An object oriented approach to finite element analysis and multi-body dynamic analysis program designs
AuthorSagal, Ellen Jean, 1954-
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractProcedurally-oriented computer programs used to perform finite element and multibody dynamics analyses are difficult to understand, use, and modify. A new approach, object-oriented programming, was used to develop a finite element code that is easier to apply, understand, and modify. Object-oriented code is easier to understand, as the characteristics and operations associated with a physical phenomena are grouped in a class whose structure closely parallels the modeled entity. Elements, bodies, joints, and mechanisms are modeled as classes. Program application is facilitated by a hierarchy of class structure. Manipulation of higher level body and mechanism class types direct the complicated, lower level code of element calculations. Lower level code is hidden in an object library resulting in a shorter, simpler driver program for an analysis. Modification and expansion of programs is easily accomplished through object-oriented language features such as modularization of code into classes and overloaded functions. Body and element abstract base classes provide "templates" for creation of new type classes used to develop additional analyses.