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Books recommended for civil engineering

These are some of my favorite books for understanding the fundamentals of Civil Engineering. I only put those books that I use and love.

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Reinforced Concrete Design

by Devdas Menon and S. Pillai

This is by far the best book that I have studied for RCC design. The book is an industry standard and would help you understand the basic concepts of RCC design. The book is upto date and is based on the latest Indian Standards.

There are dedicated chapters to cover the most important topics in this domain and the author has also given explanations for different clauses in the code.  

Illustrated Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings

by Dr. V.L. Shah

This book teaches the process of designing a Reinforced concrete G+3 Storeyed Office/Residential buildings. It also teaches about Earthquake analysis and designing. The author has covered the provisions of IS456 and IS13920. Detailed step by step calculations are provided that would help students to understand the process of design. This book is quite thick but you should not be intimidated by its size. It would help you to develop a practical approach to handle RCC design projects.

Strength of Materials

by R.K. Bansal

This book covers all the fundamental concepts related to the field of Strength of Materials. This book starts with the description of stress and strains. It then beautifully describe the concepts of shear force, bending moments and torsion. It also describe many advanced topics. This book also contains a large number of objective type questions which would help the students to prepare for GATE and other competitive examinations.

All in all this is a great book and I highly recommend it.

Concrete Technology

by MS Shetty

Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world. It is essential for each and every student of civil engineering to have a good understanding of the properties of concrete and its behavior under different loading and climatic conditions.  This book covers all aspects of concrete technology from first principles.

It is of the best books on concrete technology available in the market.

Structural Analysis

by R C Hibbeler

This book covers the theory and implementation of structural analysis methods to the analysis of beams, trusses and frames. The book is divided into three parts. Initially, the author describes the analysis of determinate structures. In the second part description of the analysis of indeterminate structures is provided. Finally, the stiffness method is described in detail which lays the foundation for advanced topics such as matrix method and finite element analysis.

Structural Analysis

by Devdas Menon

The book is divided into five parts. Initially, the author describes the fundamentals of structural analysis such as, what is a structure, what is load and response etc. In the second and third part description of the analysis of statically determinate structures is provided. In the third part Force methods are discussed. Finally, the displacement methods are described in detail such as the slope-deflection method, moment distribution method etc.

Advanced Structural Analysis

by Devdas Menon

This book covers the theory and implementation of "MATRIX METHODS" used in the analysis of structures, which provides a bridge between traditional methods and modern computer-aided methods. The book is an extension of the book Structural Analysis by the same author. Initially, the author has presented the basic concepts in structural analysis and matrix algebra. Then, the author has demonstrated through various numerical examples how the matrix methods can be applied to linear static analysis. This book is a pre-requisite for understanding the Finite Element Method.