This book presents a complete and unified treatment of the fundamental themes of structural mechanics, ranging from the traditional to the most advanced topics, covering mechanics of linear elastic solids, theory of beam systems, and phenomena of structural failure. The book considers explicitly all the static and kenetic operators of structural mechanics with their dual character.
Topics relating to structural symmetry are covered in a single chapter while dynamics is dealt with at various points. The logical presentation allows the clear introduction of topics such as finite element methods, automatic calculation of framed beam systems, plate and shell theory, theory of plasticity, and fracture mechanics.
Numerous worked examples, exercises with complete solutions and illustrations make it accessible both as a text for students and as a reference for research workers and practicing engineers.
Preface. About the author. Introduction. Geometry of areas. Kinematics and statics of rigid systems. Determination of constraint reactions. Internal beam reactions. Statically determinate beam systems. Analysis of strain and stress. Theory of elasticity. The Saint Venant problem. Beams and plates in flexure. Finite element method. Structural symmetry. Statically indeterminate structures: method of forces. Statically indeterminate structures: method of displacements. Plane frames. Energy methods for the solution of beam systems. Instability of elastic equilibrium. Theory of plasticity. Plane stress and plane strain conditions. Mechanics of fracture. Appendices A-N. Further reading. Index.