The Reusable Engineering Analysis Preprocessing Methodology to Support Design-Analysis Integration
Hsiung, C. H. (1998) The Reusable Engineering Analysis Preprocessing Methodology to Support Design-Analysis Integration, Doctoral Thesis Proposal, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
This thesis focuses on researching the modular reuse of engineering analysis preprocessing to aid in design-analysis integration. A component-oriented approach, referred to as Reusable Engineering Analysis Preprocessing (REAP) methodology, is proposed to investigate current analysis preprocessing methodologies and modifies the current monolith analysis process into a process based on assembly of REAP components. These REAP components are intended for third party composition within a component framework to generate a finite element analysis model ready for processing. These components are associated with physical design components, typically "standard parts", and are capable of representing multiple analysis idealizations. This methodology enables "black-box" reuse by accessing the components only through their interfaces. The methodology provides necessary interfaces for the interoperability of components, framework, and user, and enforces interaction rules to ensure validity of the resulting preprocessed analysis model. This thesis will also identify what information will need to be exchanged across the interfaces to enable compatible assembly of REAP components. Algorithms will be developed to assemble components using only the their interfaces. Component requirements will also be developed to ensure validity of generated analysis model. The methodology will be developed through test cases using a cyclic process of conceptualization, prototyping, testing, and updating.