State-of-the-artMechanical networks model for the plane frame system
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AbstractThis paper describes how a mechanical networks model is employed to analyze a two-dimensional frame system in mechanical and structural engineering. The theory and method of the mechanical networks model includes three main phases: (1) modeling by using a directed line graph; (2) formulation by using a Roth's diagram; (3) processing of results by interactive computer software. A two-dimensional numerical example with the complete program written in apl programming language is presented. The whole modeling process is easy to be understood and the formulation and processing of results can be carried out systematically and consistently.The main purpose of developing the mechanical networks model is that we are trying to obtain a uniform and systematic theory and method which can be employed in the design process to analyze and synthesize a great number of engineering or non-engineering systems, such as mechanical, electrical, economical systems, etc. The mechanical networks model presented in this paper has shown to be probably such a kind of ideal universal analysis method.

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