Advanced Methods of Structural Analysis

Advanced Methods of Structural Analysis

Theory of the engineering structures is a fundamental science. Statements and meth-
ods of this science are widely used in different fields of engineering. Among them

are the civil engineering, ship-building, aircraft, robotics, space structures, as well
as numerous structures of special types and purposes – bridges, towers, etc. In recent
years, even micromechanical devices become objects of structural analysis.
Theory of the engineering structures is alive and is a very vigorous science.
This theory offers an engineer-designer a vast collection of classical methods of

analysis of various types of structures. These methods contain in-depth fundamen-
tal ideas and, at the present time, they are developed with sufficient completeness

and commonness, aligned in a well-composed system of conceptions, procedures,
and algorithms, use modern mathematical techniques and are brought to elegant
simplicity and perfection.

We now live in a computerized world. A role and influence of modern engi-
neering software for analysis of structures cannot be overestimated. The modern

computer programs allow providing different types of analysis for any sophisti-
cated structure. As this takes place, what is the role of classical theory of structures

with its in-depth ideas, prominent conceptions, methods, theorems, and principles?
Knowing classical methods of Structural Analysis is necessary for any practical

engineer. An engineer cannot rely only on the results provided by a computer. Com-
puter is a great help in modeling different situations and speeding up the process

of calculations, but it is the sole responsibility of an engineer to check the results
obtained by a computer. If users of computer engineering software do not have suf-
ficient knowledge of fundamentals of structural analysis and of understanding of
physical theories and principal properties of structures, then he/she cannot check
obtained numerical results and their correspondence to an adopted design diagram,
as well as explain results obtained by a computer.


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