I have written this book primarily for engineers who are studying to take the NCEES 16-hr structural engineering (SE) exam or the structural depth section of the NCEES civil Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. The civil PE and SE exams—even the breadth section of the civil PE exam—often contain structural questions that go beyond the basics. This book provides a more thorough review for those who want to be prepared for all questions in concrete design. It is also suitable as a reference for students taking introductory courses in reinforced or prestressed concrete. For this second edition, nomenclature, equations, examples, and practice problems have been updated so that they are consistent with NCEES-adopted codes and specifications. This is not a comprehensive textbook on the theory of reinforced concrete structures.
I have included the basic theory you will need to solve the types of concrete design problems likely to appear on the exams, but I have not gone into detailed derivations and historical summaries of code criteria. Among the topics covered in this book are the effects of flexure, shear, torsion, and axial loads on members; serviceability; development of reinforcement; behavior of one-way and two-way floor systems; prestressed concrete members; and seismic design criteria. I have included many examples to illustrate how ACI code criteria should be applied, and in the last chapter you will find 37 practice problems with complete solutions. Only U.S. customary units are used in these examples and practice problems, consistent with the exam forma While studying this book, you’ll need to have a copy of the building code ACI 318 at hand. Either the 2008 or the 2011 edition will do for this purpose, because there are only minor differences between them in regard to the problems covered in this book. (For the exam itself, however, you will want to have the same edition the current exam is based on. This is explained more fully in How to Use This Book.) I appreciate the help provided by John Mercer, PE, who reviewed an early draft of the first edition.
Thank you to PPI’s product development and implementation staff, including Sarah Hubbard, director of product development and implementation; Cathy Schrott, production services manager; Jenny Lindeburg King, associate editor-in-chief; Magnolia Molcan, editorial project manager; Ellen Nordman, lead editor on this book; David Chu, Nicole Evans, Julia Lopez, Scott Marley, and Heather Turbeville, copy editors; Ralph Arcena, EIT, calculation checker; Tom Bergstrom, technical illustrator; and Kate Hayes, production associate. Finally, if you find an error in this book, please let me know by using the error reporting form on the PPI website, found at ppi2pass.com/errata. Valid submitted errors will be posted to the errata page and incorporated into future printings of this book.
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