Plasticity for Structural Engineers

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By Chen & Han
Softcover, 6×9, 606 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-75-2
January 2007


This comprehensive text addresses the elastic and plastic behavior of general structural elements under combined stress. It sets out to examine the stress strain behaviors of materials under simple test conditions and proceeds to show how these behaviors can be generalized under combined stress.

An unabridged J. Ross Publishing republication of the edition published by Springer-Verlag, New York, 1988, 606pp.

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ISBN 10: 1-932159-75-4

Key Features

  • Outlines the finite element implementation of the generalized stress-strain relations for the solution of practical steel and concrete structural problems
  • Provides fully-worked examples, end-of-chapter problems, answers to selected problems, and clear illustrations and tables
  • Features important constitutive equations for structural materials and applications to steel and concrete structures
  • Includes examples of the most useful constitutive models and analytical methods

About the author(s)

Dr. Wai-Fah Chen was Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii from 1999 to 2006. From 1976 to 1999, he was Head of the Department of Structural Engineering at Purdue University and George E. Goodwin Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering; prior to that he taught at Lehigh University. The author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and author or co-author of 20 books, his primary areas of research are constitutive modeling of engineering materials, soil and concrete plasticity, structural connections, and structural stability. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and an Honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Table of Contents

Part I — Fundamentals
Chapter 1 — Introduction
Chapter 2 — Yield and Failure Criteria
Chapter 3 — Elastic Stress-Strain Relations
Part II — Plastic Stress-Strain Relations
Chapter 4 — Stress-Strain Relations for Perfectly Plastic Materials
Chapter 5 — Stress-Strain Relations for Work-Hardening Materials
Part III — Metal Plasticity
Chapter 6 — Implementation in Metals
Part IV — Concrete Plasticity
Chapter 7 — Implementation in Concretes
Part V — Limit Analysis
Chapter 8 — General Theorems of Limit Analysis and Their Applications
Chapter 9 — Limit Analysis of Engineering Structures


“One of the best books on the elastic and plastic behavior of structural elements under complex stress conditions.”

—M. Grujicic, Clemson University

“Professors Chen and Han are to be congratulated for their quite unique contribution… a treasure on the bookshelf of those who seriously commit themselves in the study of structural plasticity”

—Applied Mechanics Reviews