Covering the fundamental principles of structural form
In order to understand how buildings work as structures, it is necessary to appreciate the natural laws that govern structural form. This involves an understanding of the forces that act upon materials and the ways in which the materials will react to those forces according to their fundamental properties. Materials Science covers: forces – how, through gravity, materials are subject to stress and strain; properties of materials – how materials can be analyzed and manipulated for strength and stiffness; and reactions – how components behave when subjected to forces through bending and shear.
While materials science is the study of ...