This book provides the reader with a consistent approach to theory of structures on the basis of applied mechanics. It covers framed structures as well as plates and shells using elastic and plastic theory, and emphasizes the historical background and the relationship to practical engineering activities. This is the first comprehensive treatment of the school of structures that has evolved at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich over the last 50 years.
The many worked examples and exercises make this a textbook ideal for in-depth studies. Each chapter concludes with a summary that highlights the most important aspects in concise form. Specialist terms are defined in the appendix.
There is an extensive index befitting such a work of reference. The structure of the content and highlighting in the text make the book easy to use. The notation, properties of materials and geometrical properties of sections plus brief outlines of matrix algebra, tensor calculus and calculus of variations can be found in the appendices.
This publication should be regarded as a key work of reference for students, teaching staff and practising engineers. Its purpose is to show readers how to model and handle structures appropriately, to support them in designing and checking the structures within their sphere of responsibility.
Table of contents
Purpose and scope of theory of structures
Structural analysis and dimensioning
III STATICALLY DETERMINATE FRAMED STRUCTURES
Structural elements and topology
Determining the forces
Stress resultants and state diagrams
IV DEFORMATIONS OF FRAMED STRUCTURES
V STATICALLY INDETERMINATE FRAMED STRUCTURES
VI NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS OF FRAMED STRUCTURES
VII PLATES AND SHELLS
A3 Properties of materials
A4 Geometrical properties of sections
A5 Matrix algebra
A6 Tensor calculus
A7 Calculus of variations
"Theory of Structures" is an excellent textbook. It is very rich in the individual topics covered. One special and importend feature that should be mentioned ist the many excellently prepared examples and exercises.
... this is a wonderful textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses.
In addition, it could be of immense value to those practicing engineers who wish to deepen their background knowledge or refresh fundamental issues.
Ekkehard Ramm, University Stuttgart (in: Steel Construction 2/2014)