Rods and Trusses

  • Andreas ÖchsnerEmail author
  • Resam Makvandi
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)


This chapter briefly introduces to the theory of single rod elements and their arrangements as plane truss structures. Based on a comprehensive example, the solution procedure is explained for a ‘hand calculation’ and corresponding comments on the computer implementation are provided. The chapter concludes with detailed Maxima examples which allow an easy transfer to other problems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringEsslingen University of Applied SciencesEsslingen am NeckarGermany
  2. 2.Institute of MechanicsOtto von Guericke University MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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