Some Aspects of Structural Steelwork Design

(Third year standard)
  • Peter Polak


To the general designer the task of designing large static structures seems simple; the functional requirement is merely that the object shall not fall down and shall not deflect excessively under load. The difficulties are these: firstly there is no chance of a prototype, the test bed is usually the general public; the second problem is that of economy. In a large structure most of the material has the job of supporting the other material. Even in railway trains and aircraft the dead-weight can greatly exceed the pay-load. In buildings and bridges any weight saved high up or at mid-span leads to extensive further savings.


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© Peter Polak 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Polak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of SheffieldUK

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