Elastic Beams and Frames - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9781898563860, 9780857099624

Elastic Beams and Frames

2nd Edition

Authors: J D Renton
eBook ISBN: 9780857099624
Paperback ISBN: 9781898563860
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st March 2002
Page Count: 416
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Statics; Elasticity; Beams with axial stresses; Torsion of beams; Shear of beams; Energy methods; General theory of beams; Stability of beams; Vibration of beams; Matrix analysis of structures; Computer analysis of frames; Influence lines; Optimum structures; Regular structures; Appendices: 1. Common notation; 2. How to use the structural analysis programs; 3. How to use the other programs; 4. Section properties and related formulae; 5. Properties of regular structures and standard solutions; 6. Tables of beam formulae, Stability and vibration functions; 7. The characteristic response of cones; 8. Elements of plate theory; 9. Further theoretical considerations; References and suggested reading; Index.


The book approaches the basic theory of structures from a different perspective from standard pedagogy. There is consideration of work and energy concepts as fundamental and the equations of statics derived from them. Likewise, these concepts, together with that of the characteristic response, are used in the derivation of beam theory. Plane sections remaining plane is then seen as a particular result for isotropic, homogeneous, prismatic beams. The general theory may still be used where none of these conditions holds, and can even be applied to trusses. It also corrects errors in the theory of beam shear. Special topics discussed include non-uniform torsion, the exact analysis of shear, anisotropy, advanced energy methods, optimum structures, and regular frames. Software provided in the book includes seven general purpose programs for analysis of plane, space frames with rigid or pinned joints, and uses the augmented Gaussian elimination process and dynamic storage techniques.

Key Features

  • Approaches the basic theory of elastic beams and frames from a different perspective from standard pedagogy
  • Provides an introduction to more advanced ideas on the theory of structures and contains much additional material
  • Includes consideration of work and energy concepts as fundamental and the equations of statistics derived from them


Structural engineers, engineering students, and academics


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J D Renton Author

John D. Renton, University of Oxford, UK

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University of Oxford, UK