This paper presents a personal view regarding the need for a continued interest and activity in structural methods in general, while viewing finite elements and the computer as simply two specific tools for assisting in this endeavor. An attempt is made to provide some insight as to why finite element methods seem to have "won the war," and to give examples of their more (and less) intelligent use. Items addressed include a highlight of unnecessary limitations of many existing standard finite element codes and where it is felt that further development work is needed.
I U Ojalvo, I U Ojalvo,
"Will Finite Elements Replace Structural Mechanics?", Proc. SPIE 0450, Structural Mechanics of Optical Systems I, (5 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.939274; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.939274