Structural Engineering (SE) Vertical and Lateral Sample Questions

Structural Engineering exam is specifically designed for Civil Engineering professionals and has a different exam format than Professional Engineering (PE) exam. To pass in the exam, one should have a basic knowledge about structural engineering exam sample questions to solve them confidently.

In this article, we will cover few practice problems for both vertical and lateral components.

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Vertical Forces Sample Questions:

1.You are hired as a quality control associate on a project and you have noticed a possible hazardous condition at the site. What would be your first action?

(A) Inform the condition to the owner
(B) Halt the construction
(C) Inform the condition to OSHA
(D) Bring this to contractor’s notice.

2.The beam displayed is administered to a constant load and a moving concentrated load.

Design details:
Uniform live load: 1 Kilopounds per Linear Foot (KLF)
Concentrated live load: 10 Kilopounds

The constant live load may lengthen the beam from A to C.

The ultimate live load shear (kips) on the right of Support B is most nearly:

(A) 36
(B) 46
(C) 32
(D) 40
Lateral Forces Sample Questions:

1.The below figure shows the view of a tilt-up concrete wall warehouse roof.

Design Code:
ASCE 7: Min. Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 2010.

Design Data:
Roof: 26 feet, A.F.F.
Top of panel: 26 feet, A.F.F.
Roof DL: 15 psf
Panel DL: 70 psf


Assumption: Cs = 0.15

The seismic chord force (Kilopounds) at Point A is most nearly:

(A) 21.1
(B) 11.3
(C) 45.5
(D) 24.9

2.The below figure shows the plan of a rigid floor diaphragm.

Design Codes:
IBC: International Building Code, 2012 edition (without supplements).
ASCE 7: Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures,2010.

Design Data:
There are shear walls on all the four sides.
The calculated story of a seismic shear is 75 Kilopounds.
The calculated center of gravity is shown.

The total torsion (ft-kips) is to be distributed to the shear walls is most nearly:

(A) 563
(B) 375
(C) 0
(D) 750
These are some of the sample problems and you can see more sample questions from the study guides or from any other offline or online resources.


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