In the text they are resolved exercises and commented mechanical structures. The attention is placed on the articulated rigid or deformable beam systems, and analysis of the stress distribution in beam sections consist of elastic material, linear, homogeneous and isotropic. The themes treated are typical of courses which are held both in the Engineering schools and in those of architecture and which are called variously. Essentially, however, the text is meant for practice of the traditional course of Structural Mechanics.
Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Florence where he teaches Mechanics of Masonry in the Faculty of Engineering. It conducts research in the fields of experimental mechanics (with particular attention to the reinforced concrete), the mechanics of masonry and earthquake engineering.
Paolo Maria Mariano
Associate Professor at the University of Florence where he teaches Structural Mechanics and Structure Theory in the Faculty of Engineering. Theoretical Mechanics also teaches at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and has lectured at various universities including those of Madrid and Zurich. It conducts research in the areas of mechanics of the continuous bodies.