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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 9/10
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper V.3

Automatic Design System for Steel Frames

Y-B. Yang and C-C. Kuo

Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

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Y-B. Yang, C-C. Kuo, "Automatic Design System for Steel Frames", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 177-181, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.5.3
An automatic design system for steel framed structures is presented in this paper, which consists of three subprocesses: (1) structure definition, (2) finite element analysis, and (3) cross section qualification and replacement. The execution of the three subprocesses, written in FORTRAN, is guided by a higher level program called DESIGN.COM, which is written in a higher level COMMAND language provided by the VAX 8650 computer in its VAX/VMS environment. The system is automatic in that it can start with a steel frame that consists of trial cross sections only and then loop over the three subprocesses to search for qualified substitutes for the trial sections that do not meet the design requirements. Or, it can be used merely as a checking tool for verifying the consistency of an already completed design. The design standard used here is the 1978 AISC Specification for steel structures.

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