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Fundamentals of Structural Mechanics, Dynamics, and Stability

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ISBN 9781498770422
November 10, 2020 Forthcoming by CRC Press
456 Pages - 250 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Fundamentals of Structural Mechanics, Dynamics, and Stability examines structural mechanics from a foundational point of view and allows students to use logical inference and creative reasoning to solve problems versus rote memorization. It presents underlying theory and emphasizes the relevant mathematical concepts as related to structural mechanics in each chapter. Problems, examples, and case studies are provided throughout, as well as simulations to help further illustrate the content.


  • Presents the material from general theory and fundamentals through to practical applications.
  •  Explains the finite element method for elastic bodies, trusses, frames, non-linear behavior of materials, and more.
  • Includes numerous practical worked examples and case studies throughout each chapter.

Fundamentals of Structural Mechanics, Dynamics, and Stability serves as a useful text for students and instructors as well as practicing engineers.

Table of Contents

Kinematic Analysis Basics in Structural Mechanics. Movable Loads on a Beam. Theoretical Basics of Calculations via Influence Lines. Arches: General Info and Diagrams of Stresses. Three-Hinged Arches under Live Static Load. Hinged Beams. Preliminaries for Trusses. Internal Forces in Statically Determinate Trusses. Influence Lines for Stresses in Trusses. Space Statically Determinate Trusses. Energy Approach Foundations of Displacement Analysis for Elastic Systems. Constraint Reactions in Elastic Systems. Theoretical Basics of Force Method. Simplification Ways of Statically Indeterminate System Analysis. Force Method in Case of Temperature Exertion and Displacements of Supports. Force Method for Construction of Influence Lines and Space System Analysis. General Info about Displacement Method. Displacement Method in Applications. Basic Concepts and Plastic Analysis of Beams. Plastic Analysis of Trusses and Frames. Finite Element Method Exemplified in Elastic Plane Body. FEM in Bar System Analysis. FEM in the Case of Material Nonlinearity. Theoretical Basics of Structural Stability Investigations. Methods of Structural Stability Analysis. Investigation of Frame Buckling Using Displacement Method. Free Vibrations of Systems with One Degree of Freedom. Dynamic Factor and Problem of Deducing the Eigen Frequencies. Forced Vibrations of Systems with Finite Number of DOFs. Problems and Design Tasks. Laboratory-Based Works. Bibliography. Index.

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Alexander Ivanovich Rusakov was more than 35 years engaged in scientific and teaching work in academic and design institutions; continues scientific research in construction design and publishes scientific papers and textbooks. A. Rusakov was born in 1955 in the city of Rostov-on-Don (RF); graduated Rostov State University with a degree in physics. In the period of 1984 to 2001 he has been teaching at Rostov Military Institute of Rocket Forces, where he defended his candidate thesis in 1988 and then doctoral thesis in 1999. From 2001 to 2006 he held the chair in structural mechanics at Rostov State University of Transport Communication. From 2006 to 2013 Dr. Rusakov works in design organizations of Rostov-on-Don holding engineering positions, where he continues scientific investigation in construction design and educational activity with engineering personnel. His latest position is the chief designer at South Regional Scientific Research and Design Institute of City Planning (Rostov-on-Don). Professor Rusakov was the top lecturer on a number of mathematical and technical courses as well as courses in mechanics, including mechanics of materials, structural mechanics, and theory of elasticity. He is the sole author of two books, Strength of Materials and Structural Mechanics. Some studies and research results by Dr. Rusakov are presented at the site