Title page for ETD etd-09082012-040226
|Type of Document
||Pugh, James Christopher
||A user friendly preprocessor for plane and space frames and space trusses
||Master of Science
|Holzer, Siegfried M.
|Easterling, William Samuel
|Murray, Thomas M.
- Structural analysis (Engineering)
|Date of Defense
A user friendly preprocessor was developed and documented for
the plane and space frame and space truss structural analysis
programs that are based on the matrix displacements method.
This preprocessor is comprised of three programs. The main
program in the preprocessor is to allow the user to create
error free input data files. This program also allows
modifications of existing input data files. The two other
programs are the library manager and the graphics
presentation. The library manager is used to manage the
libraries of the element and material properties. The
graphics presentation is used to display a plane structure on
the graphics display. In Chapter 2, the development of a user
friendly preprocessor is discussed. After a short review of
the extension of the analysis program from plane frame to
space frame in Chapter 3, the preprocessor and its supporting
programs are described in detail in the user manual in Chpter
4. Possible extensions to the preprocessor are discussed in
Chapter 5. The appendix contains examples of input data files
for these structural analysis programs.
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