Some Interactive Graphics and Parallel Processing for Earthquake Engineering

by G. G. Deierlein, Cornell Univ, United States,
J. F. Abel, Cornell Univ, United States,
W. McGuire, Cornell Univ, United States,
S. Srivastav, Cornell Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


Ongoing research at Cornell University on computer-aided earthquake engineering of building structures is exploiting innovations in computing in several areas. Although some of the approaches and techniques have immediate application only with state-of-the-art hardware, all of the work of this type should eventually affect the practice of engineering as today's advanced hardware continues to become tomorrow's ubiquitous personalized equipment. This paper describes three aspects of the developments at Cornell: (1) prototype interactive analysis and design programs for low-cost graphics-equipped engineering work-stations (2) exploration for structural dynamics of the most recent developments in interactive graphical display of high-end engineering workstations, and (3) coarse-grained parallel processing for 3D nonlinear transient structural response to seismic loadings.

Subject Headings: Graphic methods | Earthquakes | Earthquake engineering | Load and resistance factor design | Seismic design | Three-dimensional analysis | Dynamic structural analysis | Transient loads

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