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Fundamental Structural Analysis by W. J. Spencer.

Significant changes have occurred in the approach to structural analysis over the last twenty years. These changes have been brought about by a more general understanding of the nature of the problem and the develop­ ment of the digital computer. Almost all s~ructural engineering offices throughout the world would now have access to some form of digital computer, ranging from hand-held programmable calculators through to the largest machines available. Powerful microcomputers are also widely available and many engineers and students have personal computers as a general aid to their work. Problems in structural analysis have now been formulated in such a way that the solution is available through the use of the computer, largely by what is known as matrix methods of structural analysis. It is interesting to note that such methods do not put forward new theories in structural analysis, rather they are a restatement of classical theory in a manner that can be directly related to the computer.

Introduction to Structural Engineering

Equilibrium Analysis and Determinacy of Structures

Basic Concepts of the Stiffness Method

The Matrix Stiffness Method-Part 1: Beams and Rectangular Frames

The Moment Distribution Method

The Matrix Stiffness Method-Part 2

The Principle of Virtual Work

The Flexibility Method of Analysis

The Approximate Analysis of Structures

Application of Computer Programs to Structural Analysis

More Details:
The rst two chapters outline the fundamental principles and introduce students to the nature of structures and the structural analysis problem، A detailed study of equilibrium and statical and kinematic determinacy is presented in chapter 2، In chapter 3, the foundations of the matrix stiness method are presented and the ideas of element and structure stiness matrices are developed، The matrix stiness method is further developed in chapter 4, where it is applied to continuous beams and rectangular frames، The moment distribution method has been retained as a useful hand method of analysis and this is detailed in chapter 5, with applications to beams and rectangular frames، The work is closely related to that of chapter 4 and the moment distribution method is shown as a logical variation of the matrix stiness method، Chapter 6 returns to the matrix stiness method to introduce the general stiness method and coordinate transformation، A fundamental study of structural analysis must include a reference to the principle of virtual work which is presented in chapter 7، The principle of virtual forces, particularly with regard to expressions for the deection of structures, leads logically into the exibility method of analysis presented in chapter 8، Structural computations must still be checked, results must still be interpreted and engineering judgement must still be exercised، To facilitate this, a chapter on approximate methods of analysis is included (chapter 9).

Book Details:
Book Title: Fundamental Structural Analysis
Edition Number: 1st
Author: W. J. Spencer
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York

Language: English
Pages: 334
Size: 5.49 MB
Format: PDF