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Engineering software has conventionally been written in FORTRAN. This paper describes an alternative methodology for finite element programming based on object-oriented techniques. The objectives of the Finite Element framework presented are twofold: to provide scientists in the field of geotechnical engineering with the means to develop tailored applications for solving specific problems, and to develop an example application for geomechanics for a de facto proof of the applicability of the framework. The first aim requires extendability (with regard to, e.g., statical or physical modeling, algorithms and task management), understandability from the programmer's point of view, and maintainability. The second aim involves offering a basic set of the most frequently used features and a satisfying user interface, which should also comply with the object oriented paradigm.
Authors:Fritz, Pit and Zheng, Xiong
Index Terms:FEM; Framework; rock; TunnelingGroup; finite elements; C++; mechanics; Object Oriented Programming; OOP; geotechnics; Informatics; Fritz, Pit; Zheng, Xiong
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Further Information:Date published: 2001