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Structural analysis utilizes the fields of applied mechanics, materials science and applied mathematics to compute a structure’s deformations, internal forces, stresses, support reactions, accelerations, and stability. The results of the analysis are used to verify a structure’s fitness for use, often precluding physical tests. Structural analysis is therefore a key part of the engineering design of structures. Structural design is the systematic investigation of the stability, strength and rigidity of structures. The basic purpose in structural analysis and design is to produce a structure capable of resisting all applied loads without failure during its intended life. The key purpose of a structure is to transmit or support loads. If the structure is inappropriately designed or fabricated, or if the actual applied loads exceed the design specifications, the structure will probably fail to perform its intended function, with possible serious consequences. A well- engineered structure greatly minimizes the possibility of costly failures.

Fundamentals Of Structural Analysis brings together state of the art original research and reviews across diverse fields of Structural Analysis & Design from experts in the field, promoting insight and understanding of the high-tech, and latest trends in the field. It involves consideration of the various requirements and factors affecting the general layout and dimensions of the structure and results in the choice of one or perhaps several alternative types of structure, which offer the best general solution. Because it provides programs and the information to understand and modify them for specific purposes, it will serve for engineering students or researchers interested in learning how computers can be applied to practical problems.