Sometimes its not easy to visualise structural behaviour, the use of physical models can help students to understand simple concepts such as deflected shape or more complex concepts such as superposition. Whether its bendy rulers or student built frames every demonstration helps.
Below are some of the physical models used in the teaching of structural engineering in Bath
Small demonstration models
Sometimes bigger is better, especially when you can feel actions and reactions. This coming year our 2nd year students will be building and playing with a series of large structural frames, similar to the one shown below. More pictures will be posted!