Explicitly reintroducing the idea of modeling to the analysis of structures, Analytical Estimates of Structural Behavior presents an integrated approach to modeling and estimating the behavior of structures. With the increasing reliance on computer-based approaches in structural analysis, it is becoming even more important for structural engineers to recognize that they are dealing with models of structures, not with the actual structures. As tempting as it is to run innumerable simulations, closed-form estimates can be effectively used to guide and check numerical results, and to confirm physical insights and intuitions.
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This book encourages readers to think about structures and their models in a way that is rooted in classic elementary elasticity—depending less on advanced mathematical techniques and more on the dimensions and magnitudes of the underlying physics. The authors stretch the mold, emphasizing and more explicitly describing the modeling process. The focus is on learning which calculations to perform and how to validate and interpret the results—skills that will be increasingly useful for professional engineers.
Mathematical Modeling for Structural Analysis. Structural Models and Structural Modeling. Exploring Intuition: Beams, Trusses, and Cylinders. Estimating Stresses and Displacements in Arches. Estimating the Behavior of Coupled Discrete Systems. Buildings Modeling as Coupled Beams: Static Response Estimates. Buildings Modeled as Coupled Beams: Natural Frequency Estimates. Index.