Explains purpose and limitations of structural analysis as tool for designing buildings, other structures. Describes linear and nonlinear behavior of structures and structural components, and how to model this for analysis. Uses physical explanations rather than formal theory or mathematics. Reference for students, educators, practicing engineers at all levels
Dr. Powell, Professor Emeritus at the University of California - Berkeley, presents in this new book a common-sense approach for the modern world, where structural analysis is typically done by computer, and where modeling (setting up a useful analysis model) and interpretation (using analysis results to make design decisions) can be more important than analysis theory and computational methods. The book emphasizes behavior, and how this behavior can be modeled for analysis. It shows that structural analysis is at best approximate, and explains how "capacity design" can be used to improve performance.