Object-Oriented Finite Element Modeling

by Petra Hoffmeister, Ruhr-Univ Bochum, Bochum 1, Germany,
Wolfhard Zahlten, Ruhr-Univ Bochum, Bochum 1, Germany,
Wilfried B. Krätzig, Ruhr-Univ Bochum, Bochum 1, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


The present paper studies the suitability of object-oriented modeling strategies for problems of structural mechanics. After a general discussion of the topic, special emphasis is put on the class structures of geometry, doubly-curved steel elements, and tensor variables. Some experiences of the implementation in C++ are reported.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Steel structures | Structural analysis | Structural mechanics | Computer software | Geometrics | Curvature | Computer languages

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