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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 107
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PARALLEL, DISTRIBUTED, GRID AND CLOUD COMPUTING FOR ENGINEERING
Edited by: P. Iványi and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 25

A Cloud Based Workflow for a Finite Element Analysis Preprocessor

T. Kurt, Y. Arici and Ö. Kurç

Structural and Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, Department of Civil Engineering, METU, Ankara, Turkey

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
T. Kurt, Y. Arici, Ö. Kurç, "A Cloud Based Workflow for a Finite Element Analysis Preprocessor", in P. Iványi, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Parallel, Distributed, Grid and Cloud Computing for Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 25, 2015. doi:10.4203/ccp.107.25
Keywords: finite element analysis, cloud computing, software as a service, WebGL, three.js, Node.js.

Summary
This paper presents a cloud based workflow and a software implementation that has a web-based GUI and a modular backend server which consists of an interface and many worker applications that are distributed over a network of computers or virtual machines. The implemented software is capable of three-dimensional modelling, mesh generation and analysis of large dam models using finite element and analysis. Visualization is performed with a web browser using the JavaScript library three.js which drives the WebGL engine. Mesh generation is handled by the GMSH mesh generation library and analysis is delegated to high performance finite element analysis engine, Panthalassa, and these operations take place at the backend which is implemented in Node.js. The feasibility of the suggested workflow is tested by generating an analysis model for a typical dam structure using a server setup consisting of several personal computers.

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