## Examples in Structural Analysis Second Edition

using computer software. This can only be done safely and effectively if those undertaking

the design fully understand the concepts, principles and assumptions on which the

computer software is based. It is vitally important therefore that design engineers develop

this knowledge and understanding by studying and using hand-methods of analysis based

on the same concepts and principles, e.g. equilibrium, energy theorems, elastic,

elasto-plastic and plastic behaviour and mathematical modelling.

In addition to providing a mechanism for developing knowledge and understanding,

hand-methods also provide a useful tool for readily obtaining approximate solutions during

preliminary design and an independent check on the answers obtained from computer

analyses.

The methods explained and illustrated in this text, whilst not exhaustive, include those

most widely used in typical design offices, e.g. method-of-sections/joint resolution/unit

load/McCaulay’s method/moment distribution/plastic analysis etc.

In Chapter 7 a rÃ©sumÃ© is given of the direct stiffness method; the technique used in

developing most computer software analysis packages. The examples and problems in this

case have been restricted and used to illustrate the processes undertaken when using

matrix analysis; this is not regarded as a hand-method of analysis.

most widely used in typical design offices, e.g. method-of-sections/joint resolution/unit

load/McCaulay’s method/moment distribution/plastic analysis etc.

In Chapter 7 a rÃ©sumÃ© is given of the direct stiffness method; the technique used in

developing most computer software analysis packages. The examples and problems in this

case have been restricted and used to illustrate the processes undertaken when using

matrix analysis; this is not regarded as a hand-method of analysis.

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