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

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


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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.

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  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.

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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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    Structures, buildings and infrastructure enable cities to function and offer delight. Today, architects and engineers have a vast portfolio to draw inspiration from. 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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    Despite the many advantages of computer-aided analysis methods, structural engineers need to understand basic structural theory and its development.

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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. There are common themes and, by studying them, we can learn to minimise the risk of repeats.

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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.

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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.

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  8. Essential Knowledge Text No. 8. New structural materials (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 8. New structural materials (PDF)

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    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.

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  9. Essential Knowledge Text No. 9. Stress and strain (PDF)

    Essential Knowledge Text No. 9. Stress and strain (PDF)

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    This Text provides a summary of the essential knowledge of mechanics of materials for structural engineers.

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  10. 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 basic structural behaviours; load paths; equilibrium; stability and robustness; choosing structural form and layout; and decomposition of real structures for analysis.

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