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Structural Engineering: A Very Short Introduction

David Blockley

September 2014

ISBN: 9780199671939

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Using examples from around the world, including the Shard in London and jumbo jets like the A380, David Blockley explores the world of structural engineering. This Very Short Introduction considers the crucial role structural engineering has on issues such as cost and energy efficiency to long-term sustainability and safety.

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Using examples from around the world, including the Shard in London and jumbo jets like the A380, David Blockley explores the world of structural engineering. This Very Short Introduction considers the crucial role structural engineering has on issues such as cost and energy efficiency to long-term sustainability and safety.

  • Looks at what structural engineering is and how it fits into other branches of engineering
  • Examines the close relationship between architectural and structural form
  • Explores how structures work including issues such as safety and logistics
  • Considers its affects on the material world around us
  • Includes a number of different structures from civil, mechanical, aeronautical, and aerospace engineering
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David Blockley, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, UK

David Blockley is an engineer and an academic scientist. He has been Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Royal Society of Arts. He has written four other books including The Penguin Dictionary of Civil Engineering (2005) and Bridges:The science and art of the world's most inspiring structures (2011).

Table of Contents

    1:Everything has structure
    2:Does form follow function?
    3:From Stonehenge to skyscrapers
    4:Understanding structure
    5:Movers and shakers
    6:Resilience
    Glossary
    References
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"There are many books on science for the general reader, but far fewer such books on engineering. This short introduction to structural engineering contributes to the latter. It is evident that the book's production required a vast knowledge and deep insight into the subject, coupled with a great deal of effort and indubitable ability and vision." - Tianjian Ji, The Structural Engineer

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