The aim of this work is to present a rich discussion of the various aspects of modern structural analysis, ranging from elementary continuum mechanics theory to advanced analysis using open-source software. The text is geared towards practical engineering problems and attempts to cover all essential analysis considerations and techniques present in the daily work of the experienced professional.
The content is divided in two main parts: Part I - Theory, and Part II - Application. The idea is that Part I - Theory provides the foundation for the analysis described in Part II - Application. Ideally, all the reasoning described in Part II - Application should stem from and refer to statements in Part I - Theory.
The work may refer to any high-quality open-source software, such as Code Aster and wxMaxima. Commercial tools are not incorporated unless related information is of exceptional interest and no open-source alternative exists.
It is important that all users of this resource realize that the material is subordinated to relevant normative documents and that its content might be incorrect; and act accordingly!