Advanced Methods of Structural Analysis | civil engineering
Authors wrote the book on the basis of their many years of experience of teaching the Structural Analysis at the universities for graduate and postgraduate students as well as on the basis of their experience in consulting companies. This book is written for students of universities and colleges pursuing Civil or Structural Engineering Programs, instructors of Structural Analysis, and engineers and designers of different structures of modern engineering.
The objective of the book is to help a reader to develop an understanding of the ideas and methods of structural analysis and to teach a reader to estimate and explain numerical results obtained by hand; this is a fundamental stone for preparation of reader for numerical analysis of structures and for use of engineering software with full understanding.
The textbook offers the reader the fundamental theoretical concepts of Structural Analysis, classical analytical methods, algorithms of their application, comparison of different methods, and a vast collection of distinctive problems with their detailed solution, explanation, analysis, and discussion of results; many of the problems have a complex character. Considered examples demonstrate features of structures, their behavior, and peculiarities of applied methods. Solution of all the problems is brought to final formula or number.
This book contains introduction, three parts (14 chapters), and appendix. Introduction provides the subject and purposes of Structural Analysis, principal concepts, assumptions, and fundamental approaches.
Part 1 (Chaps. 1–6) is devoted to analysis of statically determinate structures. Among them are multispan beams, arches, trusses, cables, and frames. Construction of influence lines and their application are discussed with great details. Also, this part contains analytical methods of computation of displacement of deformable structures, subjected to different actions. Among them are variety loads, change of temperature, and settlements of supports.
Part 2 (Chaps. 7–11) is focused on analysis of statically indeterminate structures using the fundamental methods. Among them are the force and displacement methods (both methods are presented in canonical form), as well as the mixed method. Also the influence line method (on the basis of force and displacement methods) is presented. Analysis of continuous beams, arches, trusses, and frames is considered in detail. Chapter 11 is devoted to matrix stiffness method which is realized in the modern engineering software. Usually, the physical meaning of all matrix procedures presents serious difficulties for students. Comparison of numerical procedures obtained by canonical equations and their matrix presentations, which are applied to the same structure, allows trace and understands meaning of each stage of matrix analysis. This method is applied for fixed loads, settlement of supports, temperature changes, and construction of influence lines.
Part 3 (Chaps. 12–14) contains three important topics of structural analysis. They are plastic behavior of structures, stability of elastic structures with finite and infinite number of degrees of freedom, including analysis of structures on the basis of the deformable design diagram (P– analysis), and the free vibration analysis. Each chapter contains problems for self-study. Answers are presented to all problems.
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