An Investigation of the Feasibility of Implementing Substantial Finite Element Codes on Popular Microcomputers.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The size and cost of microcomputers continue to decrease while their memory capacity and execution speed increase. These advances should result in small, inexpensive machines attaining the same computing power as current mainframe models. The interim need is to adapt general finite element codes to present day, less capable microcomputers. This thesis explores the program structure, memory management, inputoutput procedures and equation solving methods necessary to accomplish that task. The equation solving capacity and speed of the Apple-II Plus Personal Computer System and the Hewlett-Packard System 45A Desktop Computer are compared. A finite element program for the static analysis of space trusses is presented, as adapted to and tested on the Apple-II Plus. The program output may be printed in either English or French. Author
- Theoretical Mathematics
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware