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  1. Essential Knowledge Text No.1. Introduction - Part 1: Structure is everywhere! (PDF - FREE TO DOWNLOAD)

    Essential Knowledge Text No.1. Introduction - Part 1: Structure is everywhere! (PDF - FREE TO DOWNLOAD)


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    This Text introduces the universal role of structures in our world. It explains the complex thought processes that are at play in the act of ‘structural design’. It highlights the challenges and rewards of design synthesis. Learn More

  2. Essential Knowledge Text No. 2. Introduction: Part 2 - Designing a meaningful structure (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 2. Introduction: Part 2 - Designing a meaningful structure (PDF)

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    This Text presents the fundamental thought processes of conceptual design and the basic principles that underpin all structural systems. These general processes and principles are applied to bridges, towers and low-rise, long-span structures. The essential interaction between selection of structural form and choice of structural material(s) is emphasised.

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  3. Essential Knowledge Text No. 3. Historical development of structural form (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 3. Historical development of structural form (PDF)

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    The built environment is key to the functioning of civilisation. Structures, buildings and infrastructure enable cities to function and offer delight. 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.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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
  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. 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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  9. 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

  10. 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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