In the past decades, with the development of construction technology and
computer analysis methods, extensively tall and complex structures, such as
Burj Khalifa, Taipei 1 0 1 , the Bird’s Nest, etc . , have been built. The demand
from the construction market requires that a civil engineer has the ability to
design and analyze these challenging structures. The author has been
working in the industry and the academia for many years .
As a professional
engineer, I have been working on a variety of tall and complex structures,
such as the Shard, the tallest building in West Europe, the scheme design of
Nakheel Tower (1 -km-tall building, designed to be the tallest building in
the world, proj ect is on hold) , etc . I noticed that most practicing engineers
as well as current college or university students lack the knowledge on the
design and analysis of tall and complex structures. Therefore, a textbook
conveying the knowledge of design and analysis of this type of structures
is increasingly important.
The aim of this book is to provide engineers and students with knowledge
on the design principles and analysis methods of tall and complex structures,
the effective way to model these types of structures using the
conventional commercial software, and the theories and design principles
that underpin the relevant analysis . This book has been written to serve
as a textbook for college and university students and also as a reference book
for practicing engineers.
This book discuses almost all types of tall building systems and other complex
structural forms such as long-span structures, tensile structures, tensegrity
structures, offshore oil platforms, offshore wind turbine, etc . It covers the
structural design problems, such as lateral stability analysis, earthquake
analysis, wind engineering, foundation design for tall buildings, nonlinear
geometric analysis and form finding method for tensile structures and
tensegrity, multiphysics modeling for fire safety, fluid structure interaction
for offshore structures, etc .