Engineers generally think of themselves as problem solvers. Unlike Scientists, who examine the world around them to obtain an understanding of thin as they are and have been, engineers are concerned with creating something new, something which is currently not n existence and which never has been.
Context of the Problem:
Structural analysis is the determination of the effects of loads on physical structures and their components.
Structures subject to this type of analysis include all that must withstand loads, such as buildings, bridges,
vehicles, furniture, attire, soil strata, prostheses and biological tissue. Structural analysis employs 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 thus a key part
of the engineering design of structures.