Short Courses

Periodically, the Structural Stability Research Council offers short courses related to the stability of steel and steel-concrete composite structures. Practicing engineers and related construction practitioners (e.g., manufacturers, fabricators, erectors, detailers) are the intended audience for these courses. Typically half-day short courses are offered on the morning of the first day of NASCC: The Steel Conference. Parties interested in teaching materials related to past short courses should contact SSRC.

Upcoming Short Courses

The next short course is planned for Tuesday afternoon of the 2018 NASCC.

Short Course Library

SSRC has been involved with a number of short courses over the past few decades.  Many of these courses are presented intermittently.  If you have a strong desire to see a certain course presented at NASCC or some other venue, please contact us.  The SSRC shortcourse library includes the following:

  • Basic Design for Stability – Columns and Frames – This course consists of an overview on stability fundamentals as applicable to column and frame systems. The course was developed by Ted Galambos, Perry Green, Todd Helwig, and Joe Yura.  The 6-hour course was presented in a number of cities around the US from 2003-2006
  • Bracing for Stability – This course focuses on the stability bracing requirements for columns, frames, and beams. The course was first developed and presented at the 1995 NASCC/SSRC conference in San Antonio and subsequently presented at several venues throughout the US and Canada.  The 8-hour course was developed by Joe Yura and Todd Helwig.
  • Beam Buckling and Bracing – This course is actually a subset of the Bracing for Stability course outlined above. This 4-hour course focuses on solutions for beam buckling as well as lateral and torsional bracing of beam systems.  The course was presented at a number of past NASCC/SSRC sites as a Wednesday morning session (8am-noon).
  • Bracing for Stability: Columns and Frames – This course is a subset of the Bracing for Stability course outlined above. This 4-hour course focuses on bracing solutions for column and frame systems.  The course was presented at the 2014 NASCC/SSRC site conference in Toronto.
  • Fundamentals for Stability for Steel Design – This course consists of an 8-lecture series that was developed by Ron Ziemian, Perry Green, Todd Helwig, Don White, and Joe Yura. The course was developed as part of the AISC Night School Program and was presented online in the Summer of 2013.
  • Cold-Formed Steel Design for Secondary Building Framing Members – This 4-hour course was developed by Roger LaBoube and Mike Seek. The course focuses on applications involving the use of cold-formed steel members in conjunction with hot-rolled structural members.  The course was presented at past NASCC/SSRC sites as a Wednesday morning session (8am-noon).
  • Fundamentals of Stability for Steel Design – This basic course provides an overview of the behavior of compression, flexural, and beam-column members, as well as an introduction to system stability. Several strength limit states are covered, including elastic and inelastic flexural, lateral torsional, and flexural-torsional buckling, as well as full cross-section yielding. With an eye toward design, the difference between a bifurcation and an instability resulting from a loss in stiffness due to second-order effects and material yielding, as the maximum resistance of physical structures is approached, is emphasized. A full range of topics, including the direct analysis and effective length are reviewed. This 4 hour course was developed by Ron Ziemian and was presented at the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville, TN.