Assessment of a Proposed Software Design for the Solution of Multi-Phase Mechanics Problems on Networked Laptops
Richard Harris, Thomas Impelluso
DOI: 10.4236/iim.2010.27048   PDF   HTML     6,147 Downloads   9,087 Views  


This paper presents the design of a computational software system that enables solutions of multi-phase and multi-scale problems in mechanics. It demonstrated how mechanicians can design “process-driven” software systems directly, and that such efforts are more suitable in solving multi-phase or multi-scale problems, rather than utilizing the “data-driven” approaches of legacy network systems. Specifically, this paper demonstrates how this approach can be used to solve problems in flexible dynamics. Then it suggests a view of mechanics algorithms as ‘state equilibrium’ enforcers residing as servers, rather than as computer programs that solve field equations. It puts forth the need for identical input/output files to ensure widespread deployment on laptops. Then it presents an assessment of the laptop platform. A software system such as the one presented here can also be used to supply virtual environments, animations and entertainment/education software with physics.

Share and Cite:

R. Harris and T. Impelluso, "Assessment of a Proposed Software Design for the Solution of Multi-Phase Mechanics Problems on Networked Laptops," Intelligent Information Management, Vol. 2 No. 7, 2010, pp. 391-397. doi: 10.4236/iim.2010.27048.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] Atkins, NSF Report. nsf_ci_report/
[2] M. Geradi and A. Cardona, “Flexible Multibody Dynamics: A Finite Element Approach,” John Wiley and Sons, England, 2001.
[3] J. Goncalves and J. Ambrósio, “Complex Flexible Multibody Systems with Application to Vehicle Dynamics,” Multibody System Dynamics, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2001, pp. 163-182.
[4] J. Ambrósio and P. Nikravesh, “Elastic-Plastic Deformation in Multibody Dynamics,” Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1992, pp. 85-104.
[5] F. Pfeiffer and C. Glocker, “Multibody Dynamics with Unilateral Contacts,” John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1996.
[6] H. M. Lankarani and P. E. Nikravesh, “Continous Contact Force Models for Impact Analysis in Multibody Systems,” Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1994, pp. 193-207.
[7] M. Z. Valesek and Z. Sika, “Evaluation of Dynamic Capabilities of Machines and Robots,” Multibody System Dynamics, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2001, pp. 183-202.
[8] H. Moller and E. Lund, “Shape Sensitivity Analysis of Strongly Coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems,” Proceedings of the 8th AIAA/USAF/NASA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, Long Beach, CA, 2000, pp. 4823-4833.
[9] R. Harris and T. Impelluso, “Virtual Stress Testing Machine and the Cyber-Infrastructure,” Engineering with Computers, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2008, pp. 107-117.

Copyright © 2023 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.