Object-Oriented Design of Finite Element Programs

by John W. Baugh, Jr., Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,
Daniel R. Rehak, Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


This paper describes an implementation of the finite element method based on computational abstractions of both mathematical and engineering concepts. In contrast with conventional approaches, these abstractions let program developers deal with domain-specific concepts, ignoring many of the low-level programming details and internal representations. Examples of various abstractions are presented, as well as implementation issues and their use in finite element programming.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Structural design | Computer programming | Artificial intelligence | Computer software | Computer languages | Mathematics | Structural members

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