A beam is a horizontal structural member that is subjected to transverse loads.
A column is a vertical structural member that is subjected to axial loads.
The purpose of a footing is to transmit the load from the entire structure to the foundation.
A load path is the transmission of loads from one member (Ex: Beam) to the other (Ex: Girder), where the load is transferred downward, from the roof of the structure, all the way down to the foundation.
From Topics --> Steel Design page
Can be used to design high-rise buildings (skyscrapers)
Has a good tensile and compressive strength (equally)
Is a ductile material, and is, therefore, strong enough to withstand external pressures (earthquake, wind, etc.)
Is a recyclable material and the recycled material can be used for the construction of a new structure (has good scrap value)
Is a lightweight material, therefore, it can span long distance
Does not require formwork, unlike concrete which makes it cheaper than reinforced concrete
Is easily erectable which speeds up the construction process and it is easy to assemble/disassemble the structure
Has less repair and maintenance costs compared to concrete
There is a variety of connections types (welds, bolts, rivets)
Has less fire resistance compared to concrete, therefore, it needs fireproofing to resist fire damage; can melt at very high temperatures
Has buckling problems
Exact measurements have to be known before the transport and delivery of steel because the steel fabrication company does the manufacturing off-site (prefabrication)
Structural Analysis is the forecast of the performance of a structure under prescribed loading conditions. The results that are of interest are: the deflections, reactions and stresses.
From Topics --> Structural Analysis page
Engineering Statics is one of the branches of rigid-body mechanics that focuses on the study of bodies in equilibrium/at rest (acceleration = zero) or with a constant velocity.
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Solid mechanics/mechanics of materials/strength of mechanics/mechanics of deformable mechanics is one of the branches of deformable-body mechanics that focuses on the study of solid objects that can change shape or size as a result of loading or thermal effects.
From Topics --> Mechanics of Materials page
As you go from Loading diagram [w(x)] --> Shear diagram [V(x)] --> Moment diagram [M(x)], you have to integrate. But if you follow the opposite route from Moment diagram[M(x)] --> Shear diagram [V(x)] --> Load diagram [w(x)], you have to take the derivative. In other words, in terms of derivatives, you have the following relationships:
V(x) = dM/dx,
w(x) = dV/dx
Refer to image shown below.
Relationships between Loading, Shear and Moment diagram
Reinforced concrete is a composite material that combines the usage of both concrete and steel where the steel reinforcement is used to counteract the lack of tensile strength in concrete.
From Topics --> Reinforced concrete page
Has good tensile strength compared to plain concrete
Is shapeless like water, it can be made into any kind of shape
Strength increases with age
Is fire resistant
Is a better material for a strong foundation because of its heaviness in weight, which is the reason why most building have a reinforced concrete foundation
Needs less skilled labor compared to steel
Is more expensive than structural steel
Is a heavy material, therefore, it cannot span long distance like steel
Takes more time in construction compared to steel
Is not recyclable for the construction of a new structure (has nil scrap value)