Addresses the Question Frequently Proposed to the Designer by Architects: “Can We Do This? Offering guidance on how to use code-based procedures while at the same time providing an understanding of why provisions are necessary, Tall Building Design: Steel, Concrete, and Composite Systems (PDF) methodically explores the structural behavior of steel, concrete, and composite members and systems. This textbook establishes the notion that design is a creative process and not just the execution of framing proposals. It cultivates imaginative approaches by presenting examples specifically related to essential building codes and standards. Tying together precision and accuracy―it also bridges the gap between 2 design approaches―one based on initiative skill and the other based on computer skill.
The ebook explains loads and load combinations typically used in building design, explores methods for determining design wind loads using the provisions of ASCE 7-10, and examines wind tunnel procedures. It defines conceptual seismic design, as the avoidance or minimization of problems created by the effects of seismic excitation. It introduces the concept of performance-based design (PBD). It also addresses serviceability considerations, prediction of tall building motions, seismic isolation, damping devices, blast-resistant design, and progressive collapse. The final chapters explain gravity and lateral systems for concrete, steel, and composite buildings.
The eBook Also Considers:
- Preliminary analysis and design techniques
- The concept of ductility trade-off for strength
- Design differences between code-sponsored approaches
- The structural rehabilitation of seismically vulnerable steel and concrete buildings
Tall Building Design: Steel, Concrete, and Composite Systems is a structural design guide and reference for practicing engineers and educators, as well as recent graduates entering the structural engineering profession. This textbook examines all major concrete, steel, and composite building systems, and uses the most up-to-date building codes.
“… one of the most comprehensive ebooks covering the structural design of high-rise buildings. Examples from the writer’s rich experiences are beneficial for young structural engineers.” ― Sang Dae Kim, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
“Not only do I want to have it on the shelf, but also use it as a required textbook for my graduate course and technical electives. The author, Dr. Taranath clearly demonstrates superior knowledge of building codes especially as it relates to earthquake engineering and wind engineering.” ― Dr. Hany J. Farran, professor of structural engineering, Cal Poly Pomona, California, USA
“This ebook is an outstanding, comprehensive resource for all aspects of tall building design. I particularly appreciate the marriage of theory and practicality by having the foundation be a conceptual understanding that is then reinforced by code-based applications. This fact is what makes great engineers. Although it is a substantial textbook, it is not intimidating and is easily approached by advanced and new students. It is a textbook that students will want in their library as they move into their design careers.” ― David Naish, Assistant Professor, California State University Fullerton, USA