Book Name: Fundamental Structural Analysis by W. J. Spencer
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Fundamental Structural Analysis by W. J. Spencer


PREFACE to Fundamental Structural Analysis by W. J. Spencer

Important modifications have occurred within the method to structural evaluation during the last twenty years. These modifications have been led to by a extra common understanding of the character of the issue and the event of the digital pc.

Nearly all s~ructural engineering workplaces all through the world would now have entry to some type of digital pc, starting from hand-held programmable calculators by to the biggest machines obtainable.

Highly effective microcomputers are additionally extensively obtainable and plenty of engineers and college students have private computer systems as a common support to their work.

Issues in structural evaluation have now been formulated in such a means that the answer is offered by the usage of the pc, largely by what is called matrix strategies of structural evaluation.

It’s fascinating to notice that such strategies don’t put ahead new theories in structural evaluation, reasonably they’re a restatement of classical idea in a fashion that may be immediately associated to the pc.

This e-book begins with the premise that the majority structural evaluation might be carried out on a pc. This isn’t to say {that a} elementary understanding of structural behaviour just isn’t offered or that solely computer-based methods are given.

Certainly, the reverse is true. Understanding structural behaviour is an underlying theme and plenty of resolution methods appropriate for hand computation, corresponding to second distribution, are retained.


Essentially the most extensively used methodology of computer-based structural evaluation is the matrix stiffness methodology. For that reason, the entire elementary ideas of constructions and structural behaviour are offered towards the background of the matrix stiffness methodology.

The result’s that the scholar is of course launched to the usage of the pc in structural evaluation, and neither matrix strategies nor the pc are handled as an addendum.

Matrix algebra is now effectively taught in undergraduate arithmetic programs and it’s assumed that the reader is effectively acquainted with the topic.

In lots of cases the answer methods require the manipulation of matrices and the answer of techniques of simultaneous linear equations.

These are the operations that the digital pc can most readily deal with and they’re operations that are constructed into pc software packages in structural engineering.

For the scholar, nevertheless, it’s important that these operations are understood, in order that it’s fascinating to have a type of matrix manipulation pc program obtainable.

Many programmable pocket calculators at present present for such operations and there’s no doubt that the capability and pace with which these machines can perform these duties will improve with additional developments.

Some pc languages, notably some variations of BASIC, present for common matrix manipulation, and scientific library subroutines for dealing with matrices are supplied with different languages corresponding to Fortran.


A 3rd chance is to supply a pc program within the type of a problem-orientated language, with a command construction immediately aimed toward facilitating the manipulation of matrices.

Such a pc program, often called MATOP and developed by the writer, is offered as an appendix to the textual content and used with illustrative examples all through.

This system just isn’t distinctive and different such packages have been extensively obtainable for a lot of years. The textual content is seen as a primary course in structural mechanics or the speculation of constructions.

Though it’s assumed that college students can have carried out a primary course within the extra common subject of utilized mechanics together with easy beam idea and stress evaluation.

The fabric might be greater than might be lined in two semesters, and certainly it has been delivered over three semesters.

The primary two chapters define the elemental rules and introduce college students to the character of constructions and the structural evaluation downside.

An in depth research of equilibrium and statical and kinematic determinacy is offered in chapter 2. In chapter 3, the foundations of the matrix stiffness methodology are offered and the concepts of component and construction stiffness matrices are developed.

The classical slope-deflection equations are developed from easy beam idea on this chapter, and offered in matrix notation to provide the final beam component stiffness matrix.

The matrix stiffness methodology is additional developed in chapter 4, the place it’s utilized to steady beams and rectangular frames.

At this stage coordinate transformation just isn’t launched and axial deformation of the component is ignored. The method results in some highly effective purposes the place the evaluation outcomes might be obtained fairly quickly, significantly with the usage of the direct stiffness methodology.

It’s proven in lots of cases that the answer is lowered to one among dealing with matrices of a measurement that may be adequately handled on a pocket calculator.

The second distribution methodology has been retained as a helpful hand methodology of research and that is detailed in chapter 5, with purposes to beams and rectangular frames.

The work is intently associated to that of chapter 4 and the second distribution methodology is proven as a logical variation of the matrix stiffness methodology.


Chapter 6 returns to the matrix stiffness methodology to introduce the final stiffness methodology and coordinate transformation. A wider vary of constructions is now thought of, together with composite constructions the place parts of various sorts are launched into the one construction.

A elementary research of structural evaluation should embody a reference to the precept of digital work which is offered in chapter 7.

Each the precept of digital displacements and the precept of digital forces are thought of. The precept of digital forces, significantly with regard to expressions for the deflection of constructions, leads logically into the pliability methodology of research offered in chapter 8.

This gives an alternate method to the stiffness methodology and offers a stability to the general research. The writer is satisfied that the final use of pc packages for structural evaluation makes calls for for higher, reasonably than much less, consciousness and understanding of structural behaviour on the a part of customers.

Structural computations should nonetheless be checked, outcomes should nonetheless be interpreted and engineering judgement should nonetheless be exercised.

To facilitate this, a chapter on approximate strategies of research is included (chapter 9). It’s offered at this stage since it’s felt that approximate strategies can solely be launched towards a background of common information of structural behaviour.

In a closing chapter, some common steering to pc software packages in structural evaluation is offered. Some elements of modelling of constructions are additionally mentioned.

Quite a few examples are given all through the textual content and a standard thread is achieved by the usage of this system MATOP, particulars of that are given in an appendix with a program itemizing in Fortran 77.

A lot of the information offered all through the textual content is collected collectively in one other appendix as a ‘Structural Mechanics College students’ Handbook’.

The numerous information here’s a collective assertion of the component stiffness matrices for varied component sorts.


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