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  1. Essential Knowledge Text No.17. Dynamics (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No.17. Dynamics (PDF)

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    Structural dynamics is the study of how structures respond to loads that vary rapidly with time. This introduction to the subject, focusing on linear elastic structures, explains how to calculate or estimate the key dynamic properties of simple structures, and outlines the principles used by finite element programs in analysing the dynamics of more complex structures. Learn More

  2. Essential Knowledge Text No.16. Stability (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No.16. Stability (PDF)

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    ‘Stability’ is one of two fundamental requirements of a structure, the other being ‘equilibrium’. The lack of stability during construction or during the life of a structure can cause catastrophic structural failure. Stability is necessary against horizontal loads, asymmetric loading, out-of-plane loading and the effects of geometric imperfections, loading eccentricities and tolerances. The global stability system must form a core component of the overall structural design, and is accompanied by considerations to ensure the design of individual structural members. Learn More

  3. Essential Knowledge Text No.14. Principles for computer analysis of structures (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No.14. Principles for computer analysis of structures (PDF)

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    This Text presents the ‘reflective approach’ to the computer analysis of structures, to ensure that the analysis model is a valid representation of the real structure and that the structural analysis has been carried out correctly. Appendices present examples of the approach. Learn More

  4. Essential Knowledge Text No.13. Behaviour of beams and two-dimensional frames (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No.13. Behaviour of beams and two-dimensional frames (PDF)

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    This is an introduction to the understanding of structural behaviour — applied to two-dimensional, mainly redundant frames. The text demonstrates a qualitative approach, with an emphasis on a diagrammatic solution consisting of the deflected shape, reactions and bending moment diagrams.

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  5. Essential Knowledge Text No.11. Triangulated structures (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No.11. Triangulated structures (PDF)

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    An introduction to the most important aspects of triangulated structures of interest to a structural engineer. Learn More

  6. Essential Knowledge Text No. 10. Structural form: Introduction to behaviour selection and analysis (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 10. Structural form: Introduction to behaviour selection and analysis (PDF)

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    This Text introduces and explains:

    basic structural behaviours
    load paths
    equilibrium, stability and robustness
    factors to be considered when choosing structural form and layout
    decomposition of real structures into members and joints for analysis
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  7. Essential Knowledge Text No. 7. Traditional structural materials (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 7. Traditional structural materials (PDF)

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    This Text presents the most traditional and familiar structural materials: steel, concrete, masonry, timber and glass. Learn More

  8. Essential Knowledge Text No. 6. Introduction to structural materials (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 6. Introduction to structural materials (PDF)

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      This Text explains the importance of a knowledge of materials in structural engineering. Learn More
  9. Essential Knowledge Text No. 5. Lessons from failures (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 5. Lessons from failures (PDF)

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    Failures happen and their causes are many. Some are avoidable. Others, consequent on natural disaster, may be unavoidable. However, as a group, failures are not just ‘accidents’. There are common themes and, by studying them, we can learn to minimise the risk of repeats, which is our duty in the cause of ‘safety’.

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  10. Essential Knowledge Text No. 4. Historical development of structural theories and methods of analysis - context of modern computer analysis (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 4. Historical development of structural theories and methods of analysis - context of modern computer analysis (PDF)

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    Nowadays, engineers usually predict structural performance using computerised methods of analysis. Program availability for this task is an enormous boon — saving time and cost, as well as offering insights into behaviour, that used to be simply unimaginable. Nonetheless, there are dangers — exemplified by certain catastrophic failures — as a consequence of misuse. Structural engineers need to understand the basics of structural theory and how it has developed. This understanding both ensures that we realise the limitations in our analytical abilities and enables us to validate computer output effectively.

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