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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 33
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
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Object-Oriented Finite Element Techniques: Towards a General Purpose Environment

Th. Zimmermann, P. Bomme, D. Eyheramendy, L. Vernier and S. Commend

Laboratory of Structural and Continuum Mechanics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

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Th. Zimmermann, P. Bomme, D. Eyheramendy, L. Vernier, S. Commend, "Object-Oriented Finite Element Techniques: Towards a General Purpose Environment", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Developments in Computational Techniques for Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 161-171, 1995. doi:10.4203/ccp.33.5.1
The object-orientated approach provides an appropriate context for an integrated description of finite element related techniques within a single unified environment, combining symbolic and numerical manipulations, graphics and expertise.

This paper discusses and illustrates the key features of such an integrated environment which include an object-oriented graphic interactive environment, object-oriented operators for symbolic mathematical derivations, an object-oriented finite element environment, and its extension to object-oriented knowledge based expert assistance.

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