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Looking for a Steel Design Textbook?
Posted by Scott Melnick on November 2, 2007 at 8:32 AM.

AISC’s own Lou Geschwindner has published a new text book intended for a first course in steel design for civil and architectural engineers. Dr. G. is both vice president of engineering and research at AISC and a professor emeritus of architectural engineering at Penn State.


Sure the book contains all of the usual stuff on the unified ASD and LRFD steel spec: structural material, tension members, compression members, bending members, plate girders, members treated subjected to combined axial load and bending, bracing design, composite members, connection design, and an introduction to seismic force resistance. The cool part, though, is the examples and homework problems — complete with a website to find the answers.


The book, Unified Design of Steel Structures, is available for $131.95 from the publisher by visiting or from for just $111.95. A quick Google search, though, shows the best price might be at, where I found it for just $78.37.

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