Title page for ETD etd-06012001-101717

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Slotta, Douglas J.
Author's Email Address dslotta@vt.edu
URN etd-06012001-101717
Title Structural Design Using Cellular Automata
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Watson, Layne T. Committee Chair
Gürdal, Zafer Committee Member
Ribbens, Calvin J. Committee Member
  • structural analysis
  • massively parallel processing
  • cellular automata
Date of Defense 2001-04-12
Availability unrestricted
Traditional parallel methods for structural design do not scale well. This thesis discusses

the application of massively scalable cellular automata (CA) techniques to structural design.

There are two sets of CA rules, one used to propagate stresses and strains, and one to

perform design analysis. These rules can be applied serially, periodically, or concurrently,

and Jacobi or Gauss-Seidel style updating can be done. These options are compared with

respect to convergence, speed, and stability.

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