||A. Seyranian, I. Elishakoff
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The subject of structural stability is treated as critically important area. This title is mostly intended to address the fundamental concepts plus the existing problems and established methods of the structural stability with the due qualitative understanding of the phenomena of instability; and the main content of this volume includes theoretical/practical studies of the stability. The present publication is addressing very recent technical developments in the field of the bifurcation theory, important general aspects of the non-conservative stability, optimization of different mechanical structures under different stability-related constraints, pre-critical and post-critical behavior, sensitivity analysis etc. Wai Fah Chen considers the systems with finite freedom degrees as well as the continuous models, discussing numerous mechanical problems including spatial and planar buckling, anisotropic shells, fluid-conveying pipes and their dynamic stability, bending-torsional flutter, etc. The methods that have been presented in this work are very constructive and could be easily implemented in relevant computer software. There are numerous informative photo-images included in the content of this book to illustrate the recently conducted practical experiments in dynamic stability of various non-conservative mechanical systems.