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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 32
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XI.2

Visualisation of Suspension Bridge Instability under Aerodynamic Forces

J.G. Beith and T.J.A. Agar

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
J.G. Beith, T.J.A. Agar, "Visualisation of Suspension Bridge Instability under Aerodynamic Forces", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Developments in Computational Techniques for Civil Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 299-302, 1995. doi:10.4203/ccp.32.11.2
This paper is concerned with the problem of interpreting and visualising the large quantity of numerical results generated by a finite element analysis performed on a large complex structure. This is illustrated by considering the problems associated with interpretation of the results for a suspension bridge analysed using the finite element program ANSUSP. The paper then discusses the development of the SUSPview graphic user interface, developed as a post processor to compliment the analytical capabilities of the finite element program. The SUSPview interface allows the structure to be visualised with the aid of animation, which was found to greatly increasing the understanding of the structural response. Finally the additional features of the interface are presented with the corresponding benefits being discussed.

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