Composite structures is effective as a textbook for students and as a reference guide to Eurocode 4 for practising structural engineers. It deals in six chapters with the application and design of composite steel and concrete structures for buildings according to Eurocode 4.

  • Chapter 1 gives a general overview of the characteristics, design and construction, and applications of composite beams, floors and columns. Also the advantages and disadvantages of the different structural solutions are discussed.
  • Chapters 2 to 5 provide detailed information about the design methods and assessment rules in EN 1994 for composite beams, floors, columns andconnections at normal temperature and in case of fire. The Eurocodes assessment rules are explained with manydetailed worked examples.
  • Finally, chapter 6 contains a complete calculation of the compositestructure of a cinema auditorium consisting of main beams, girders, floors and columns.

The authors – prof.ir. J.W.B. Stark and ing. R.J. Stark – are experienced lecturers in The Netherlands in the field of composite steel and concrete structures. They also give courses on this subject.

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Composite structures contains 228 full color pages and is published as hard cover.

The book has hundreds of illustrations to clarify the text.

prof.ir. J.W.B. Stark

Jan Stark is professor emeritus steel structures at Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven
University of Technology.  He is also the author of Joints (Steel Design 5) and Connections (Steel Design 3).

ing. R.J. Stark

Rob Stark – a registered designer – is director and consulting engineer at IMd Consulting Engineers. He is a member of the Dutch Advisory Committee on Building Regulations