STRUCTURAL ZOOMING

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 7578
Amount: $225,049.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Re/spec Inc.
3815 Eubank Ne, Po Box 14984, Albuquerque, NM, 87191
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Malcolm J Panthaki
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Abstract
THIS PROJECT WILL DEVELOP AN INTEGRATED, COMPUTER GRAPHICAL DESIGN TOOL FOR THE NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF BOUNDARY VALUE PROBLEMS OVER DOMAINS CONTAINING GEOMETRIC FEATURES WITH WIDELY VARYING SCALES. MANY HOURS ARE PRESENTLY SPENT IN MODELING SUCH PROBLEMS. THE PROPOSED STRUCTURAL ZOOMING SYSTEM (SZS) WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE COST AND INCREASETHE ACCURACY OF SUCH ANALYSES. THE CENTRAL CONCEPT, AS INTRODUCED HERE, IS SIMPLE, AND IS COINED "STRUCTURAL ZOOMING". THIS CONCEPT APPROACHES THE PROBLEM OF MODELING A LARGE COMPLEX OBJECT (THE "PARENT" OBJECT) BY RECURSIVELY ANALYZING SMALLER PORTIONS ("CHILD" OBJECTS) OF THE PARENT. GEOMETRICAL AND MESH REFINEMENTS MAY BE INTRODUCED FOR EACH SUCCESSIVE ANALYSIS. AFTER AN ANALYSIS OF THE PARENT, A CHILD IS EXTRACTED. BOUNDARY CONDITIONS DERIVED FROM THE PARENT ANALYSIS ARE APPLIED TO THE CHILD AT THE PARENT/CHILD INTERFACE, AND THE CHILD IS ANALYZED. OVERALL ACCURACY IS IMPROVED USING AN ITERATIVE ALGORITHM INVOLVING REANALYSIS OF BOTH THE PARENT AND CHILD OBJECTS TO REDUCE DISEQUILIBRIUM AT THE INTERFACE (CAUSED BY "BACK-COUPLING" EFFECTS). FINALLY, THE METHOD IS RECURSIVE -- A GRANDCHILD,GREATGRANDCHILD OBJECTS, ETC., CAN BE DEFINED IF RESPONSES ON MORE REFINED GEOMETRICAL SCALES ARE REQUIRED. PHASE I RESEARCH WILL ADDRESS THE FEASIBILITY OF STRUCTURAL ZOOMING. A TWO-DIMENSIONAL PROTOTYPE, CONSISTING OF A NUMBER OF DISTINCT SOFTWARE MODULES, WILL BE DEVELOPED. PHASE II WILL DEVELOP A COMPLETELY INTEGRATED STRUCTURAL ZOOMING SYSTEM FOR TWO- AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS, UTILIZING SOFTWARE DESIGNS AND RECOMMENDATIONS DEVELOPED DURING PHASE I.

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