My name is George, I am an architect from Serbia. When I finished my faculty of architecture, I realized how wrong I was in a choice of my life profession. I should choose civil engineering instead. At the end the civil engineering is real science, real creative force, the architecture is pure bullshit, based on nothing (based on something some people call art). Well enough of these heart breaking stories about my profession, this is what I wanted to ask you:

First of all, this forum is the best Civil Engineering encyclopedia and community on the web. Keep it that way. I am spending all of my free time reading the articles from your forum. Amazingly interesting!

Few months ago, I bought books related to Civil Engineering. Statics and Mechanics (Structural Analysis), Soil Mechanics, Materials in Civil Engineering. And started studying from them. But now, I am especially interested in Space frames, so interested that I am thinking of starting to attend a Civil Engineering faculty from october this year.

I wanted to ask about the Space frame (space trusses, this is what I mean: I am especialy interested in methods of calculation of these structures. I am using a local application called Tower It is probably not the best one, maybe not in the first few ranking applications for structural analysis, but it is on serbian language, and it is a lot easier for me to work with it, than with SAP. Although I am going to try to learn using SAP definitively.

Ok, back to the story, for now I know how to make the structural analysis of the space frame truss (I even did a two directions curved roof from space frame truss), involving analysis from the load of the structure itself, temperature changes, and displacement of the backbones (supporters). I have also managed to design the structure further into steel.

So the calculation of these structures is not a great problem to me (at least this is what I think, maybe I am doing something wrong, but nevermind ). The stability and dynamics is something that I do not know nothing about. But I am willing to learn, I am going to boy a book about Dynamics.

The main thing why I am contacting you is like I said: the theoretical part of the methodology for structural analysis of space frame trusses. What are the methods? Are there few of those? What are the equations? Are there some books or e-books about this?

I downloaded the "Structural Engineering Handbook by Wai-Fah Chen" and this book has a section with "Space frame structures by Tien T. Lan". I found a part where he mentions the discrete method, continuum analogy method and matrix methods for the structural analysis. But where are the equations for these methods?

Thank you for all the help and answers.

First of all, this forum is the best Civil Engineering encyclopedia and community on the web. Keep it that way. I am spending all of my free time reading the articles from your forum. Amazingly interesting!

Few months ago, I bought books related to Civil Engineering. Statics and Mechanics (Structural Analysis), Soil Mechanics, Materials in Civil Engineering. And started studying from them. But now, I am especially interested in Space frames, so interested that I am thinking of starting to attend a Civil Engineering faculty from october this year.

I wanted to ask about the Space frame (space trusses, this is what I mean:

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Ok, back to the story, for now I know how to make the structural analysis of the space frame truss (I even did a two directions curved roof from space frame truss), involving analysis from the load of the structure itself, temperature changes, and displacement of the backbones (supporters). I have also managed to design the structure further into steel.

So the calculation of these structures is not a great problem to me (at least this is what I think, maybe I am doing something wrong, but nevermind ). The stability and dynamics is something that I do not know nothing about. But I am willing to learn, I am going to boy a book about Dynamics.

The main thing why I am contacting you is like I said: the theoretical part of the methodology for structural analysis of space frame trusses. What are the methods? Are there few of those? What are the equations? Are there some books or e-books about this?

I downloaded the "Structural Engineering Handbook by Wai-Fah Chen" and this book has a section with "Space frame structures by Tien T. Lan". I found a part where he mentions the discrete method, continuum analogy method and matrix methods for the structural analysis. But where are the equations for these methods?

Thank you for all the help and answers.