Structural Engineering

What is Structural Engineering ?

Structural engineers combine science and art to design and build infrastructure to safely resist natural and man-made forces. Buildings, bridges, stadiums off-shore and other civil facilities define the traditional core focus of structural engineers. At the periphery of the field, structural engineering extends more broadly to share common interests with mechanical, aerospace and naval engineering for the design of often large, complex systems including power plants, pipelines, aerospace vehicles and ships.

Structural engineering is a field of engineering that deals with the design of any structural systems, the purpose of which is to support and resist various loads. They are mostly involved in the design of buildings and non-building structures, but also play an essential role in designing machinery where structural integrity of the design item is a matter of safety and reliability. Large man-made objects—everything from furniture to medical equipment and from vehicles (trucks, aircraft, spacecraft and watercraft) to cranes—require an input of a structural engineer.

In building, construction, the structural engineering field is a subset of civil engineering. In a practical sense, structural engineering is largely the application of Newtonian mechanics to the...


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