1st Edition

Understanding Structural Engineering From Theory to Practice

    272 Pages
    by CRC Press

    272 Pages 229 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    In our world of seemingly unlimited computing, numerous analytical approaches to the estimation of stress, strain, and displacement—including analytical, numerical, physical, and analog techniques—have greatly advanced the practice of engineering. Combining theory and experimentation, computer simulation has emerged as a third path for engineering design and performance evaluation. As a result, structural engineers working in the practical world of engineering must apply and, ideally, thrive on these idealizations of science-based theories.

    Analyzing the major achievements in the field, Understanding Structural Engineering demonstrates how to bring science to engineering design. This book illustrates:

    • Key conceptual breakthroughs in structural engineering in the twentieth century

    • The science of structural engineering from basic mechanics and computing to the ultimate process of engineering design

    • How engineers implement theory to practice through idealizations and simplifications

    • Current and future trends in structural engineering

    Developments and advancements in structural engineering hinge on a few key breakthroughs in concepts, simplifications and idealizations. Simplification, inherent in the art of structural engineering, is a key theme throughout this book. But the authors go further. Their clear explanations of the role and impact of new, science-based developments shows you how to put them into practice.

    From Science to Engineering.  The Era of Elasticity.  The Era of Plasticity.  The Era of Finite Element.  Strut-and-Tie Model for Design of Structural Concrete Discontinuity Regions.  Toward Advanced Analysis for Steel Frame Design.  The Era of Model-Based Simulation.


    W. F. Chen and Salah EI-Din E. EI-Metwally are with the University of Hawaii.