1972-02-01

The Use of Time Sharing in Engineering Design Analysis 720014

The increasingly widespread application of time-shared computer programs to significant engineering design analysis problems is due to several factors: first, the convenience, economy, and time-saving capability inherent in the basic concept of time sharing; second, the growing acceptance among engineers of utilizing the computer as an everyday tool; third, the appearance of sophisticated applications packages written especially for the engineer in his language and dedicated to solving real problems.The paper is concerned with mechanical design analysis, an area heretofore generally neglected by commercial programmers. The use of an integrated package of mechanical design analysis time-sharing programs is detailed, including example solutions for several real-world problems. The use of programs for static deflection, stress, natural frequency, and mode shape determination is outlined. Fundamental program assumptions, ease of use, and actual experimental correlation are emphasized. The paper provides a comprehensive view both of the past success and of the potential of remote computer usage in engineering design analysis.

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