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From Theory to Practice, 1st Edition

By Alan Jennings

CRC Press

640 pages | 64 B/W Illus.

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Using aspects of structural behaviour, good design practice and effective computational techniques to illustrate the importance of the fundamental theoretical concepts presented, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the analysis and design of structures.

The over-riding importance of equilibrium is emphasized and, together with related topics, is the subject of the first five chapters. After deflections have been introduced in chapter six, elastic theory, buckling, plastic theory and energy methods are all introduced and their range of applicability discussed. Numerous case studies are included to help readers gain an appreciation of how theory relates in practice to real life structures.

With a broad range of worked examples, questions and references to further reading, Structures is the ideal course text for entry-level students on degree, HNC and HND courses.


'A wide-ranging introduction to structural behaviour and analysis, copiously illustrated with historical examples, case studies of modern landmark structures, and failure analyses.'

'The examples are well spread throughout the book, and … are sure to enthuse anyone with more than a passing interest in the subject.'

'Best suited to students at the top end of the ability range, and is also likely to be attractive to professional structual engineers looking to brush up their skills or gain some new insights into their subject.' - all from Dr. Martin Williams, Hazards Forum

'It is difficult to find a topic that is not considered in detail within this text … the list is exhaustive and in all cases the presentation of the methods is rigorous.' - The Engineers Journal, the Institution of Engineers of Ireland magazine

'An excellent, interesting and beneficial read.' - The Engineers Journal, the Institution of Engineers of Ireland magazine

Table of Contents

1. Rigid Body Mechanics. 2. Gravity Structures. 3. Internal Forces. 4. Beams. 5. Trusses. 6. Linear Elastic Behaviour. 7. Stability. 8. Energy Concepts. 9. Ultimate Behaviour. Answers to Questions.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General