Structural Analysis: Skills for Practice, 1st edition

Published by Pearson (January 1, 2019) © 2020

  • James Hanson Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


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For courses in structural analysis.

Developing intuition and the habit of evaluating results

Structural Analysis: Skills for Practice encourages engineering students to develop intuition and the habit of evaluating the reasonableness of structural analysis results. The author presents examples and problems that incorporate a thought process to help students develop the metacognitive skill of thinking about their thought process.

The text presents content not seen in other structural analysis books that students need to pass the licensure exam and frames ideas for application on the job. The author also helps students learn skills to transition from novice to expert in their careers.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Homework problems are structured to achieve three goals: 1) develop intuition, 2) practice the concept, and 3) accurately evaluate results.
  • Evaluation of Results encourages students to develop the habit of seeing if their results are reasonable and being able to explain their results.
  • Example problems include the following checkpoint questions that remind students to stop and reflect on their thought process: Observed Expected Features, Satisfied Fundamental Principles and Approximations, Predicted Outcomes.
  • Every example and homework problem is built around real-world scenarios with most keyed to a real photo to promote visualization and connect with practical applications.

Additional features of this title

  • Homework problems for nearly half the chapters require students to calculate results using structural analysis software and to verify their results from solving problems by hand.
  • Unique chapters cover structural analysis skills and content used by practicing engineers that don't appear in other structural analysis textbooks:
    • Chapter 2: Predicting Results, Chapter 7: Introduction to Computer Aided Analysis, Chapter 10: Approximate Lateral Displacements, Chapter 11: Diaphragms
  • Motivation or the why of the concept being presented opens each chapter. Most of the chapter sections are organized with the following format: Brief introduction, How-To, Section Highlights and Example Problems.
  • Real photos and highly detailed realistic illustrations help students visualize the fundamental concepts presented in the text and apply them in interesting and realistic ways.
  1. Loads and Structure Idealization
    • 1.1 Loads
    • 1.2 Load Combinations
    • 1.3 Structure Idealization
    • 1.4 Application of Gravity Loads
    • 1.5 Application of Lateral Loads
    • 1.6 Distribution of Lateral Loads by Flexible Diaphragm
  2. Predicting Results
    • 2.1 Qualitative Truss Analysis
    • 2.2 Principle of Superposition
    • 2.3 Principle of Superposition
    • 2.4 Approximating Loading Conditions
  3. Cables and Arches
    • 3.1 Cables with Point Loads
    • 3.2 Cables with Uniform Loads
    • 3.3 Arches
  4. Internal Force Diagrams
    • 4.1 Internal Forces by Integration
    • 4.2 Constructing Diagrams by Deduction
    • 4.3 Diagrams for Frames
  5. Deformations
    • 5.1 Double Integration Method
    • 5.2 Conjugate Beam Method
    • 5.3 Virtual Work Method
  6. Influence Lines
    • 6.1 Table-of-Points Method
    • 6.2 Müller-Breslau Method
    • 6.3 Using Influence Lines
  7. Introduction to Computer Aided Analysis
    • 7.1 Why Computer Results are Always Wrong
    • 7.2 Checking Fundamental Principles
    • 7.3 Checking Features of the Solution
  8. Approximate Analysis of Indeterminate Trusses and Braced Frames
    • 8.1 Indeterminate Trusses
    • 8.2 Braced Frames with Lateral Loads
    • 8.3 Braced Frames with Gravity Loads
  9. Approximate Analysis of Rigid Frames
    • 9.1 Gravity Load Method
    • 9.2 Portal Method for Lateral Loads
    • 9.3 Cantilever Method for Lateral Loads
    • 9.4 Combined Gravity and Lateral Loads
  10. Approximate Lateral Displacements
    • 10.1 Braced Frames — Story Drift Method
    • 10.2 Braced Frames — Virtual Work Method
    • 10.3 Rigid Frames — Stiff Beam Method
    • 10.4 Rigid Frames — Virtual Work Method
    • 10.5 Solid Walls — Single Story
    • 10.6 Solid Walls — Multistory
  11. Diaphragms
    • 11.1 Distribution of Lateral Loads by Rigid Diaphragm
    • 11.2 In Plane Shear: Collector Beams
    • 11.3 In Plane Moment: Diaphragm Chords
  12. Force Method
    • 12.1 One Degree Indeterminate Beams
    • 12.2 Multi-Degree Indeterminate Beams
    • 12.3 Indeterminate Trusses
  13. Moment Distribution Method
    • 13.1 Overview of Method
    • 13.2 Fixed End Moments and Distribution Factors
    • 13.3 Beams and Sidesway Inhibited Frames
    • 13.4 Sidesway Frames
  14. Direct Stiffness Method for Trusses
    • 14.1 Overview of Method
    • 14.2 Transformation and Element Stiffness Matrices
    • 14.3 Compiling the System of Equations
    • 14.4 Finding Deformations, Reactions and Internal Forces
    • 14.5 Additional Loadings
  15. Direct Stiffness Method for Frames
    • 15.1 Element Stiffness Matrix
    • 15.2 Transformation Matrix
    • 15.3 Global Stiffness Matrix
    • 15.4 Loads Between Nodes
    • 15.5 Direct Stiffness Method
    • 15.6 Internal Forces

About our author

For over 20 years, Dr. James Hanson has blended his two greatest passions: engineering and teaching. His undergraduate and graduate degrees come from Cornell University where his engineering and teaching skills started developing. He further developed those skills as a structural engineer for a large chemical company and as an engineer officer in the US Army. As a result, he is a licensed professional engineer in New York and Indiana.

Now he is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology which means he gets to focus on developing pedagogies and testing their effectiveness. His specialty is speeding up the novice-to-expert transition in the area of evaluating the reasonableness of analysis and design results.

Jim's passion for blending engineering and teaching have led to awards from the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute. Perhaps the most telling awards, however, are the ones he received based on nominations from his current and former students: the Rose-Hulman Honorary Alumni Award and the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award.

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