength and deformation of masonry, Reinforced masonry, Structural system of masonry constructions, Composite masonry structure, Behavior or structural properties of masonry members, Masonry structure analysis and design, Masonry arches, Specific problems of engineering and bridging masonry structure