Tomasetti, Richard L. Lev Zetlin Associates, Inc., New York, New York.
Joseph, Leonard M. Lev Zetlin Associates, Inc., New York, New York.
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- Project requirements
- Seismic loading
- Project life
- Materials selection
- Structural schemes
- Structural analysis
- Stress, strain, and elastic modulus
- Material nonlinearity
- Geometric nonlinearity
- Curvature and plane sections
- Mode shapes
- Modal periods
- Final design
- Additional Reading
The selection of materials and member type, size, and configuration to carry loads in a safe and serviceable fashion. In general, structural design implies the engineering of stationary objects such as buildings and bridges, or mobile objects with rigid shapes such as ship hulls and aircraft frames (Fig. 1). Devices with parts planned to move with relation to each other (linkages) are generally assigned to the area of mechanical design.
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