An expert system for the design and analysis of composite structures

Barry Davidson, Utpal Roy, Chris Ludden

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A prototype expert system is described for concurrent design and analysis of composite structures. This system integrates symbolic, numerical and knowledge-based tools in an object-oriented programming environment for design synthesis, evaluation and modification. The system determines structural behavior utilizing a combination of analytical and numerical tools. Design modifications and structural optimization are performed using heuristic and experientially derived knowledge bases. The different domain-specific programs and commercial packages utilized by the system are integrated using a generic interfacing mechanism. The utility of the system is demonstrated by means of a design case study for a typical aircraft or rotorcraft structural component.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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