Understanding 2D Structural Analysis GRASP

Understanding 2D Structural Analysis GRASP

Book Understanding 2D Structural Analysis GRASP.
Learning Modules in the Modeling and Analysis of Framed Structures using GRASP
By Andres Winston C. Oreta Department of Civil Engineering De La Salle University Manila, Philippines

Understanding 2D Structural Analysis GRASP

CONTENTS of Understanding 2D Structural Analysis
1 Understanding Structural Analysis
2 A Tour of GRASP
3 Loading Continuous Beams
4 Pattern Loading in Multistory Frames
5 Lateral Forces in Buildings
6 Pinned and Fixed Support Conditions
7 Soil Effects on Foundations
8 Support Settlements
9 Truss Analysis
10 Special Modeling Issues
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An exploratory-type of instructional and learning material consisting of ten modules about modeling and analysis of framed structures in 2D is presented. Each module focuses on a specific issue on structural modeling and analysis which is discussed with the aid of graphical and tabular results obtained from the 2D structural analysis software, GRASP. The set of learning modules is not a substitute to a textbook on structural analysis. The theory is not presented. No derivations or equations can be found. The student or reader must refer to the textbooks for definitions, equations and techniques. Each chapter begins with background information and a “case study”. The reader explores the issues raised in the case study through the “Things to Do” activities or by simply observing and analyzing the “Observation” and graphical and tabular results presented in the module. Included in the modules are “Things to Try” exercises and “Things to Ponder” comments on the analysis and design of structures. Using the set of learning modules, the reader or student with the aid of a structural analysis software like GRASP discovers important insights on the response and behavior of structures due to variations in the parameters of the model and configurations of the structure, changes in member and material properties, and also changes in the restraint and loading conditions. Through the graphical results, the student can visualize the phenomena and this would accelerate his understanding of concepts through the experience of seeing and interpreting solutions to various structural modeling and analysis problems. The implication and relevance of the case study to the safe and reliable design of structures are also discussed. Each chapter ends with a set of references and reading materials related to the issue presented in the module. The student is encouraged to perform the “Things to Try” exercises which are related to the case study. Since GRASP provides direct feedback graphically and numerically, the student can explore and have fun by simple modification of the configuration of the structural model or loading condition and will expand his knowledge and understanding about modeling, analysis and design of framed structures.

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