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Analysis of Structural Systems
Author: Fleming, John F.

Cover: Hard cover
List Price: $87.00
Published by Prentice Hall
Date Published: 11/1996
ISBN: 0133259862


Integrates the use of the computer with the classical, manual methods of analysis.

Provides a set of computer programs (on CD-ROM), which can be used for various types of structural analysis -- ranging from the computation of the member end loads and reactive loads for a statically determinate truss or frame by solving a set of equilibrium equations, to the computation of the displacements, member end loads and reactive loads for a statically indeterminate truss or frame by the Stiffness Method.

  • The programs allow students to analyze a structure for a variety of conditions in order to determine how changes in the properties of the structure or of the applied loads affect the response of the structure.
  • The output for some of the programs is limited to numeric output, while the output of other programs consists of screen plots -- such as the shear force and bending moment diagrams for a beam, the influence lines for the member forces in a plane truss, and the deflected shape of a truss or frame due to a set of applied loads.

Features example problems that first demonstrate the procedure for solving the problem manually, and then solve the same problem using a computer program that is included in the book.

Contains numerous chapter-end problems that require students to first solve the problem manually and then to check their solutions using an appropriate computer program.

The programs include:

  • SDPTRUSS*: Statically determinate plane truss analysis using equilibrium equations.
  • SDPFRAME*: Statically determinate plane frame analysis using equilibrium equations.
  • BEAMIL: Plot influence lines for reactions, shear force and bending moment for beams.
  • SEQSOLVE: Solve set of linear simultaneous equations by Gauss-Jordan Elimination.
  • PTRUSSIL: Plot influence lines for member forces in plane trusses.
  • SDSTRUSS*: Statically determinate space truss analysis using equilibrium equations.
  • BEAMVM: Plot shear force and bending moment diagrams and deflected shape for beams.
  • SDSFRAME*: Statically determinate space frame analysis by equilibrium equations.
  • FLEX*: Statically determinate or statically indeterminate analysis by the Flexibility Method.
  • PTRUSS*: Plane truss analysis by the Stiffness Method.
  • PFRAME*: Plane frame analysis by the Stiffness Method.
  • FATPAK II: A student edition of a commercial, general purpose structural analysis package (Stiffness Method) which is in use in a number of structural engineering offices in both the United States and several foreign countries.

Supplies the source code (in ASCII disk files) for several programs* to demonstrate how the various analysis procedures can be implemented on the computer.