Arches are one of the most efficient and elegant structural forms. Their efficiency has seen them selected throughout history as the go-to form for spanning large distances. In this tutorial, we’ll explore the different methods for analysing both determinate 3-hinge arches and indeterminate 2-hinge and fixed arches. Through worked examples, we’ll develop the various methods, with particular attention paid to how Virtual Work can help us unlock indeterminate arches. After completing this tutorial, you’ll have a better appreciation for the structural behaviour of arches, and you’ll be confident in analysing arch structures by hand!
In this tutorial on influence lines, we will explore influence lines and the techniques that can be used to construct influence line diagrams for determinate and indeterminate beam structures. By the end of this tutorial, you will be confident in drawing and formulating influence lines for determinate structures. You will also develop an appreciation of how we can implement more advanced structural analysis techniques to construct influence lines for indeterminate structures. Along the way, we’ll touch on Maxwell’s Reciprocal Theorem and the Müller-Breslau Principle.
In this tutorial we examine the Direct Stiffness Method and work our way through a detailed truss analysis. By the end of this complete introduction, you should understand the basic ideas behind why the method works, how to implement it for truss analysis and you should understand the power and scalability of the technique. Once understood, the direct stiffness method opens the door to structural analysis of large scale complex structures.