Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning in Structural Engineering

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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: Mathematical models | Structural models | Artificial intelligence | Structural analysis | Cracking | Fatigue (material) | Structural design |

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