Computer Analysis and Design of Structures

by Christian Meyer, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Engrg. Mechanics, Columbia Univ., New York, N.Y. 10027,


Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 73-94


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The advances of computer technology can be seen almost daily in both everyday life and in engineering. The purpose of computer programs or software engineering is to make the enormous computing power of today's hardware available to the engineer, relieving the design engineer from a considerable burden. Computer analysis of structures is an almost perfect tool for today's structural engineer. Some of the theory underlying structural analysis and design programs are presented, as are some aspects that relate directly to the use of such programs. The major capabilities of a number of widely used programs are summarized, and the following examples illustrate points of interest: steel frame analysis and design, concrete flat slab design, piping system analysis, and transmission tower design.

Subject Headings: Computer analysis | Structural analysis | Computer software | Structural design | Steel frames | Concrete frames | System analysis | Lifeline systems

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