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Basic Concepts of Structural Design for Architecture Students

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Anahita Khodadadi

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Reviewed by Daniel Castaneda, Assistant Professor, James Madison University on 8/23/23

Introductory content is included on loading and types of loads with reference to the ASCE/SEI 7-02 standard. Review of forces as vectors is provided, as is a review of the manifestation of internal forces in linear members (beams and columns).... read more

Reviewed by James Lord, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech on 3/23/22

This book covers all of the fundamental concepts found in a typical undergraduate structural design class. It is aimed at architecture students and is pitched at an appropriate level for such students. The book covers all of the statics and... read more

Table of Contents

    • 1. Loads on Structures 3
      2. Forces and Vector Analysis 17
      3. Equilibrium 31
      4. Catenary Cables and Arches 45
      5. Trusses 65
      6. Lattice Domes 87
      7. Material Properties 104
      8. Cross-sectional Properties 115
      9. Shear and Bending Stress in Simple Beams 125
      10. Deflection in Simple Beams 134
      11. Buckling in Columns 144
      12. Load Tracing 150

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About the Book

This book aims to narrate fundamental concepts of structural design to architecture students such that they have minimum involvement with math problem-solving. Within this book, students learn about different types of loads, forces and vector addition, the concept of equilibrium, internal forces, geometrical and material properties of structural elements, and rules of thumb for estimating the proportion of some structural systems such as catenary cables and arches, trusses, and frame structures.

About the Contributors


Anahita Khodadadi is an assistant professor at Portland State University. She teaches structures, building science, and tectonics courses, mentors architecture design studios, and advises graduate design and research projects. Khodadadi received her doctoral degree in Architecture (Building Technology) at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include performance-based design, configuration processing of spatial structures using Formex algebra, interactive multi-objective optimization, development of parametric design tools, and STEM education for non-STEM students. Khodadadi is a registered architect in Tehran, Iran. She is a LEED Green Associate and received the Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award in 2021. Khodadadi’s significant fields of expertise are geometrical modeling of spatial forms, objectoriented programming, and understanding and analyzing the structural performance of buildings. 

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