The Art of Structures
EPFL Press – 2010 – 280 pages
This book describes the complete panorama of supporting structures and their function by describing how loads are sustained and transmitted to the ground. With a minimum of mathematics, the reader is guided through the analysis of some of the world’s most famous designs and structures from a civil engineering perspective.
An intuitive approach is taken – the basics of equilibrium analysis are explained by visualizing the internal forces of specific structures with the aid of simple graphical tools.
Ideal for anyone who needs an intuitive and practical approach to the design and appropriate sizing of load-bearing structures.
Foreword Introduction 1. Forces and Equilibrium, Internal Forces, Strength and Stiffness 2. Cables 3. Cable Networks, Tents and Membranes 4. Arches 5. Vaults, Domes and Shells 6. Arch-Cables 7. Trusses 8. SpaceTrusses 9. Beams 10. Frames 11. Wall Beams and Deep Walls 12. Ribbed Slabs, Beam Grids and Slabs 13. Stability of Elements in Compression