1st Edition

Seeing and Touching Structural Concepts

ISBN 9780415397742
Published July 23, 2008 by CRC Press
288 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Tianjian Ji has worked on the design of structures and on structural investigations with consultants, the China Academy of Building Research and the Building Research Establishment Ltd, UK, for over ten years. He joined UMIST in 1996 and is a senior lecturer teaching structures courses ranging from first year to final year levels and has carried out research in structural engineering and structural dynamics.

Adrian Bell has worked with consultants on the design of a wide range of structures including long span roofs and tower structures. Now as a senior lecturer at UMIST, he has taught courses in structural analysis and structural design for twenty-five years and has carried out research into cable, steel and masonry structures.


Very good. Contains lots of illustrations and applications which makes the concepts highly visible. - Lecturer, Imperial College, London