Index to information about established structural forms and uses.

Machines are structures which move. Non-machine structures are mechanisms which are locked.

The rational scientific design of structures is dependent on knowledge of engineering mechanics statics, with increasing use of dynamics where vibration and resonance maybe an issue. Further knowledge in the mechanics of the strength and stability of materials is also required.

Knowledge concerning the affects of manufacturing processes on the properties of materials is also useful (eg. HAZ).

The following are considered to be reasonably established technologies for which there is an established published body of knowledge to guide design of such structures so that they are fit-for-function. The body of knowledge comprises: national codes and standards, industry manuals, and text books.

  1. Sheds
  2. Canopies
  3. Barriers
  4. Platforms, Ramps and Stairway