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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 9/10
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XX.2

CAT: Computer Aided Testing System

I. Shehata

Department of Civil Engineering, The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
I. Shehata, "CAT: Computer Aided Testing System", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 307-311, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.20.2
Abstract
Nowadays we are able to analyse most of the complicated structural problems with the help of a computer (Main, Super or Micro) and of the advanced numerical techniques. Unless the theoretical solutions are experimentally proved by means of testing structures models or prototypes, their validities are questionable and should be handled with caution. In order to provide such experimental evidence for these complicated problems, a sophisticated testing system is usually involved. The employed testing system has to be a computer based system, otherwise, it will not be able to tackle the cases in question. The design of a Computer Aided Testing system (CAT) requires a great deal of knowledge about the hardware and its functionality in order to elaborate the adequate software that will assure safe conduct of the test and accurate measurements.

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