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“Mechanical networks model for the truss system in structural engineering”

Authors: Kesheng Wang and Øyvind Bjørke,
Affiliation: NTNU
Reference: 1990, Vol 11, No 3, pp. 141-154.

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Keywords: Graph theory, system theory, networks, design theory, truss system, structure analysis

Abstract: This paper demonstrates how to use a mechanical networks model to analyse a three-dimensional truss system in structural engineering. A three-dimensional numerical example with a complete program written in the APL programming language is presented. The principles and concepts of this method are easily understood, and the formulation and computation of the problem can be carried out systematically and consistently. The main purpose is to develop a uniform, systematic theory and method which can be employed in the design process to analyse and synthesise a great number of engineering or non-engineering systems, such as mechanical, electrical, economic systems. The mechanical networks model presented in this paper has proved to be ideal for this type of analysis.

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  title={{Mechanical networks model for the truss system in structural engineering}},
  author={Wang, Kesheng and Bjørke, Øyvind},
  journal={Modeling, Identification and Control},
  publisher={Norwegian Society of Automatic Control}


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