Structural Mechanics

Structural mechanics is the calculation of deformations, forces and internal stresses in solids, either for the design of new or the recalculation of existing mechanical structures. It deals with the strength calculation of components, material moldings, groups of components, etc., made of solid materials such as steel, aluminum, other metal, plastic, rubber, composite, concrete, wood, glass or others.



Structural mechanics is a discipline of engineering in which mechanical solid models are created whose solid components to be investigated are subdivided into finite substructures and subjected to externally applied mechanical or thermal loads (using the free-cutting principle in the case of vector-valued and directed quantities). As a rule, the contours of the finite elements of the substructures correspond to elementary geometric shapes. The boundary surfaces of the individual elements of the finite substructures can then be used to calculate quantities and states perpendicularly, tangentially or at an angle to these boundaries in the interior of the solid components more precisely and thus gain information about conditions in the interior of the component. Structural mechanics is an interdisciplinary field of engineering, which has applications in mechanical engineering (and therein in particular in vehicle construction, but also in many other branch disciplines), in civil engineering (and therein in particular in steel construction), in aerospace engineering and in defense technology.

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