The Importance of Understanding Structural Behavior

By |2020-03-19T11:45:37+00:00September 13th, 2016|Structural Engineering|

Once my PhD advisor told me a story. He asked, “You might have seen simply supported beams hundreds of times in textbook illustrations, papers and presentations; Have you ever saw an actual simply supported beam as part of a real structure, with a pin support at one end and roller on the other?” I replied, “No, these support conditions are mere structural idealizations which—in almost all practical situations—are different from what we observe in everyday life”. He said, I have seen many real simply supported beams, with a real pin connection and a real roller support. I have met [...]