Interactive Computer Graphic Seismic Design of Frames

by S. Sutharshana, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY, USA,
William McGuire, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


An interactive computer graphics approach for earthquake resistant design of two and three-dimensional steel frames is presented. Analysis and design are possible from code-related equivalent static load procedures, through approximate linear and nonlinear analysis methods, to advanced full nonlinear analysis. Capabilities employed for graphical display and two-way communication between the user and the computer for data preparation, control of the analysis/design process, and response evaluation are described. The experience gained from the use of such an approach are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Linear analysis | Computer software | Graphic methods | Seismic tests | Frames | Steel frames | Steel structures

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