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Elements of the Theory of Structures

Elements of the Theory of Structures


  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521550659

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  • A good grasp of the theory of structures - the theoretical basis by which the strength, stiffness and stability of a building can be understood - is fundamental to structural engineers and architects. Yet most modern structural analysis and design is carried out by computer, with the user isolated from the processes in action. This book provides a broad introduction to the mathematics behind a range of structural processes. The basic structural equations have been known for at least 150 years, but modern plastic theory has opened up a fundamentally new way of advancing structural theory. Paradoxically, the powerful plastic theorems can be used to examine 'classic' elastic design activity, and strong mathematical relationships exist between these two approaches. Some of the techniques used in this book may be familiar to the reader, and some may not, but each of the topics examined will give the structural engineer valuable insight into the basis of the subject. This lucid volume provides a valuable read for structural engineers and others who wish to deepen their knowledge of the structural analysis and design of buildings.

    • Fundamental review of the mathematical basis of structural analysis and design
    • Clear but rigorous mathematics leads to far-reaching general conclusions
    • Wide range of topics are used to illustrate all aspects of the behaviour of structures
    • For practising structural engineers and architects, and graduate students
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521550659
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The theory of structures
    2. Virtual work
    3. Betti, Maxwell, Müller-Breslau, Melchers
    4. Jettied construction
    5. Clebsch, Macaulay, Wittrick, Lowe
    6. The elastica
    7. Mechanisms of collapse
    8. The absolute minimum-weight design of frames
    9. Inverse design of grillages
    10. The relation between incremental and static plastic collapse
    11. The bending of a beam of trapezoidal cross-section
    12. The simple plastic bending of beams
    13. Leaning walls
    domes and fan vaults
    the error function
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Jacques Heyman, University of Cambridge

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