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Structural Modeling and Analysis

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Overview

The study of structural analysis and design is a central subject in civil, aeronautical, and mechanical engineering. This book presents a modern and unified introduction to structural analysis, with a strong focus on how structures actually behave. The unifying theme is the application of energy methods, developed without the formal mathematics of the calculus of variations. The energy approach makes it possible to articulate the logical relationship between equilibrium and compatibility; emphasize the unity of structural analysis, particularly for indeterminate structures; and identify the roles of idealization and discretization in structural modeling. Thus, energy methods also serve as a prelude to the main ideas behind modern computational approaches to structural analysis and design. Overall, the author intends to convey a style of thinking about and modeling structures and their behavior, and to introduce the intellectual roots from which most computer tools derive. As an aid to upper-level undergraduate students in mastering this material, the text includes numerous worked examples, as well as homework problems.
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"...an excellent foundation for understanding modern computational methods of stress analysis used in aeronautical, civil, and mechanical engineering. Readers needing background in fundamental energy methods will find this an excellent 'kick-starter' for preparing finite element techniques. A very positive recommendation." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521020077
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Photos
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Structural Mechanics: The Big Picture 2
2 Structural Models and Modeling 30
3 Elementary Discrete Structural Models: Energy Approaches 58
4 Bars: Axially Loaded Members 72
5 Trusses: Assemblages of Bars 96
6 Energy Principles for Calculating Displacements and Forces 112
7 Beams: Transversely Loaded Members 138
8 Calculating Beam Deflections 168
9 Frames: Assemblages of Beams 194
10 Force and Displacement Methods 224
Appendix A Short Introduction to Matrix Manipulation 249
Bibliography 255
Index 259
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