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Structures Book: Foreword

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The book provides a conceptual approach to the analysis of indeterminate structures using both classical and modern matrix methods in such a manner as to provide a continuous link between them and assisting students in better understanding of structural behaviour when subjected to external static and dynamic loading. The book aims at providing both an advance or a major level course of structural analysis at the undergraduate level and a regular course for the post graduate students of structural and architectural engineering stream. It focuses on essential concepts of structural deformations that are at times overlooked by the students while analysisng indeterminate structures. Whilst, the classical methods still suffice in a majority of cases, the book provides deeper insight to a fundamental understanding of the modern computational techniques/ tools commonly used for analysis in real life structural designs. The book also provides an introductory coverage to analysis of indeterminate structures subjected to dynamic loadings. The contents of various chapters have been so arranged as to maintain the continuity of various methods of structural analysis.

It is a common practice in the industry, globe over, to use commercially available software packages for design of real life structures. Since every software package used by the industry is a black box, it is generally recommended to validate the results to ensure reliability. It therefore becomes necessary that the practicing engineer must have a feel as to how the structure would behave under applied loading. Dr.Mallick seems to be touching on this basic objective that once the engineering students join the industry, they should be thoroughly conversant with modern analytical techniques that are commonly deployed by the host of the industrial establishments. Further, the book recommends new approach to tutorial exercises in the form of projects. This new idea will give teachers the freedom to impart their own experience to students and, will provide an incentive to engineers and students to tackle practical problems later on in their profession.

It is fortunate that Prof D V Mallick, a person of eminence, who is not only a well known research scientist in the field of Structural Dynamics but also an expert in the profession, has undertaken the challenging task to bring out this book “Analysis of Indeterminate Structures - A Conceptual Approach”. With his initial experience with Institution of academic excellence like Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and University of Tripoli Libya for a period of 22 years and subsequent field experience as consulting engineer/ Technical advisor for about 20 years, Prof. Mallick has compiled all his experience in the form of this book. He has touched all related aspects required for analysis of indeterminate structures starting with basic fundamentals using classical approach and has given due coverage to all analytical aspects.

On behalf of the engineering community and on my own behalf, I wish to extend my hearty congratulations to Prof. Mallick for having brought out this excellent book. It is earnestly hoped that the book will be found useful by not only by UG /PG students but also by practising engineers.

Dr. K G Bhatia
Machine Foundation Design and Structural Dynamics
Development Centre for Applied Dynamics, 
New Delhi, India
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