Essential Knowledge Series
The Essential Knowledge Series breaks down the key fundamentals of structural engineering into concise, accessible study texts,covering the core principles of structural design, analysis and mechanics. They're an invaluable resource for engineering students around the world.
Devised by the Institution's Education Steering Committee and available online, each text has been fully peer reviewed by experts in the field.
Do I have access to the Series?
Everyone can access Essential Knowledge Text No.1: Introduction: Part 1: Structure is Everywhere! for free. Click on the link below to download it now.
What about the other Texts in the Series?
We will be releasing new Texts each month (with a break in July and August 2016), until the Series is complete at around 20 Texts.
- Student and Academic Members - FREE to download from the links below when you log in
- All other members - £5.50 from the Institution Bookshop
- Non-members - £12.50 from the Institution Bookshop
Are you a student? Want to get every text in the series for free? Sign up for student membership today. As soon as your application has been successfully processed (5-7 days) you’ll have access to the entire Series.
Please note that these texts will not necessarily be published in numerical sequence
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 introduces and explains basic structural behaviours, selection and analysis.
An introduction to the most important aspects of triangulated 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.
‘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.