A Flexible Structural Analysis Method for Computer-Aided Preliminary Design

by Fang Zhao, (A.M.ASCE), Florida International Univ, Miami, United States,
Xiaogang Zeng, Florida International Univ, Miami, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


This paper presents a new method for supporting structural analysis during preliminary design stage that is based on Gere's idea of 'moment distribution'. The extension is that in this method the distribution is carried out for any types of unbalanced forces and therefore can be applied to general structures.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Structural analysis | Computer analysis | Moment distribution | Finite element method | Structural design | Computer aided operations

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