Essential Knowledge Series
Accessible study texts explaining the key fundamentals of structural engineering. The texts cover the core principles of structural design, analysis and mechanics. They're an invaluable resource for engineering students around the world.
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Devised by the Institution's Education Steering Committee, based on an advisory structural behaviour curriculum (Desired Learning Outcomes) and available online, each text has been fully peer reviewed by experts in the field.
This text introduces the universal role of structures in our world.
This Text presents the fundamental thought processes of conceptual design and the basic principles that underpin all structural systems.
Today, architects and engineers have a vast portfolio of products and structural forms to draw on; this text describes how these forms have evolved from earliest times.
Nowadays, engineers usually predict structural performance using computerised methods of analysis. Program availability for this task is an enormous boon...
Failures happen and their causes are many. Some are avoidable, others may be unavoidable.
This Text explains the importance of a knowledge of materials in structural engineering.
This Text presents the most traditional and familiar structural materials.
This Text presents a range of emerging materials, both natural and man-made, which, in the right circumstances, can offer significant advantages over traditional materials.
A summary of the essential knowledge of mechanics of materials.
This Text introduces and explains basic structural behaviours, selection and analysis.
An introduction to the most important aspects of triangulated structures.
This Text is an introduction to the most important aspects of flexure in structures.
This is an introduction to the understanding of structural behaviour — applied to two-dimensional, mainly redundant frames.
This Text presents the ‘reflective approach’ to the computer analysis of structures.
This Text presents simple approaches to the approximate analysis of two-dimensional skeletal structures.
‘Stability’ is one of two fundamental requirements of a structure. The lack of stability during construction or during the life of a structure can cause catastrophic structural failure.
An introduction to structural dynamics, the study of how structures respond to loads that vary rapidly with time.
This Text provides a summary of the ground engineering knowledge required of all engineers.