A Beginner's Guide to the Steel Construction Manual, 14th ed.

by T. Bart Quimby, P.E., Ph.D.

2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 T. Bartlett Quimby


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1. Introduction
2. Materials
3. Tension Members
4. Bolted Connections
5. Welded Connections
6. Buckling Concepts
7. Concentrically Loaded Compression Members
8. Bending Members
9. Combined Bending and Axial Force
10. Composite Beams
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5 May 2013
Now on SALE for $20.00 off the list price: A Beginner's Guide to the Steel Construction Manual.  For a limited time, the book is $20.00 off the list price.  Check it out at the BGSE Store.

11 August 2011
The printer was faster than expected.  We now have copies of A Beginner's Guide to the Steel Construction Manual (14th edition) available for sale.  Buy your copy today at the BGSE Store!

30 July 2011
AISC has released the 14th edition of the Steel Construction Manual (get your's today!) As you can see, we now have activated the web text for the 14th edition of the AISC Steel Construction Manual.  We're on track to have the hard copies available by the end of August 2011.  Watch for the announcement.

28 January 2011
The new 2010 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 360-10) can be downloaded from the AISC website.  It has some nice improvements.