Equivalent electrical circuits for structural problems
Brockenbrough, R. L.
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The solutions to many problems in structural design and analysis are quite laborious and time-consuming. This fact has motivated the search for analogies that might lead to quicker, yet accurate solutions. Fortunately, the laws governing structural behavior find many parallels among the laws of electricity and, therefore, it is conceivable that electrical circuits may be devised which are equivalent to certain structural problems. It is the purpose of this thesis to set up several equivalent circuits and to present solutions using accepted methods of analysis. Only statistical loadings are considered. Information about necessary equipment for experimental work is given. Examples given show which analogs are best suited to certain structural problems. It is hoped that the foregoing will stimulate more investigation in the field of electrical analogies for structural problems. A discussion follows which will present the work which has previously been done in this field. This will help to acquaint the reader with the subject and show the need for further development.
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