Structural Steel Textbooks
Steel educators need to stay updated on current textbooks available and those available in the near future on the topics related to the structural steel construction industry. AISC has compiled a list below on textbooks updated to the 15th Edition AISC Steel Construction Manual and expected availability timeframes with a brief description of each book.
Updated for the AISC Steel Construction Manual, 15th Edition
This is the third edition of this free online steel textbook which receives over 30,000 unique visitors per month. Find it at bgstructuralengineering.com. Hard copy option is being evaluated since the hard copy sales are dropping off as more people are comfortable with the online version.
Expected Availability: 2020
BUILD WITH STEEL introduces beginners to load and resistance factor design (LRFD) for steel buildings. The book covers the topics encountered in undergraduate steel design courses and on national exams (FE and PE). The full color layout is rich with photos, illustrations, and examples. It carefully explains the basis and application of the tables and specifications found in the AISC Steel Construction Manual.
STEEL DESIGN covers the fundamentals of structural steel design with an emphasis on the design of members and their connections, rather than the integrated design of buildings. The book is designed so that instructors can easily teach LRFD, ASD, or both, time-permitting. The application of fundamental principles is encouraged for design procedures as well as for practical design, but a theoretical approach is also provided to enhance student development. While the book is intended for junior-and senior-level engineering students, some of the later chapters can be used in graduate courses and practicing engineers will find this text to be an essential reference tool for reviewing current practices.
This book is written for students just beginning the study of structural steel design. The material is prepared primarily for an introductory course in the junior or senior year but the last several chapters may be used for a graduate class. To many of us in the structural field, the design of steel structures is a fascinating topic. It is hoped that many of the users of this book will be as attracted to the subject as we are. A practical approach to the fundamentals of designing steel structures is presented so that the material is appropriate for not only civil engineering students but also for those in architecture and building science. Steel structures are used all over the world. The reader is encouraged to go out of his or her way to observe these structures and endeavor to see how the members are arranged, erected and connected.
This edition conforms to updated American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) resources, including the 2016 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-16) and the 15th edition of the AISC Steel Construction Manual, published in 2017.
Structural Steel Design, Third Edition is a simple, practical, and concise guide to structural steel design – using the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) and the Allowable Strength Design (ASD) methods -- that equips the reader with the necessary skills for designing real-world structures. Civil, structural, and architectural engineering students intending to pursue careers in structural design and consulting engineering, and practicing structural engineers will find the text useful because of the holistic, project-based learning approach that bridges the gap between engineering education and professional practice. The design of each building component is presented in a way such that the reader can see how each element fits into the entire building design and construction process. Structural details and practical example exercises that realistically mirror what obtains in professional design practice are presented.
- Includes updated content/example exercises that conform to the current codes (ASCE 7, ANSI/AISC 360-16, and IBC)
- Adds coverage to ASD and examples with ASD to parallel those that are done LRFD
- Follows a holistic approach to structural steel design that considers the design of individual steel framing members in the context of a complete structure.
This textbook is available from barnesandnoble.com, printed on demand, and sent directly to the student. Because of the economics of publishing this way, we are happy to present this edition as a 2017 Book at a 1987 Price of $50.
This third edition is an update and expansion of the second edition. Overall, changes implemented in the 2016 Specification have been incorporated, new examples have been added, and new homework problems have been provided. You are encouraged to visit the website for more details, view selected chapter previews, or to buy the book. A Kindle version is also available at amazon.com.
On the website, you can join the e-mail list for notifications of updates (e.g., errata, availability of the Solutions Manual and other instructor and student resources). You also can ask us questions or make comments. We hope you find that this new edition meets your class needs and look forward to your adoption of our book for Fall 2017 and beyond.
Ductile Design of Steel Structures, Second Edition, covers steel material, cross-section, component, and system response for applications in plastic and seismic design, and provides practical guidance on how to incorporate these principles into structural design. Self-study problems at the end of each chapter help reinforce the concepts presented. Written by experts in earthquake-resistant design who are active in the development of seismic guidelines, this is an invaluable resource for students and professionals involved in earthquake engineering or other areas related to the analysis and design of steel structures.
The Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures is often described as an invaluable reference for practicing structural engineers and researchers. For generations of engineers and architects, the Guide has served as the definitive work on designing steel and aluminum structures for stability.
Steel Construction Manual
This page provides resources that are a companion to the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual.
The v15.1 Companion to the AISC Steel Construction Manual is a resource that supplements the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual and is keyed to the 2016 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings. The v15.1 Companion is an update of the v15.0 Design Examples with the design examples and tables split into two separate volumes.
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Volume 1: Design Examples, includes examples that illustrate the application of the Specification and Manual to member and connection designs.
Volume 2: Design Tables, supplements the Manual with several additional member and connection design tables. Included are some tables that last appeared in the 14th Ed. Manual, including compression tables for composite HSS columns and the combined loading table for W-shapes. Steel Construction Manual Table 6-2 is provided for 65 and 70 ksi W-shapes, and HSS members with both ASTM A500 Gr. C and ASTM A1085. A new plastic section modulus table for coped W-shapes is also provided.
The AISC Shapes Database version 15.0 (v15.0) replaces v14.1 and contains electronic access to section dimensions and properties consistent with the AISC Steel Construction Manual, 15th Edition. U.S. customary and metric units are both included. The AISC Shapes Database Version 15.0 is available in Microsoft Excel format.
Major improvements in v15.0 include:
- Dimensions and properties included for the 76 new shapes added to the 15th Edition Manual
- New dimensions including the "T" and "Workable Gage" values printed in the Manual
- New "Readme" included in the spreadsheet that serves as the glossary of the variables and provides a complete list of improvements for v15.0
The AISC Shapes Database v15.0H (Historic) replaces the v14.1H and now includes all section dimensions and properties consistent with the AISC Steel Construction Manual, 14th Edition. This resource provides electronic access to dimensions and properties of shapes published in the AISC Manual since the 5th Edition and shapes from before that era as originally published in the book Iron and Steel Beams 1873-1952 (the predecessor to AISC Design Guide 15, AISC Rehabilitation and Retrofit Guide).
Thus, this database is the compilation of all of the structural steel shape dimensions and properties recorded by AISC from the year 1873 to 2010.
An electronic Shapes Database for ASTM A1085 rectangular, square and round HSS can be downloaded here.
The Basic Design Value Cards are a design aid for the 2016 AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-16). These cards present some of the most frequently used equations from the Specification in a simplified and abbreviated format.
Card 1 contains equations to calculate the available strength of W-, S-, C-, and MC-shapes in tension, shear, flexure and compression.
Card 2 provides equations for determining the available strengths of bolted or welded connections and connected parts.
Card 3 is similar to Card 1 except it covers the available strength for square, rectangular and round HSS shapes.
Card 4 gives a summary for stability design of structures using either the first-order, effective length, or direct analysis methods. This card also provides a "simplified method" that is based on the effective length method.
These cards have limitations and are not intended to be solely relied upon as a replacement to the Manual or Specification. Note that some solutions obtained using this card may be more conservative than those provided by the Specification. As indicated in the Related Info and Notes sections on the cards, there are certain situations where the equations on these design cards may not be applicable, or an equation may require use of a modification factor.
Basic Design Value Cards (Version P325-17A)
Browse all of the Reference Lists in the 15th Edition Steel Construction Manual, sorted by the part of manual in which the reference appears. Note that Part 5 does not contain any references to other publications. Where possible, active links are provided to assist with obtaining the cited literature.
Browse the Interactive Reference List
Some content hosted on the AISC web site is available only to AISC members as part of their member benefits. Some of the references are linked to the web sites of other associations where they can be accessed for a fee.
ASTM A1085: New HSS Standard
In the second quarter of 2013, a new ASTM standard for HSS was released titled ASTM A1085. The new standard provides an HSS with improved performance and can result in more efficient steel designs. AISC has prepared a number of resources below to help introduce A1085 into the steel marketplace and to help engineers use it in design. Shapes are available in square, round and rectangular sections.
Shape Dimensions and Section Properties
Shape dimensions and section property tables are available in PDF format based on the nominal wall thickness for square, round and rectangular A1085 HSS.
The shape dimensions and section properties for square, round and rectangular A1085 HSS are also available in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
For information on producers and availability of HSS sizes in ASTM A1085 material please contact the following:
Steel Tube Institute
2516 Waukegan Road, Suite 172
Glenview, IL 60625
ASTM A1085 Flyer
A brief overview of ASTM A1085
Keep your copy of the Steel Construction Manual and the AISC standards up-to-date by periodically checking the latest revisions and errata list.
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Books by AISC
Disque, Robert O. (1984). "Engineering for Steel Construction: Book Review," Engineering Journal, American Institute of Steel Construction, Vol. 21, pp. 60-61.
Book Review: Structural engineers are increasingly aware of the importance of details and connections in steel structures. These are not only the key to economy but also may be the source of trouble. For this reason, AISC has just released a new 370-pg. textbook-- Engineering for Steel Construction --for the advanced detailer and design engineer. The new book is a companion to Detailing for Steel Construction, which was written for the beginning detailer who might have a high school education. Since both books are self-contained, some material may be common to both. Together, the books, which replace the 2nd Edition of Structural Steel Detailing, are geared to the 8th Edition Manual of Steel Construction.
- Published: 1984, Quarter 1
Robert O. Disque
.Introduction to Basic Steel Design
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