I have written a little essay on how to run structural problems named:
"exploring the world of beams, plates, rods and cables structures in a linear and non linear fashion with Gmsh, Code_Aster and Salome-Meca"
all is in the title.
The pdf file is avalaible here http://www.caelinux.org/wiki/images/6/64/Beam-cable-gmsh-aster.pdf
With about 70 pages it is more than a simple tutorial, hence the pdf format.
Your comments or suggestions are welcomed at the email given in page 2.
Archive named "worked_examples" will follow soon.
jean pierre aubry