chapter  3
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Applications in Structural Engineering

When the linear elastic response is assumed, the compliance of a structure means the external work pTu done by the static load, where p is the vector of given external forces, and u is the vector of displacements at the equilibrium state. The compliance is regarded as a global measure of the stiffness of a structure; if the compliance is small, the structure will be stiff against the given load.