Structural Analysis in Context

by Richard N. Wright, Natl Inst of Standards and, Technology, Gaithersburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


The issues of what student should learn about structural analysis and how it should be taught are explored considering the purposes of structural analysis in engineering practice and the motivation of structural engineering students. Structural analysis is considered to be the process by which the structure and its environment are modeled to predict structural response. Structural analysis is addressed as a process linked integrally to professional responsibilities such as design, review for safety and serviceability, construction, condition assessment of existing structures, performance investigations, modification and renovation.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Structural safety | Engineering education | Structural engineering | Students | Structural response | Construction engineering | Occupational safety

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