The pioneering website www.structuralconcepts.org, by Tianjian Ji and Adrian Bell, goes back to basics and explains in detail the basic principles of structural concepts and how they relate to the real world.
Following on from and expanding upon the website, comes this book. Essential for the civil engineering student, it examines the concepts in closer detail with formulae and technical terminology, while remaining grounded in the website's practical approach. With hundreds of photographs and diagrams, you are encouraged to visualize each concept in turn and to understand how it applies to every day life.
Very good. Contains lots of illustrations and applications which makes the concepts highly visible. - Lecturer, Imperial College, London
Preface. Part 1: Statics 1. Equilibrium 2. Centre of Mass 3. Effect of Different Cross Sections 4. Bending 5. Shear and Torsion 6. Stress Distribution 7. Span and Deflection 8. Direct Force Paths 9. Smaller Internal Forces 10. Buckling 11. Prestress 12. Horizontal Movements of Frame Structures Induced by Vertical Loads Part 2: Dynamics 13. Energy Exchange 14. Pendulum 15. Free Vibration 16. Resonance 17. Damping in Structures 18. Vibration Reduction 19. Human Body Models in Structural Vibration