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Design of a Modular Program for Transient Nonlinear Analysis of Large 3-D Building Structures.
Srivastav, S.; Abel, J. F.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC., December 30, 1987, 82 p.
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The report describes the plans for a computer modelling and analysis system for transient, fully nonlinear seismic analysis of large buildings. The emphasis is on modelling the buildings at a 'macro' level, i.e., modelling in terms of elements which correspond to structural members such as beams, shear walls, connections, etc. It is recognized that the research needs are vast with advances required in geometric modelling, finite-element modelling, material modelling, nonlinear analysis, and interactive-adaptive user interface schemes. Further, the magnitude of the computational problem in terms of computer memory and solution time requires access to supercomputing or some parallel processing option, preferably with a graphical 'window' for monitoring the computations. It is felt that coordination and cooperation among different research groups is essential to avoid duplication of effort and to accelerate research. With this objective in mind, a shareable platform or testbed computer program is proposed and is currently under initial development at Cornell University. A high degree of modularity is a central objective in the development of the program to permit expansion, porting, and modification over its useful life.
Nonlinear analysis; Computerized simulation; Mathematical models; Seismology; Buildings; Earthquake engineering; Structural models; Structural members; Structural analysis