In this article, two different programs for finite element stress analysis on personal computers are described: gifts, the graphical interaction finite element total system, and mtab, a pre and post processor for model generation and results display, using graphic features operating with the analysis program sap86. Mtab is a menu driven system; gifts is command driven, with over 500 commands and extensive help facilities. Development of model mesh generation facilities is an important advance in finite element analysis. Gifts provides within the package an integrated model generation system. In contrast the mtab program generates a model by first creating strings of nodes, and from the nodal mesh the interconnecting elements can be formed. The national agency for finite element methods and standards (nafesma), a government and industry supported organization, gives advice to new users of pc based programs.

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    Mechanical Engineering Publications Limited

    P.O. Box 24, Northgate Avenue
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 6BW,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Adams, N
  • Publication Date: 1989-10


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 37-8
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  • Accession Number: 00498076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM