Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning in Structural Engineering

by Jeffrey L. Martin, Univ of Kansas, Lawrence, United States,
W. M. Kim Roddis, Univ of Kansas, Lawrence, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering

Abstract:

Qualitative reasoning has applications in engineering problem solving and the development of intelligent computer-aided engineering tools. Most applications in structural engineering have focused on preliminary structural analysis and do not integrate numerical information. Since the engineering process requires both qualitative and quantitative reasoning a single system providing a seamless integration of the methods is desirable. Such an integrated model structure and inference method are proposed and demonstrated in a the domain of fracture and fatigue of metals.



Subject Headings: Artificial intelligence | Structural analysis | Cracking | Smart buildings | Computer aided operations | Numerical analysis

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