Post processor for design of reinforced concrete space frames using object oriented programming

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Virginia Tech

A Windows based post processor for the design of reinforced concrete space frames is developed. The post processor is capable of designing beams and columns of reinforced concrete space frames in accordance with the ACI specification. The program is developed in C++ using the object oriented programming approach. The objects used in the program represents a one to one analogy with objects in the real world. The computer model of a structure is composed of objects like members, joints, loads, beams and columns. The development of the post processor is discussed and the program architecture is presented. The design results obtained from the post processor are compared with those obtained from several commercial structural design programs to ensure the correctness of the design. It was concluded that the application of object oriented programming techniques results in programs that are easier to develop and maintain and also greatly reduces the effort required for developing applications for graphical user interfaces.