Structural analysis is a basic course for any structural engineer. As an upgrade of basic statics, it covers classical theory of structures and its application in the analysis of load-bearing structures in two main fields of more complex structural analysis: (1) calculation of deformation (displacements and rotations of statically determinate structures) and (2) analysis of statically indetermined structures with force method (flexibility method) and displacement method (stiffness method). Students learn to analyse the response of linear elastic structures under the actions of mechanical loads as well as actions resulting from environmental effects such as temperature changes and foundation settlements. In all topics students learn how to make proper engineering analysis and show results by using free-body diagrams and internal action diagrams as expected in structural engineering practice. Furthermore, students learn how to qualitatively predict structural behavior by deriving the deformed shape, support reactions and diagrams showing the distribution of internal forces. The concepts developed in this subject are an essential foundation for subsequent structural design subjects, such as Concrete, Steel and Timber Structures. Analysis is presented for two approaches: with handmade calculation and with use of (commercial) computer programme.



The course will cover the following topics:

  • analysis of statically determined structures (beams, frames, trusses) – review,
  • analysis of structures under environmental loads: temperature and settlements,
  • deflection of structures (principle of virtual work),
  • Force (flexibility) method – introduction and applications,
  • Displacement (stiffness) method – introduction and applications,
  • Use of (commercial) computer programmes for analysis of structures.



  • Bedenik, B., C. B. Bessant: Analysis of Engineering Structures, Woodhead Publishing, 1999