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Process for predicting structural performance of mechanical systems

United States Patent

5,754,447
May 19, 1998
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A process for predicting the structural performance of a mechanical system represents the mechanical system by a plurality of surface elements. The surface elements are grouped according to their location in the volume occupied by the mechanical system so that contacts between surface elements can be efficiently located. The process is well suited for efficient practice on multiprocessor computers.
Gardner; David R. (Albuquerque, NM), Hendrickson; Bruce A. (Albuquerque, NM), Plimpton; Steven J. (Albuquerque, NM), Attaway; Stephen W. (Cedar Crest, NM), Heinstein; Martin W. (Albuquerque, NM), Vaughan; Courtenay T. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 741,074
October 30, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0494AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.