Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis Using Object-Oriented Approach
The difficulties involved in developing and maintaining complicated software systems have prompted engineers to develop newer and sophisticated programming tools. Object-oriented programming(OOP)is one such development and languages supporting it have become popular in recent years. In the field of finite element analysis also, there have been attempts to make use of the facilities offered by object-oriented languages. In the present work, nonlinear finite element fundamentals are explained using a new perspective leading to the implementation of an object-oriented numerical analysis program. Object-oriented programming can be used to improve nonlinear finite element analysis programs. The implementation, validation, and maintenace of this program is compared to that of an equivalent procedural program to identify the advantages of the object-oriented approach.
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