This comprehensive textbook combines classical and matrix-based methods of structural analysis and develops them concurrently. It is widely used by civil and structural engineering lecturers and students because of its clear and thorough style and content. The text is used for undergraduate and graduate courses and serves as reference in structural engineering practice. With its six translations, the book is used internationally, independent of codes of practice and regardless of the adopted system of units.
Now in its seventh edition:
- the introductory background material has been reworked and enhanced
- throughout, and particularly in early chapters, explanatory notes, new examples and problems are inserted for more clarity., along with 160 examples and 430 problems with solutions.
- dynamic analysis of structures, and applications to vibration and earthquake problems, are presented in new sections and in two new chapters
- the companion website provides an enlarged set of 16 computer programs to assist in teaching and learning linear and nonlinear structural analysis. The source code, an executable file, input example(s) and a brief manual are provided for each program.
Table of Contents
Structural analysis modeling. Statically determinate structures. Introduction to the analysis of statically indeterminate structures. Force method of analysis. Displacement method of analysis. Use of force and displacement methods. Strain energy and virtual work. Determination of displacements by virtual work. Important energy theorems. Displacement of elastic structures by special methods. Application of force and displacement methods. Influence lines for beams, frames grids, arches, and trusses. Effects of axial forces on flexural stiffness. Analysis of shear-wall structures. Method of finite differences. Finite-element method. Further development of finite-element method. Plastic analysis of continuous beams and frames. Yield-line and strip methods for slabs. Structural dynamics. Response of structures to earthquakes. Computer analysis of framed structures. Implementation of computer analysis. Nonlinear analysis. Structural reliability analysis. Structural analysis computer programs.
A. Ghali, is an Emeritus Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Calgary, Canada.
'The book contains chapters which cover all possible theories to analyze a structure statically and dynamically. The matrix method of analysis should certainly prepare students with a basic understanding for developing efficient computer coded analysis and design procedures for structural parts.'
-- Pranesh Chatterjee, Tata Steel