Introduction to Structures


  • W R Spillers, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

This book focuses on the changes made in building science and practice by the advent of computers. It explains many more tools now available in the contemporary engineering environment. The book discusses the more commonly used topics of structural failure, cable-nets and fabric structures, and topics of non-linear analysis. Problems with solutions are provided.
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Structural engineers, engineering students, and academics


Book information

  • Published: September 2002
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-898563-94-5

Table of Contents

Introduction and review; Statically determinate structures; Deflections of structures; Statically indeterminate structures; Plastic analysis; Uses of cables; Moment distribution; Influence lines and their application; References; Appendices 1 The rotation matrix; Appendices 2 Geometric instability; Appendices 3 Discontinuous functions; Appendices 4 The Frenet formulas; Appendices 5 Kinematics of curved beams; Appendices 6 The degree of statical indeterminacy; Appendices 7 Some beam solutions; Appendices 8 A transcendental equation; Appendices 9 Effect of pre-stress; Index.