Structural Design for the Stage
This book provides the theater technician with a foundation in structural design allowing an intuitive understanding of why sets "stand up". It introduces the basics of statics and the study of the strength of materials as they apply to typical scenery, with a minimum of theory and many examples. The material is presented such that only a basic knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry is required. This useful text is also invaluable to professionals as a permanent handbook complete with carefully selected reference tables, which are applicable to most theatrical situations.
Traditionally, theatrical design and carpentry are rooted in a craft-based tradition that places a high value on empirically tested techniques; in other words, if it was done that way for a show and nothing fell down, then that's the way it will be done.
Many scenic construction examples with a "how-to" approach
Material organized around one hour lessons with additional problems following each lesson and answers to the even numbered ones in an appendix
Three appendices with reference and design values for common shapes and sizes of lumber, plywood and steel used in theatrical applications
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A36 steel adjustment factors allowable bending stress allowable load due allowable stress angle Appendix Assume base design values beam weight bottom skin buckling cable Calculate the allowable column component Compression Members compressive stress Construction deflection criteria Determine Dimensions and Properties Eastern White Pine equal equation Euler's equation evenly distributed load Example Face Grain Figure free body diagram ftlb geometric properties grade horizontal shear I-beams inlb inVft joint live load load duration loading conditions given mechanical tube moment of inertia neutral axis overhang perpendicular plane plywood point load Problem psi F radius of gyration reaction rolling shear sawn lumber Select Structural shear diagram shear stress slenderness ratio solve Southern Pine splice plate statical steel stressed-skin panel stringers structural design tables tensile stress tension thickness top skin triangle truss unbraced length variables vertical shear width wood zero