Published online by Cambridge University Press: 05 June 2012
This text has a single purpose. That purpose is to provide clear instruction in the fundamental concepts of the theory of structural analysis as applied to vehicular structures such as aircraft, automobiles, ships, and spacecraft. To this end, the text offers explanations and applications of the fundamental concepts of structural analysis and indications of how those concepts are employed in everyday engineering practice. The text endeavors to foster in the reader the habit of asking questions until the reader is thoroughly clear on all important details within the scope of this text.
Three strategies are followed to achieve clarity with regard to the basic concepts of structural analysis. The first strategy is to be thoroughly logical within the scope of the presented material. No “assumptions” with regard to method of analysis are made anywhere in this textbook. All approximations are accompanied by a full explanation of their validity. The second strategy is to be repetitious and redundant. Repetition is an important learning tool, and redundancy dispels misunderstandings. The third strategy to obtain the goal of clarity is to limit the number of topics covered in detail in this text to only those that are essential to an introduction to modern structural analysis.