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5th Edition

Principles of Structure

By Ken Wyatt, Richard Hough Copyright 2013
    ISBN 9780415667272
    230 Pages 224 B/W Illustrations
    Published December 8, 2012 by CRC Press

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    Since its first publication in 1974, Principles of Structure has established itself at the forefront of introductory texts for students of architecture, building and project management seeking a basic understanding of the behavior and design of building structures. It provides a simple quantitative introduction to structural engineering, while also drawing connections to real buildings that are more complex. Retaining the style and format of earlier editions, this Fifth Edition brings the text and examples into alignment with international practice. It also features six new buildings from around the world, illustrating the principles described in the text.

    The book begins with a chapter explaining forces and their effects. Other chapters cover ties and struts, loadings, graphical statics, bracings, shears and moments, stresses, deflections, and beam design. There is also an appendix with a fuller explanation of fundamentals for readers unfamiliar with the basic concepts of geometry and statics.

    The book offers a unique format with right-hand pages containing text and left-hand pages containing complementary commentary including explanations and expansions of points made in the text and worked examples. This cross-referencing gives readers a range of perspectives and a deeper understanding of each topic. The simple mathematical approach and logical progression—along with the hints and suggestions, worked examples and problem sheets—give beginners straightforward access to elementary structural engineering.

    Forces, Moments and Equilibrium
    Forces on Structures
    Measurement of Force
    External Forces
    Resultants and Components
    Co-Planar Forces
    Concurrent Force Systems
    Forces at Supports
    Stability and Determinacy
    Parallel Force Systems
    Internal Forces
    Application: Concurrent Forces, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank

    Ties and Struts
    Types of Stress
    Strain and Elasticity
    Design of Tension Elements (Ties)
    Ties and Struts
    Application: Ties and Struts, Il Grande Bigo
    Application: Struts and Ties: Kurilpa Bridge

    Loadings on Buildings
    Dead Loads
    Live Loads
    Wind Loads
    Other Loads
    Calculation of Loads
    Application: Loading, Live Loads

    Graphical Statics
    The Triangle of Forces: Resultants and Equilibrants
    Bow’s Notation
    The Triangle of Forces: Two Unknown Forces
    Concurrency of Forces
    Application: Graphical Statics, Patscentre

    Pin-Jointed Structures
    Pin-Ended Members
    Graphical Method
    Method of Joints
    Method of Sections
    Application: Roof Trusses, Menil Collection Museum
    Application: Pin-jointed Trusses: Raleigh-Durham Airport

    Bracing of Buildings
    Vertical and Lateral Loads
    Basic Systems
    Bracing Options
    Combined Effects
    Application: Bracing, Osaka International Conference Centre
    Application: Bracing: China Central Television

    Shear Force and Bending Moment
    Shear Force
    Bending Moment
    Bending Moment Diagrams
    Load, Shear Force and Bending Moment
    Application: SFD, BMD, Red Centre

    Properties of Area
    Centre of Gravity
    The Centroid
    Second Moment of Area
    Theorem of Parallel Axes
    Common Centroid Theorem
    Section Modulus
    Application: Properties of Cross Sections, Sydney Opera House
    Application: Properties of Cross-Sections: National Stadium, Beijing

    Bending Stresses
    Internal Effects
    The Stress Formula
    Stress Variation
    Maximum Stress
    ‘Ultimate’ Conditions
    Application: Beams in Bending, Phoenix Central Library

    Shear Stresses
    Horizontal and Vertical Shear Stress
    Shear Stress Formula
    Maximum Shear Stress
    ‘Ultimate’ Conditions
    Application: Design for Shear, Cummins Engine Factory
    Application: Design for Shear: Serpentine Pavilion 2005

    General Rules
    Deflection Formula
    Spans and Materials
    Deflection Sensitivity
    Application: Controlling Deflections, Commerzbank Headquarters

    Design of Beams
    Analysis and Design
    Design of a Simple Beam
    Design Steps
    Ultimate Strength Design
    Application: Timber Beams, Nottingham University Jubilee Campus
    Application: Timber Beams: Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh

    Answers to Worksheets

    Appendix: A First Encounter with Statics



    Ken Wyatt was the mainstay of structural engineering teaching in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Australia, for many decades. There he developed the original text of Principles of Structure. He is also a structural engineer, researcher, materials scientist, and heritage consultant.

    Richard Hough has worked as a structural engineer with the design firm Arup in London, Los Angeles, and Sydney on many well-known buildings and with some of the world’s best-known architects. He is presently a principal in the firm’s Sydney office, and a conjoint professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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