Principles, Methods and Modelling
CRC Press – 2014 – 592 pages
Combining a user-friendly, practical approach with detailed derivations and mathematical background, this text shows students how to use structural analysis accurately and efficiently to solve engineering problems. Many worked examples walk students through the methods and give them insight into creating analytical models. The book also challenges students to consider specific aspects of the material in more detail and to extend the methods to other problems. MATLAB® is used to perform complex analyses, with the code and other ancillaries accessible online.
"This book gives a good in-depth explanation of the fundamental principles of structural analysis. Topics are dealt with in considerable detail and illustrated with copious examples."
––Dr Robert Vollum, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Imperial College London, United Kingdom
"… explains very well and in simple terms topics which are often perceived by young students to be complicated and confusing, without sacrificing the formal mathematical treatment of the subject. … will also serve as a reference for all those practitioners who would like to revisit or gain deeper insight into the theoretical basis of the main calculation methods nowadays adopted for the design of structures."
—Massimiliano Bocciarelli, Politecnico di Milano
"… presents in a comprehensive way topics of structural analysis that are basic for civil and building engineers. The authors bring students toward a deep understanding of difficult issues in a very "natural" way. Final chapters, which introduce advanced analysis tools as the finite element method and issues like stability and plasticity of structures, give a clear perception of the behaviour complexity of a real structure. MATLAB tools allow facilitating and multiplying the experiences necessary to develop an intuitive approach to the structural design."
—Graziano Leoni, Affiliation: University of Camerino
Introduction. Statically Determinate Beams and Frames. Statically Determinate Trusses. Behavior of Beam-Column Members. Work-Energy Methods for Member Analysis. Force Method. Slope-Deflection Method. Moment Distribution Method. Truss Analysis Using the Stiffness Method. Beam Analysis Using the Stiffness Method. Frame Analysis Using the Stiffness Method. Structural Stability. Introduction to Nonlinear Analysis. Finite Element Method. Appendix A: Geometry of Areas. Appendix B: Matrix Algebra. Appendix C: Formulation of Beam Models.