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Structural analysis : a historical approach
Heyman, Jacques.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TA645 .H465 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This volume provides a concise, historical review of the methods of structural analysis and design--from Galileo in the seventeenth century, to the present day. Through it, students in structural engineering and professional engineers will gain a deeper understanding of the theory behind the modern software packages they use daily in structural design. This book also offers the reader a lucid examination of the process of structural analysis and how it relates to modern design. The first three chapters cover questions about the strength of materials, and how to calculate local effects. An account is then given of the development of the equations of elastic flexure and buckling, followed by a separate chapter on masonry arches. Three chapters on the overall behavior of elastic structures lead to a discussion of plastic behavior, and a final chapter indicates that there are still problems needing solution.

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Heyman traces the development of structural analysis and design from Galileo in the 17th century to the present day. His book outlines the development of strength of materials and elastic and plastic analysis methods; it also covers masonry arches and describes problems still in need of solution. From a historical perspective, it is fascinating to read about the contributions of the early giants in the field. The tracing of the understanding of problems such as the strength of a beam, a column, or an arch leads to a better appreciation of the enormous contributions made by these people. Any structural engineer would benefit from the overview contained in this book, and it could be used as supplemental reading in any course dealing with classical structural analysis. Libraries serving students in this field should have this book. Extensive bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. H. I. Epstein; University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

1 Galileo's problem
2 The moment of resistance
3 The effect of shear
4 Elastic flexure and buckling
5 The masonry arch
6 Elastic beams and frames
7 The trussed framework
8 Scholium 1
9 Plastic theory
10 Scholium 2