Intrinsic Models for Interactive Structural Design

by J. H. Grubbs, US Military Acad, West Point, NY, USA,
M. H. Ackroyd, US Military Acad, West Point, NY, USA,
K. H. Law, US Military Acad, West Point, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


This paper introduces a 'generic' model for interactive design of constructed facilities. The proposed methodology takes real world conditions, in terms of load environment, structural properties, and function of the structure, and develops a hierarchy of possible failure modes. Behavior evaluations are made according to the system hierarchy or as defined by the user. Although demonstrated for a member by member evaluation, the model is applicable to subassemblages and total structures as well. The generic model for design provides a direct link between the system user and the design process during the critical evaluation/design task.

Subject Headings: Structural models | Structural design | Building design | Structural analysis | Load factors | Failure loads | Structural behavior | Failure modes

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