Structural Analysis by Computer Graphics

by William F. Bates, Jr.,
William M. Cox,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 11, Pg. 2433-2448

Document Type: Journal Paper


Deals with the emerging uses of computer graphics in the field of structural engineering and design, especially in the transference of numerical output into visual graphical form. Describes a Two-Dimensional Structure Analysis program through an IBM 360/50 Computer system at Lockheed-Georgia Laboratory. Civil Engineering is considered as a prime field for implementation of computer graphics, which would reduce calculation time; quantity of input would be reduced greatly by IBM program. Future expansion of computer graphics in engineering is described. Uses being developed presently include some which will display three-dimensional structural arrangements and permit broader man-machine interaction in input and output phases. Also under development is the kinematic analysis of three-dimensional mechanisms to optimize space requirements and maintain clearance. Computer graphics points the way toward better man-machine communication in all phases of design.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Graphic methods | Computer analysis | Two-dimensional analysis | Equipment and machinery | Three-dimensional analysis | Structural design | Numerical methods

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