Computer-aided graphics system including a computerized material control system and method of using same
Automated design of structures using a finite element database
Process plant instrumentation design system Patent #: 4862345
ApplicationNo. 236087 filed on 05/02/1994
US Classes:703/1, STRUCTURAL DESIGN700/83, Having operator control interface (e.g., control/display console)706/921Layout (e.g., circuit, construction)
ExaminersPrimary: Envall, Roy N. Jr.
Assistant: Garland, Steven R.
International ClassesG06F 017/50
AbstractThis invention relates to a structural optimization method, specifically to an optimization method that will minimize the weight of a piping system and satisfy the design constraints. This invention utilizes the information generated by a computer-aided design (CAD) program as input to the optimization algorithm. This information is first used to check a historical data base for systems that have been previously optimized. If a duplicate is found, the process is stopped. If the historical data base does not have a duplicate the next step is to optimize the proposed piping system. The method uses an algorithm which can be applied to a many-terminal piping system as encountered in petroleum and chemical plant environments.