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Steel Structures: Behavior and LRFD
Ramulu S. Vinnakota, Marquette University

Ramulu Vinnakota's Steel Structures: Behavior and LRFD stresses both the design of steel structures (as do the competing texts) and the behavior of steel members under various loading conditions. The current editions of the American Institute of Steel Construction's Load and Resistance Factor Design Specifications (3e, 1999) and the LRFD Manual (3e, 2001) are used and extensively referenced in the Vinnakota text. Therefore covering the interaction of design and behavior of steel members and connections in one textbook is a unique approach. Designers must understand structural behavior as an integral part of the design process, and chapters 1 to 5 thoroughly cover this material. As Ramulu Vinnakota notes, “The heart and soul of design are the ability to conceive a structure that will behave as desired, and intuition regarding different framing options.”

The balance of the chapters covers the elements that makeup a steel building structure: members and connections. In each chapter, discussion of theory and behavior of the member under various combinations of loads it must resist is followed by a discussion of design applications.

Throughout the text, a web icon references readers to the book’s website (, which contains extensive additional coverage of advanced topics.