Idealized Models in Engineering Analysis

by Mark S. Shephard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, United States,
Elaine V. Korngold, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, United States,
Rolf Wentorf, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, United States,

Abstract: This paper examines the roles of idealization and discretization in engineering analysis and design. Physical idealizations as commonly used in analysis and design are non-analytic in nature, and are, therefore, perfect candidates for compterization using knowledge-based techniques. This paper also presents the overall structure of a modeling system that can support idealizations for analysis as part of the design process.

Subject Headings: Mathematical models | Structural models | Computer models | Structural analysis | Computer aided design | Structural design | Structural systems | Knowledge-based systems

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