Artificial Intelligence in Simple Beam Design

by Martin F. Rooney, (A.M.ASCE), Sr. Systems Analyst; Stone and Webster Engrg. Corp., Boston, Mass. 02107,
Steven E. Smith, Research Asst.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, N.Y. 12181,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 10, Pg. 2344-2348

Document Type: Journal Paper


The concept of an intelligent computer program is introduced using the design of a simply-supported wide-flange beam as a model. The key to the approach is component selection through a database organized by frequency of past usage. The programming implications are divided into acquisition of the database and application of the database. For the truly intelligent program, a dynamic feedback loop connects acquisition to application. The intelligent approach is compared to a conventional approach, binary search, with favorable results.

Subject Headings: Databases | Artificial intelligence | Beams | Computer models | Computer software | Flanges | Structural models

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