Numerical Analysis in the Innovative Design of Intelligent Buildings
Rapid progress has been achieved in the last few years in the development of general-purpose finite element (FE) systems that are very efficient in calculating the static and dynamic behavior of engineering structures. This paper discusses recent applications of the finite element (FE) method by the author in the design and analysis of building structures including the David Lawrence Convention Centre in Pittsburgh. It presents the technique used in assessing the performance of these structures under complex loading conditions and combinations. It discusses the reliability and the efficiency of the FEM in producing the required results, and minimising the extent and cost of the design of these structures.
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