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XBUILD: Pre-processor for Finite Element Analysis of Steel Bridge Structures

dc.contributor.authorAustin, Marken_US
dc.contributor.authorCreighton, Steven L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAlbrecht, Pedroen_US
dc.description.abstractHistorically, the lack of interactive pre-processors to describe tedious finite element models has hindered the use of the finite element method for bridge analysis. The work performed in the present study mitigates this problem by providing an interactive graphically based pre-processor for the finite element analysis of highway bridges with high-speed engineering workstations. The name of the pre-processor is XBUILD. Version 1 of XBUILD is written in the C programming language, uses Sun View graphics, and runs on SUN SPARCstations. The pre-processor gives engineers the choice of using both keyboard and mouse styles of interaction to describe and edit bridge geometries, set boundary conditions, define sub-structure and highway vehicle objects, and place trucks at desired positions on the bridge. The capabilities of XBUILD Version 1 are demonstrated by working through the step-by- step details of creating a finite element model for the FHWA-AISI test bridge.en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesISR; TR 1992-47en_US
dc.subjectcomputer aided designen_US
dc.subjectfinite elementsen_US
dc.subjecthighway bridgesen_US
dc.subjectIntelligent Servomechanismsen_US
dc.titleXBUILD: Pre-processor for Finite Element Analysis of Steel Bridge Structuresen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US

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