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Structural Modeling and Analysis

Structural Modeling and Analysis


  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521495363

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  • The study of structural analysis and design is a central subject in civil, aeronautical and mechanical engineering. This book presents a modern and unified introduction to structural analysis, with a strong emphasis on how structures actually behave. The unifying theme is the application of energy methods, developed without the formal mathematics of the calculus of variations. The energy approach makes it possible to articulate the logical relationship between equilibrium and compatibility; emphasise the unity of structural analysis, particularly for indeterminate structures; and identify the roles of idealization and discretization in structural modelling. Thus, energy methods also serve as a prelude to the main ideas behind modern computational approaches to structural analysis and design. As an aid to upper-level undergraduate students in mastering this material, the text includes numerous worked examples, as well as homework problems.

    • Clearly written, very accessible text with numerous examples and homework problems
    • Emphasis on how structures behave in the real world and on developing a way of thinking about and modelling structures
    • Use of energy methods as a means of presenting a unified introduction to structural modelling and analysis
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    '… because Dym writes with sufficient clarity to allow readers with a classic structural analysis background to develop a foundation on which to build computerized versions of stiffness and flexibility, his book will be an excellent foundation for understanding modern computational methods of stress analysis used in aeronautical, civil, and mechanical engineering. Readers needing background in fundamental energy methods will find this an excellent 'kick-starter' for preparing finite element techniques. A very positive recommendation for libraries collecting books on structural analysis.' W. C. Schnobrich, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521495363
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 184 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 131 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Structural mechanics: the big picture
    2. Structural models and modeling
    3. Elementary discrete structural models: energy approaches
    4. Bars: axially-loaded members
    5. Trusses: assemblages of bars
    6. Energy principles for calculating displacements and forces
    7. Beams: transversely-loaded members
    8. Calculating beam deflections
    9. Frames: assemblages of beams
    10. Force and displacement methods.

  • Author

    Clive L. Dym, Harvey Mudd College, California

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