Structural and Stress Analysis

Structural and Stress Analysis

3rd Edition - February 12, 2014

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  • Author: T.H.G. Megson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080999371

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The third edition of the popular Structural and Stress Analysis provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to all types of structural and stress analysis. Starting with an explanation of the basic principles of statics, the book proceeds to normal and shear force, and bending moments and torsion. Building on the success of the prior edition, this edition features new material on structural dynamics and fatigue, and additional discussion of Eurocode compliance in design of beams. With worked examples, practice problems, and extensive illustrations, this book provides an all-in-one resource for students and professionals interested in learning structural analysis.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive overview of structural and stress analysis
  • Numerous worked examples and end-of-chapter problems
  • Extensively illustrated to help visualize concepts


(US) Professionals looking for a review of structural analysis and stress concepts. (UK/EMEA) Students in 1st and 2nd yr Civil/Structural Engineering programs

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    Preface to the First Edition

    Preface to the Second Edition

    Preface to the Third Edition

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    1.1 Function of a structure

    1.2 Loads

    1.3 Structural systems

    1.4 Support systems

    1.5 Statically determinate and indeterminate structures

    1.6 Analysis and design

    1.7 Structural and load idealization

    1.8 Structural elements

    1.9 Materials of construction

    1.10 The use of computers

    Chapter 2. Principles of Statics

    2.1 Force

    2.2 Moment of a force

    2.3 The resultant of a system of parallel forces

    2.4 Equilibrium of force systems

    2.5 Calculation of support reactions


    Solutions to Chapter 2 Problems

    Chapter 3. Normal Force, Shear Force, Bending Moment and Torsion

    3.1 Types of load

    3.2 Notation and sign convention

    3.3 Normal force

    3.4 Shear force and bending moment

    3.5 Load, shear force and bending moment relationships

    3.6 Torsion

    3.7 Principle of superposition


    Solutions to Chapter 3 Problems

    Chapter 4. Analysis of Pin-Jointed Trusses

    4.1 Types of truss

    4.2 Assumptions in truss analysis

    4.3 Idealization of a truss

    4.4 Statical determinacy

    4.5 Resistance of a truss to shear force and bending moment

    4.6 Method of joints

    4.7 Method of sections

    4.8 Method of tension coefficients

    4.9 Graphical method of solution

    4.10 Compound trusses

    4.11 Space trusses

    4.12 A computer-based approach


    Solutions to Chapter 4 Problems

    Chapter 5. Cables

    5.1 Lightweight cables carrying concentrated loads

    5.2 Heavy cables


    Solutions to Chapter 5 Problems

    Chapter 6. Arches

    6.1 The linear arch

    6.2 The three-pinned arch

    6.3 A three-pinned parabolic arch carrying a uniform horizontally distributed load

    6.4 Bending moment diagram for a three-pinned arch


    Solutions to Chapter 6 Problems

    Chapter 7. Stress and Strain

    7.1 Direct stress in tension and compression

    7.2 Shear stress in shear and torsion

    7.3 Complementary shear stress

    7.4 Direct strain

    7.5 Shear strain

    7.6 Volumetric strain due to hydrostatic pressure

    7.7 Stress–strain relationships

    7.8 Poisson effect

    7.9 Relationships between the elastic constants

    7.10 Strain energy in simple tension or compression

    7.11 Plane stress

    7.12 Plane strain


    Solutions to Chapter 7 Problems

    Chapter 8. Properties of Engineering Materials

    8.1 Classification of engineering materials

    8.2 Testing of engineering materials

    8.3 Stress–strain curves

    8.4 Strain hardening

    8.5 Creep and relaxation

    8.6 Fatigue

    8.7 Design methods

    8.8 Material properties


    Solutions to Chapter 8 Problems

    Chapter 9. Bending of Beams

    9.1 Symmetrical bending

    9.2 Combined bending and axial load

    9.3 Anticlastic bending

    9.4 Strain energy in bending

    9.5 Unsymmetrical bending

    9.6 Calculation of section properties

    9.7 Principal axes and principal second moments of area

    9.8 Effect of shear forces on the theory of bending

    9.9 Load, shear force and bending moment relationships, general case


    Solutions to Chapter 9 Problems

    Chapter 10. Shear of Beams

    10.1 Shear stress distribution in a beam of unsymmetrical section

    10.2 Shear stress distribution in symmetrical sections

    10.3 Strain energy due to shear

    10.4 Shear stress distribution in thin-walled open section beams

    10.5 Shear stress distribution in thin-walled closed section beams


    Solutions to Chapter 10 Problems

    Chapter 11. Torsion of Beams

    11.1 Torsion of solid and hollow circular section bars

    11.2 Strain energy due to torsion

    11.3 Plastic torsion of circular section bars

    11.4 Torsion of a thin-walled closed section beam

    11.5 Torsion of solid section beams

    11.6 Warping of cross sections under torsion


    Solutions to Chapter 11 Problems

    Chapter 12. Composite Beams

    12.1 Steel-reinforced timber beams

    12.2 Reinforced concrete beams

    12.3 Steel and concrete beams


    Solutions to Chapter 12 Problems

    Chapter 13. Deflection of Beams

    13.1 Differential equation of symmetrical bending

    13.2 Singularity functions

    13.3 Moment-area method for symmetrical bending

    13.4 Deflections due to unsymmetrical bending

    13.5 Deflection due to shear

    13.6 Statically indeterminate beams


    Solutions to Chapter 13 Problems

    Chapter 14. Complex Stress and Strain

    14.1 Representation of stress at a point

    14.2 Determination of stresses on inclined planes

    14.3 Principal stresses

    14.4 Mohr’s circle of stress

    14.5 Stress trajectories

    14.6 Determination of strains on inclined planes

    14.7 Principal strains

    14.8 Mohr’s circle of strain

    14.9 Experimental measurement of surface strains and stresses

    14.10 Theories of elastic failure


    Solutions to Chapter 14 Problems

    Chapter 15. Virtual Work and Energy Methods

    15.1 Work

    15.2 Principle of virtual work

    15.3 Energy methods

    15.4 Reciprocal theorems


    Solutions to Chapter 15 Problems

    Chapter 16. Analysis of Statically Indeterminate Structures

    16.1 Flexibility and stiffness methods

    16.2 Degree of statical indeterminacy

    16.3 Kinematic indeterminacy

    16.4 Statically indeterminate beams

    16.5 Statically indeterminate trusses

    16.6 Braced beams

    16.7 Portal frames

    16.8 Two-pinned arches

    16.9 Slope–deflection method

    16.10 Moment distribution

    16.11 Portal frames


    Solutions to Chapter 16 Problems

    Chapter 17. Matrix Methods of Analysis

    17.1 Axially loaded members

    17.2 Stiffness matrix for a uniform beam

    17.3 Finite element method for continuum structures


    Solutions to Chapter 17 Problems

    Chapter 18. Plastic Analysis of Beams and Frames

    18.1 Theorems of plastic analysis

    18.2 Plastic analysis of beams

    18.3 Plastic analysis of frames


    Solutions to Chapter 18 Problems

    Chapter 19. Yield Line Analysis of Slabs

    19.1 Yield line theory

    19.2 Discussion


    Solutions to Chapter 19 Problems

    Chapter 20. Influence Lines

    20.1 Influence lines for beams in contact with the load

    20.2 Mueller-Breslau principle

    20.3 Systems of travelling loads

    20.4 Influence lines for beams not in contact with the load

    20.5 Forces in the members of a truss

    20.6 Influence lines for continuous beams


    Solutions to Chapter 20 Problems

    Chapter 21. Structural Instability

    21.1 Euler theory for slender columns

    21.2 Limitations of the Euler theory

    21.3 Failure of columns of any length

    21.4 Effect of cross section on the buckling of columns

    21.5 Stability of beams under transverse and axial loads

    21.6 Energy method for the calculation of buckling loads in columns (Rayleigh–Ritz Method)


    Solutions to Chapter 21 Problems

    Appendix A. Table of Section Properties

    Appendix B. Bending of Beams: Standard Cases


Product details

  • No. of pages: 768
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2014
  • Published: February 12, 2014
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080999371

About the Author

T.H.G. Megson

T.H.G. Megson is a professor emeritus with the Department of Civil Engineering at Leeds University (UK). For Elsevier he has written the market leading Butterworth Heinemann textbooks Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students and Introduction to Aircraft Structural Analysis (a briefer derivative of the aircraft structures book), as well as the text/ref hybrid Structural and Stress Analysis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, Leeds University, UK

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