Idealized Models in Engineering Analysis

by Mark S. Shephard, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, United States,
Elaine V. Korngold, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, United States,
Rolf Wentorf, Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


This paper examines the roles of idealization and discretization in engineering analysis and design. Physical idealizations as commonly used in analysis and design are non-analytic in nature, and are, therefore, perfect candidates for compterization using knowledge-based techniques. This paper also presents the overall structure of a modeling system that can support idealizations for analysis as part of the design process.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Mathematical models | Structural models | Structural systems | Structural analysis | System analysis | Computer aided design | Structural design

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