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Unified Design of Steel Structures, 2nd edition, presents a fresh look at steel design that is based, from its inception, on the concepts used by the Specification Committee to develop the unified provisions.
The text is designed primarily for use in a single course in basic steel design, but may also be used in a second, building oriented course in steel design, depending on the coverage in the first course.
This text is based on the 2010 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. It addresses in a consistent way both LRFD and ASD design philosophies. It is designed to be used with the 14th edition of the Steel Construction Manual and is directly linked to it with discussions of numerous Manual Tables after the Specification equations have been addressed. This approach gives the student the advantage of knowing what primary resources are available in the Manual and how to use them. Each Chapter starts with a table indicating which sections of the Specification and which Parts of the Manual are to be discussed to assist the student with an understanding of the breadth of topics covered in that chapter.
All examples that rely on LRFD and ASD provisions are fully presented, even if it means some duplication, so that regardless of approach being taught, there will be no need to refer to the other approach example. All homework problems that could be LRFD or ASD are presented both ways so that the instructor may choose the approach they want the student to follow.
Unified LRFD and ASD: The only text designed from the start to address the unified LRFD and ASD Specification.
Emphasis on determining nominal strength so that an instructor can teach LRFD or ASD or both with little additional effort.
Every example is completed for both LRFD and ASD with a presentation format that makes the distinction easy to observe.
Consistent problem-solving procedure: All examples formatted to highlight appropriate steps in the process. Includes consistent problem-solving procedure in examples, to reinforce good problem-solving practices
LRFD and ASD Homework problems: Homework problems at the end of each chapter are given so that either LRFD or ASD provisions may be assigned.
Comparing ASD and LRFD:There are also problems designed to show comparisons between ASD and LRFD solutions. These problems will show that in some instances one method might give a more economical design while in other instances the reverse is true.
U.S. units are used throughout the text.