Structural Design From First Principles

Structural Design From First Principles 

Michale Byfield

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This book outlines the philosophy behind what Europeans call limit state design and Americans to call load and resistance (safety) factor design. This is the method used by regulators to write modern structural design codes and it involves the application of partial safety factors to load and resistance. The ‘limit state’ is a condition beyond which a structure no longer fulfills the design intent, and there are two types: 1. Serviceability limit state (SLS) design: The structure must be fit for purpose under working loads. For most situations, this means the structure must remain elastic and not deflect excessively when supporting unfactored loads. 2. Ultimate limit state (ULS) design: The structure must be strong enough to support loads increased using (partial) safety factors. Unlike SLS design, the engineer can utilize the full plastic design strength if a material is ductile. For example, the plastic design is allowed for some steel members, whereas brittle materials, such as wood, must be designed using elastic principles..



Content :
  • Limit state design
  • Steel members in flexure
  • Buckling of steel columns and trusses
  • Buckling of arches
  • Buckling of thin-walled structures
  • Composite structures
  • Reinforced concrete beams and columns
  • Prestressed structures
  • Strut and tie modeling of reinforced concrete
  • Control of cracking in reinforced concrete
  • Timber beams, columns, and trusses


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