Free Structural Analysis Software | Free Engineering Software
Most Structural Engineering Software are very expensive and only large companies with sizable projects can
afford to buy and train their engineers. There are however some Free Structural Analysis Software which are
educational version and can be used to carry out simple structural analysis. This is better than carrying out
complex hand calculation from first principle, which are time consuming and error prone
Some software vendors do offer 30 days trial but these are not useful as after 30 days either the software
freezes or the results are questionable and thus cannot be reliable. Nothing can be said about illegal or cracked
engineering software, except that they are good only for reviews, but should never be used for actual works.
as their input and output are questionable; better to download a 30 days trial and functional copy and then buy if
suitable for you.
For simple Structural Analysis of Beams, Trusses, the Free Educational Version can be used.Check
out RISA! Below is a link to their free RISA-2D educational version. This program is easy to use,
lightweight, and is meant for educational purposes and can do analysis of beams, columns or small frames. It does
not provide any designs or code checks which can be done separately.
If you are a practicing engineer, then we recommend the RISA-2D Demo Version, which has full design capability valid for