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Basic Structures. 3rd Edition

  • ID: 3335817
  • Book
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Structural engineering is a key part of the design of the entire built environment. How a structure, for example a building or bridge, behaves when subjected to various forces the weight of the materials that were used to build it, the weight of the occupants in it or the traffic it carries, the force of the wind etc is fundamental to its success. Students of construction, architecture and civil engineering have to be confident in their understanding of structures, but many find the basic concepts difficult to understand and apply.Basic Structures was written to:

  • explain structural concepts using analogies and examples to illustrate the key points
  • express the mathematical aspects of the subject as clearly as possible and in context with the concepts involved
  • maintain reader interest by using real–life examples and case histories to underline the relevance of the material

As such it provides the student with a clear explanation of structural concepts using many analogies, diagrams, clear examples and exercises. These concepts are illustrated in a range of case studies and the book contains many full colour photographs and line illustrations. This new edition sees the addition of 7 new chapters which together serve as an easy introduction to some more advanced topics in structural engineering and design.

Like the preceding two editions, this third edition continues to give students of civil engineering, architecture and related disciplines such as quantity surveying, building surveying, construction management and architectural technology, a thorough grounding in the fundamentals and a ′feel′ for the way buildings behave structurally.

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Introduction ix

Acknowledgements xiv

1 What is structural engineering? 1

2 Learn the language: a simple explanation of terms used by structural engineers 9

3 How do structures (and parts of structures) behave? 12

4 Force, mass and weight 27

5 Loading dead or alive 33

6 Equilibrium a balanced approach 39

7 More about forces: resultants and components 45

8 Moments 56

9 Reactions 71

10 Different types of support and what s a pin? 78

11 A few words about stability 86

12 Introduction to the analysis of pin–jointed frames 99

13 Method of resolution at joints 104

14 Method of sections 127

15 Graphical method 135

16 Shear force and bending moments 145

17 This thing called stress 177

18 Direct (and shear) stress 182

19 Bending stress 194

20 Combined bending and axial stress 217

21 Structural materials: concrete, steel, timber and masonry 231

22 More on materials 243

23 How far can I span? 249

24 Calculating those loads 257

25 An introduction to structural design 268

26 More on structural types and forms 305

27 An introduction to deflection 325

28 Shear stress

29 Buckling and torsion

30 3–pinned arches and frames

31 Virtual work

32 Mohr s circle

33 Trusses without numbers

34 Plastic analysis

Further reading 339

Appendix 1: Weights of common building materials 341

Appendix 2: Conversions and relationships between units 343

Appendix 3: Mathematics associated with right–angled triangles 345

Appendix 4: Symbols 347

Appendix 5: A checklist for architects 348

Appendix 6: Getting more out of civil engineering

Index 349

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Philip Garrison
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