Strength of Materials and Structures


  • Carl T. F. Ross, BSc, PhD, DSc, CEng, FRINA, Professor of Structural Dynamics, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • The late John Case, Formerly Royal Naval College, Plymouth, UK
  • A. Chilver, Formerly Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK

Engineers need to be familiar with the fundamental principles and concepts in materials and structures in order to be able to design structurers to resist failures. For 4 decades, this book has provided engineers with these fundamentals.Thoroughly updated, the book has been expanded to cover everything on materials and structures that engineering students are likely to need. Starting with basic mechanics, the book goes on to cover modern numerical techniques such as matrix and finite element methods. There is also additional material on composite materials, thick shells, flat plates and the vibrations of complex structures. Illustrated throughout with worked examples, the book also provides numerous problems for students to attempt.
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Undergraduate mechanical, manufacturing and civil engineers.


Book information

  • Published: August 1999
  • ISBN: 978-0-340-71920-6


'..this book is well produced with plenty of examples in it.' The Times Higher Education Supplement (Textbook Guide), November 24, 2000

Table of Contents

Preface * Introduction * Tension and compression: direct stress * Pin-jointed frames or trusses * Shearing stress * Joints and connections * Analysis of stress and strain * Thin shells under internal pressure * Bending moments and shearing forces * Geometrical properties of cross-sections * Longitudinal stresses in beams * Shearing stresses in beams * Beams of two materials * Bending stresses and direct stresses combined * Deflections of beams * Built-in and continuous beams * Plastic bending of mild-steel beams * Torsion of circular shafts and thin-walled tubes * Energy methods * Buckling of columns and beams * Lateral deflections of circular plates * Torsion of non-circular sections * Thick circular cylinders, discs and spheres * Introduction to matrix algebra * Matrix methods of structural analysis * The finite element method * Structural vibrations.