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Elementary Structural Analysis and Design of Buildings

A Guide for Practicing Engineers and Students, 1st Edition

By Dominick R. Pilla

CRC Press

257 pages

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This overview of the analysis and design of buildings runs from basic principles and elementary structural analysis to the selection of structural systems and materials, and on to foundations and retaining structures. It presents a variety of approaches and methodologies while featuring realistic design examples.

As a comprehensive guide and desk reference for practicing structural and civil engineers, and for engineering students, it draws on the author’s teaching experience at The City College of New York and his work as a design engineer and architect. It is especially useful for those taking the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying SE exam.


"The book serves as an effective reference on the design of lateral systems in buildings for experienced structural engineers and advanced students."

-- M. Roberts, Southern Utah University in Choice.

Table of Contents

1. Minimum Design Loads for Buildings

1.1 Loads

1.2 Dead Loads

1.3 Live Loads

1.3.1 Reduction in Uniform Live loads

1.4 Snow Loads

1.4.1 Flat roof Snow Loads

1.4.2 Minimum Snow Load

1.4.3 Snow Drifts on Lower Roof

1.5 Thermal Loading

1.6 Forces and Loads Due to Soil Pressures

1.6.1 Active and Passive Lateral Pressure

1.6.2 Static Lateral Soil Pressure

1.6.3 Hydrostatic Pressure

1.6.4 Bearing Pressure

2. Wind and Seismic Forces Applied to Buildings

2.1 Lateral Loads

2.2 Wind Loads

2.3 Horizontal Seismic Loads

2.4 Vertical Seismic Load Effect

3. Lateral force Distribution

3.1 Wall Rigidities

3.2 Relative Rigidity Force Distribution (Rigid Diaphragm Analysis)

3.2.1 Center of Mass

3.2.2 Center of Rigidity

3.2.3 Polar Moment of Inertia

3.2.4 Eccentricity

3.2.5 Wall Shears (Direct and Torsional)

3.2.6 Design Wall Shears

3.3 Flexible Diaphragms

3.4 Seismic Static Force Procedure

3.4.1 Equivalent Lateral Force Method

3.5 Horizontal and Vertical Irregularities

4. Methods

4.1 Frame Analysis by Approximate Methods

4.1.1 Analysis of Building Frames for Vertical Loads

4.1.2 Analysis of Building Frames for Lateral Loads

5. Design and Detailing of Structures

5.1 Lateral Force Resisting Systems

5.1.1 Bearing Wall Systems

5.1.2 Building Frame Systems

5.1.3 Moment Resisting Frame Systems

5.1.4 Dual Systems with Special Moment Frames

5.1.5 Dual Systems with Intermediate Moment Frames

5.1.6 Cantilever Column System

5.2 Load Combinations

5.3 Building Drift

5.4 Redundancy Factors

5.5 Overstrength

5.6 Structural systems Integration

6. Steel

6.1 Introduction to Lateral Steel Design

6.2 Special Concentrically Braced Frames

6.2.1 Brace Design

6.2.2 Frame Design

6.2.3 Column Design

6.2.4 Beam Design

7. Concrete

7.1 Introduction to Lateral Concrete Design

7.2 Shear Wall Systems

7.3 Moment Frame Systems

8. Wood

8.1 Introduction to Lateral Wood Design

8.2 Plywood Diaphragm Design

8.3 Shear Walls and Collectors

9. Masonry

9.1 Introduction to Lateral Masonry Design

9.2 Building Wall Design for In-Plane Loads

9.3 Building Wall Design for Out-of-Plane Loads

10. Foundations and Retaining Structures

10.1 Types of Foundations

10.2 Spread Footings

10.2.1 Concentrically Loaded Footings

10.2.2 Eccentrically Loaded Footings

10.3 Mat-Slab Foundations

10.3.1 Combined Footing

10.4 Deep Foundations

10.4.1 Pile Caps

10.5 Retaining Structures

10.5.1 Foundation Walls

10.5.2 Free Standing Cantilevered Retaining Walls

11. Structural Review of Construction

11.1 Construction Administration

11.2 Special Inspections and Structural Observations

About the Author

Dominick Pilla is an engineer and architect, in both private practice and as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at The City College of New York, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General