Engineering with Computers

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 198–210 | Cite as

WBCSim: A Prototype Problem Solving Environment for Wood-Based Composites Simulations

  • A. Goel
  • C. Phanouriou
  • F. A. Kamke
  • C. J. Ribbens
  • C. A. Shaffer
  • L. T. Watson
Original Article

Abstract.

This paper describes a computing environment named WBCSim that is intended to increase the productivity of wood scientists conducting research on wood-based composite materials. WBCSim integrates Fortran 77-based simulation codes with a graphical front end, an optimization tool, and a visualization tool. WBCSim serves as a prototype for the design, construction and evaluation of larger scale problem solving (computing) environments. Several different wood-based composite material simulations are supported. A detailed description of the prototype’s software architecture and a typical scenario of use are presented. The system converts output from the simulations to the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) for visualizing simulation results.

Key words. Computer model; Problem solving environment; Visualization; Wood-based composite materials 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Goel
    • 1
  • C. Phanouriou
    • 1
  • F. A. Kamke
    • 2
  • C. J. Ribbens
    • 1
  • C. A. Shaffer
    • 1
  • L. T. Watson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USAUS
  2. 2.Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USAUS
  3. 3.Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USAUS

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