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Basic Structures, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-95087-6
432 pages
February 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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Basic Structures provides the student with a clear explanation of structural concepts, using many analogies and examples. Real examples and case studies show the concepts in use, and the book is well illustrated with full colour photographs and many line illustrations, giving the student a thorough grounding in the fundamentals and a 'feel' for the way buildings behave structurally. With many worked examples and tutorial questions, the book serves as an ideal introduction to the subject.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgements xiv

1 What is structural engineering? 1

2 Learn the language: a simple explanation of terms used by structural engineers 9

3 How do structures (and parts of structures) behave? 12

4 Force, mass and weight 27

5 Loading – dead or alive 33

6 Equilibrium – a balanced approach 39

7 More about forces: resultants and components 45

8 Moments 56

9 Reactions 71

10 Different types of support – and what’s a pin? 78

11 A few words about stability 86

12 Introduction to the analysis of pin-jointed frames 99

13 Method of resolution at joints 104

14 Method of sections 127

15 Graphical method 135

16 Shear force and bending moments 145

17 This thing called stress 177

18 Direct (and shear) stress 182

19 Bending stress 194

20 Combined bending and axial stress 217

21 Structural materials: concrete, steel, timber and masonry 231

22 More on materials 243

23 How far can I span? 249

24 Calculating those loads 257

25 An introduction to structural design 268

26 More on structural types and forms 305

27 An introduction to deflection 325

28 Shear stress

29 Buckling and torsion

30 3-pinned arches and frames

31 Virtual work

32 Mohr’s circle

33 Trusses without numbers

34 Plastic analysis

Further reading 339

Appendix 1: Weights of common building materials 341

Appendix 2: Conversions and relationships between units 343

Appendix 3: Mathematics associated with right-angled triangles 345

Appendix 4: Symbols 347

Appendix 5: A checklist for architects 348

Appendix 6: Getting more out of civil engineering

Index 349

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Author Information

Philip Garrison BSc MBA CEng MICE MIStructE MIHT is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and Senior Lecturer in Structural Design in the Civil Engineering Departmentat Leeds Beckett University

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Students Resources
Wiley Student Companion Site
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