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The Structural Engineering Reference Manual is the most comprehensive reference and study guide available for engineers preparing for the NCEES 16-hour Structural Engineering (SE) exam. It provides a comprehensive review of structural analysis and design methods related to vertical and lateral forces, illustrates the most useful equations in the exam-adopted codes and standards, and provides guidelines for selecting and applying these equations.

The SE exam requires a thorough familiarity with relevant codes, and the Structural Engineering Reference Manual, 6th Edition, provides coverage of the following:

  • AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design (2010)
  • ACI 318 (2008)
  • ACI 530/530.1 (2008)
  • AISC 13th edition (2005)
  • ASCE 7 (2005)
  • IBC (2009)
  • NDS (2005)
  • PCI (2004)
The Most Trusted Reference for the SE Exam
  • More than 225 example problems with complete solutions
  • More than 45 end-of-chapter problems with complete solutions
  • More than 700  equations136 tables, 140 figures, and 8 appendices
  • A complete and easy-to-use index
Exam Topics Covered
  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Foundations & Retaining Structures
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Structural Steel
  • Timber
  • Reinforced Masonry
  • Lateral Forces (Wind & Seismic)
  • Bridges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591263357
  • Publisher: Professional Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/21/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Williams is a registered professional engineer and structural engineer in California, a Fellow and Life Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom. He obtained his BS and PhD degrees at Leeds University. His extensive practical experience includes the design and construction of bridges, schools, and industrial and commercial structures. Currently he is employed as a senior engineer with the California Department of Transportation. Dr. Williams has published textbooks on structural engineering design, structural analysis, seismic design, and reinforced concrete design.
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This Structural Engineering Reference Manual is intended to help you prepare for the 16-hour Structural Engineering (SE) exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The NCEES SE exam will test your knowledge of structural principles by presenting problems that cover the design of an entire structure or portion of a structure. The exam is given in four modules—two concerning vertical forces and two concerning lateral forces. The eight chapters of this book are organized around the eight areas in which these forces are applied.

These eight areas include

• reinforced concrete design
• foundations and retaining structures
• prestressed concrete design
• structural steel design
• timber design
• reinforced masonry design
• lateral forces (wind and seismic)
• bridge design

Each chapter presents structural design principles thatbuild on the ones before, so you should read the chapters in the order in which they are presented. The examples in each chapter should also be read in sequence. Taken together in this way, they constitute the solution to a complete design problem similar to that on the exam.

Your solutions to the NCEES SE exam problems must be based on the NCEES-adopted codes and design standards. Therefore, you should carefully review the appropriate sections of the exam-adopted design standards and codes that are presented, analyzed, and explained in each chapter of this book. The examples in this book also focus on one specific code principle and offer a clear interpretation of that principle.

Table 1 lists the NCEES SE design standards that code-based problems on the exam will reference. You will not receive credit for solutions based on other editions or standards. All problems are in customary U.S. (English) units, and you will not receive credit for solutions using SI units.

Abbreviations are used throughout this book to refer to the design standards and codes referenced by the NCEES SE exam. This book's “Codes and References section lists these abbreviations in brackets after their appropriate design standard or code. This book also cites other publications that discuss pertinent structural design procedures, which may also be found in the “Codes” section. Text references to any other publications are numbered as endnotes in each chapter, and the publications are cited in the “References” section that precedes each chapter’s practice problems. These references are provided for your additional review.”

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments     v
Introduction     vii
References and Codes Used to Prepare This Book     xix
Reinforced Concrete Design
Strength Design Principles     1-1
Strength Design of Reinforced Concrete Beams     1-3
Serviceability Requirements for Beams     1-10
Elastic Design Method     1-14
Shear and Torsion     1-15
Concrete Columns     1-27
Development and Splice Length of Reinforcement     1-34
Two-Way Slab Systems     1-42
Practice Problems     1-47
Solutions     1-48
Foundations and Retaining Structures
Strip Footing     2-1
Isolated Column with Square Footing     2-5
Isolated Column with Rectangular Footing     2-10
Combined Footing     2-12
Strap Footing     2-16
Cantilever Retaining Wall     2-20
Counterfort Retaining Wall     2-25
Practice Problems     2-27
Solutions     2-28
Prestressed Concrete Design
Design Stages     3-1
Design for Shear and Torsion     3-12
Prestress Losses     3-17
Composite Construction     3-21
Load BalancingProcedure     3-26
Statically Indeterminate Structures     3-27
Practice Problems     3-30
Solutions     3-31
Structural Steel Design
Load and Resistance Factor Design     4-1
Design for Flexure     4-2
Design for Shear     4-8
Design of Compression Members     4-10
Plastic Design     4-24
Design of Tension Members     4-29
Design of Bolted Connections     4-33
Design of Welded Connections     4-38
Plate Girders     4-42
Composite Beams     4-49
Practice Problems     4-54
Solutions     4-55
Timber Design
Adjustment Factors     5-1
Design for Flexure     5-6
Design for Shear     5-8
Design for Compression     5-11
Design for Tension     5-16
Design of Connections     5-17
Practice Problems     5-26
Solutions     5-27
Design of Reinforced Masonry
Design Principles     6-1
Design for Flexure     6-1
Design for Shear     6-5
Design of Masonry Columns     6-6
Design of Shear Walls     6-10
Practice Problems     6-15
Solutions     6-16
Seismic Design: International Building Code Lateral Force Procedure
Equivalent Lateral Force Procedure     7-2
Vertical Distribution of Seismic Forces     7-10
Diaphragm Loads     7-11
Story Drift     7-12
P-Delta Effects     7-13
Simplified Lateral Force Procedure     7-14
Seismic Load on an Element of a Structure     7-18
Practice Problems     7-20
Solutions     7-21
Design of Bridges
Design Loads     8-1
Reinforced Concrete Design     8-14
Prestressed Concrete Design     8-21
Structural Steel Design     8-33
Wood Structures     8-40
Seismic Design     8-42
Practice Problems     8-50
Solutions     8-51
Appendices     A-1
Index     I-1
Index of Codes     IC-1
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