Applied Structural Steel Design

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9780130382580: Applied Structural Steel Design

The second edition has been updated to conform to the latest (9th) edition of the AISC Steel Construction Manual and the 1989 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. The practical problem/solution-oriented approach to the design, analysis, and detailing of structural steel established in the first edition has been maintained. It is written at a mathematical level appropriate for engineering technology.

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While the objective of this Third Edition remains the same as its predecessors--to furnish readers with a basic understanding of the strength and behavior of structural steel members and their interrelationships in simple structural systems --the text has been both updated and improved for today's audience.

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The primary objective of the fourth edition of Applied Structural Steel Design remains unchanged since its first edition: to furnish the reader with a basic understanding of the strength and behavior of structural steel members and their interrelationships in simple structural systems.

The emphasis of this edition remains on the analysis and design of structural steel elements in accordance with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Specification for Structural Steel Buildings—Allowable Stress Design (ASD) and the AISC Manual of Steel Construction—ASD, 9th Edition.

Allowable stress design has been the traditional design method for structural steel. A modern design method called Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) was officially introduced in 1986 when AISC published the first edition of the Manual of Steel Construction—Load and Resistance Factor Design and the LRFD Specification for Structural Steel Buildings.

Both design methods are currently being used, and although most engineering professionals agree that LRFD will become the dominant method in the future, the traditional ASD method remains popular and practical and is still widely used. This edition is seen as a transitional text that bridges the two methods. ASD is utilized throughout the first 12 chapters. In these chapters, continual reference is made to the AISC Manual of Steel Construction—ASD, 9th edition, and its use as a ready reference and companion publication to the text is strongly recommended. The last two chapters furnish a simplified (but comprehensive) introduction to the LRFD method. Chapter 13 deals with structural members, and Chapter 14 covers basic connections.

In this fourth edition, discussions have been updated to reflect current information. Additionally, examples and homework problems reflect the greater usage of higher-strength steels, homework problems have been added, and some have been edited.

With a great amount of relevant structural steel research and literature available in various forms, it remains the intent of this book to translate this vast amount of information and data into an integrated source. It is not intended to be a comprehensive theoretical treatise of the subject, because we believe that such a document could easily obscure the fundamentals that we strive to emphasize in engineering technology programs. In addition, we are of the opinion that adequate comprehensive books on structural steel design do exist for those who seek the theoretical background, the research studies, and more rigorous applications.

The text content has remained primarily an elementary, noncalculus, practical approach to the design and analysis of structural steel members, using numerous example problems and a step-by-step solution format. In addition, chapters on structural steel detailing of beams and columns are included in an effort to convey to the reader a feeling for the design-detailing sequence.

The book has been thoroughly tested over the years in our engineering technology programs and should serve as a valuable design guide and source for technologists, technicians, and engineering and architectural students. Additionally, it will aid engineers and architects preparing for state licensing examinations for professional registration.

As in the past, gratitude is extended to students, colleagues, and users of the book who, with their questions, helpful criticisms, suggestions, and enthusiastic encouragement, have provided input for this edition.

Thanks also to the reviewers of this edition for their suggestions and comments: Thomas Burns, University of Cincinnati; John W. Buttlewerth, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; Sanjiv Gokhale, Purdue University; and Madan Mehta, University of Texas at Arlington.

George F. Limbrunner

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