An Object-Oriented Approach to PC Finite-Element Solutions

by Robert J. Lang, (M.ASCE), Polytechnic State Univ, San Luis Obispo, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


A methodology for developing a finite-element program with a variety of applications within civil engineering is presented. Application include simple structural analysis, groundwater flow, heat transfer, and contaminant transport. The cornerstone of the method is the usage of C+PLU language classes, which are program objects which are created in a hierarchical fashion to meet program development needs. The resulting program has a Windows graphical use interface, allowing the user to navigate freely through various program options.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Finite element method | Transportation engineering | Computer analysis | Heat flow | Graphic methods | Groundwater flow | Human factors

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