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A compact, easy-to-read and mathematically accessible reference for practicing construction professionals wishing to gain, or regain, a working knowledge of structures--one that will enable them to envision how structures resist loads and that will prepare them to collaborate effectively with other construction professionals while analyzing, designing, and constructing structures. Using extensive descriptions and a minimum of mathematics, the handbook focuses on the key concepts of structures--and their applications in unique, real-life problems--taken from traditional engineering topics in statics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, timber design, steel design, reinforced concrete design, soil mechanics, and foundation design. For engineers, architects, construction contractors, construction project managers, inspectors, and others involved in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

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This textbook for non-engineers covers structural components, structural assemblies, stress and deformation in beams and columns, shear stress, soil properties and structures, and timber, steel and concrete design applications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130128584
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/31/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Forces and Structures.

Basic Structural Loads. Equilibrium of Forces and Moments. Force Components. Sign Support. Friction on an Inclined Slope. Tilt-Wall Panel. Center of Gravity of a Truck on a Bridge. Distributed Gravity Loads. Distributed Lateral Loads. Retaining Wall.

2. Structural Components.

Structural Members. Beams. Internal Reactions by Method of Sections. Overhead Crane Girder. Overhanging Deck Beam. Cables. Rope Suspension Bridge. Arches. Columns. Connections.

3. Structural Assemblies.

Design Loads. Tributary Areas and Load Paths. Load Path in a Multistory Building. Structural Systems. Trusses. Roof Truss. Load Rating of a Deck Truss Bridge. Frames. Three-Hinged Radial Arch. Diaphragm Structures. Interior Shear Walls.

4. Stress and Deformation.

Stress, Strain, and Deformation. Determining Timber Modulus of Elasticity. Post-Tensioned Floor Slabs. Temperature Stress and Deformation. Heat Buckling of Highway Pavement. Composite Members. Nonuniform Axial Stress and Centroids. Bearing Stress.

5. Shear Stress.

Simple Shear Stress. Bearing Stress and Shear on a Corbel. Punching Shear Through a Footing. Torsional Shear Stress. Bolts and Stress Concentration. Welds. Bolted and Welded Connections.

6. Stress and Deformation of Beams.

Bending Stress. Flexural Shear Stress. Deflection of Beams. Bending, Shear, and Deflection in a Timber Beam. Steel Plate Girder Stresses and Deflection. Reinforced Concrete Beam. Propped Cantilever Beam.

7. Combined Stresses, Columns, and Beam-Columns.

Combined Axial and Bending Stress. Transversely Loaded Truss Chord. Nonuniform Stress Distribution Under a Footing. Buckling of Slender Straight Columns. Increasing the Buckling Load of a Hollow Column. Eccentrically Loaded Columns and Column Curves. Column Design Graphs. Beam-Column Interaction Equation.

8. Basic Soil Properties.

Overview. Soil Formation. Exploration and Sampling. Soil Classification. Volume-Density Relationships. Compaction. Residential Site Compaction. Soil Strength. Foundation Settlement and Consolidation. Differential Settlement.

9. Soil Structures.

Shallow and Deep Foundations. Spread Footings. Design of a Strip Footing. Piles and Drilled Shafts. Analysis of a Bridge Pier on Piles. Stability of Grade Separations. Basement Wall.

10. Timber Design Applications.

Allowable Design Stresses for Timber, Steel, and Concrete. Wood Joists, Rafters, and Studs. Joist Tables. Floor Beams. Glulam Ridge Beam. Stiffened Floor Beam. Columns. Bolts and Nails. Glulam Tudor Arch.

11. Steel Design Applications.

Structural Shapes. Open Web Joist and Rolled Beam Floor Deck. Columns. Beam-Columns. Wind Bracing. Plate Girder Bridges.

12. Concrete Design Applications.

Flexural Analysis of Beams. Shear Reinforcement. Continuous Frames. Slabs and Floor Systems. Earthquake Loads on a Rigid Frame. Beam-Columns. Post-Tensioning and Prestressing Girders.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2000

    It's Readable!

    Structural engineering made pleasant and easy to grasp. Very practical presentation of bridges and buildings as well as soil mechanics. It should be well received by students AND practicing professionals who need to know this stuff.

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