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Matrix Analysis of Structures 2nd Edition

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"Consistent notation; many examples; straight forward presentation."

"I feel it's extremely well done and the level matches well with what I expect senior level engineering students to comprehend."

About the Author

Aslam Kassimali is Professor of Civil Engineering at Southern Illinois University. He teaches structural engineering, nonlinear structural analysis, and structural dynamics and stability. Consistently recognized for teaching excellence, Dr. Kassimali has received 19 awards for outstanding teaching at the department and the college level since joining Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1980. In 1996 he was named the Outstanding Teacher of the entire university, and in 2004 he was awarded the title of Distinguished Teacher. Professor Kassimali completed undergraduate work at the University of Karachi in Pakistan in 1969, earned a master's degree from Iowa State University in 1971, and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111426201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111426200
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must for a structural engineer who wants to have a better understanding of how computers are used to perform structural analysis. The author explains precisely how computers are used to analyze 2D and 3D trusses, beams, frames, and grids in a language a working engineer can understand. This book has the reader participate in the process of understanding matrix analysis of structures by supplying flowcharts and examples that are accurate and easy to understand.
Also, the author discusses the flexibility and stiffness methods as well as finite-element formulation using virtual work to explain matrix structural analysis. And what I like about this book the most is the fact that the author explains in a step-by-step manner precisely how to write and test a working matrix structural analysis program in any computer programming language.
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This book solves 2D and 3D structures using Stiffness Method. For the 2D structures, it starts off with trusses, then beams and frames. Next, for the 3D structures, space trusses, space beams i.e. grids and space frames are introduced. Special cases such as pin-jointed members or member releases, temperature and fabrication error effects and support displacements were considered in this book. Usually, a structural stiffness matrix's size is Z x Z where Z is 2 times the number of joints for 2D structures. However, in this book, Kassimali's structural stiffness matrix size is DOF x DOF where DOF is the number of directions a joint can freely move. Thus this reduces computer memory storage. This book also comes with a CD-ROM with 6 programs for solving 2D and 3D trusses, beams and frames. Highly recommended for Structural Engineers wanting to write their own Structural Analysis software using Stiffness Method as good flowcharts are presented in this book. There is only 7 pages on Flexibility method. Special topics and modelling techniques are introduced such as nonprismatic members, semirigid connections, inclined roller supports etc. are presented in this book.
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The best text I have seen on the subject of matrix structural analysis. Matrix structural analysis is often an afterthought in structural engineering texts. The subject matter deserves a dedicated book like this. Provides clear explanations of the algorithms. The book is written at senior undergraudate/first year graduate level. The reader should have a solid foundation in both structural analysis and matrix algebra.

However, the book will not cover topics some big topics of importance:

1. Nonlinear analysis is not covered. Get Chen's "Stability Design of Semi-Rigid Frames" or McGuire's "Matrix Structural Analysis" for nonlinear methods.

2. Still too much emphasis on Guassian Elimination type methods for matrix solvers. This is a horrible way to solve large matrix problems. Little or nothing is ever mentioned about sparse iterative solvers in most matrix structural analysis texts. I only ever use sparse iterative solvers when doing finite element and matrix methods for structures.
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I did not purchase as a textbook. my interest was to develop my own plane frame analysis program, for my own use. I am somewhat accomplished with C++ so it seemed a natural. furthermore, AMAZON states the book contains software as a "bundle". perfect>>> wrong. the software I was eventually was able to download does not include ANALYSIS, albeit only the input routine. complaints to publisher and author have gone unanswered. do the flowcharts work? who knows. this is clearly a scam. a student may can get access, I cant. boo and hiss.
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You just need to read it! The way Mr. Kassimali explains the background of the structural analysis using the stiffness matrix method supplied with many examples and flowcharts is simply the best.This book really teaches. A must for structural engineer!
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It help me a lot when working with stiffness method. It shows you how to use in special cases like settlement and errors in construction.
Kassimali's book is the best I known for matrix analysis used in structural analysis.
I keep using it for my teaching for the last 4 years.
It's a blessing for me that this guy had written something like this.
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