Fundamentals of Structural Stability

Fundamentals of Structural Stability

1st Edition - December 20, 2005

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  • Authors: George Simitses, Dewey Hodges
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750678759
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080507057

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The ability of a structural assembly to carry loads and forces determines how stable it will be over time. Viewing structural assemblages as comprising columns, beams, arches, rings, and plates, this book will introduce the student to both a classical and advanced understanding of the mechanical behavior of such structural systems under load and how modeling the resulting strains can predict the overall future performance—the stability—of that structure. While covering traditional beam theory, the book is more focused on elastica theory in keeping with modern approaches. This text will be an expanded and updated version a similar, previously published book, but with pedagogical improvements and updated analytical methods.This engineering textbook will provide a focused treatment on the study of how structures behave and perform when under stress loading, including plastic deformation and buckling. All advanced engineering students studying engineering mechanics, structural analysis and design, fatigue and failure, and other related subjects need to have this knowledge, and this book will provide it in a thorough and coherent fashion. Written by two of the world’s leading engineering professors in this subject area, the pedagogy has been classroom-tested over many years and should find a receptive readership among both students and instructors.

Key Features

  • An understandable introduction to the theory of structural stability, useful for a wide variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, civil and aerospace engineering
  • Covers both static and dynamic loads, for both conservative and nonconservative systems
  • Emphasizes elastic behavior under loads, including vertical buckling, torsional buckling and nonlinear affects of structural system buckling and stability
  • Case examples to illustrate real-world applications of Stability Theory


•Upper Undergraduate and First-year Graduate students in Mechanical, Civil, and Aerospace Engineering
•Students in Materials Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics

Table of Contents

  • Mechanical Stability Models, Elastic Buckling of Columns, Buckling of Frames, The Energy Criterion and Energy-Based Models, Columns on Elastic Foundations, Buckling of Shafts, Buckling of Rings and Arches, Flexural-Torsional Buckling of Thin-Walled Beam Columns, Lateral-Torsional Buckling of Deep Beams, Nonconservative Systems and Dynamic Buckling, Work and Energy Related Principles and Theorems.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2005
  • Published: December 20, 2005
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750678759
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080507057

About the Authors

George Simitses

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus University of Cincinnati & Georgia Tech, OH & GA, USA

Dewey Hodges

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Georgia Tech, GA, USA

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