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Towards Interactive Finite Element Analysis of Shell Structures in Virtual Reality

  • Author(s): Liverani, Alfredo
  • Kuester, Falko
  • Hamann, Bernd
  • Editor(s): Banissi, E.
  • Khosrowshahi, F.
  • Sarfraz, M.
  • Tatham, E.
  • Ursyn, A.
  • et al.

A first step towards a semi-immersive Virtual Reality (VR) interfaace for Finite Element Analysis (FEA)is presented in this paper. During recent years, user interface of FEA solvers have matured from character-based command-line driven implementations into easy-to-use graphical user interfaces (GULs). This new generation of GULs provides access to intuitive and productive tools for the management and analysis of structural problems. Many pre- and post-processors have been implemented targeting the simplifications of the man-machine interface in order to increase the ease of use and provide better visual analysis of FEA solver results. Nevertheless, none of these packages provides a real 3D-enabled interface. The main objective of this project is to join state-of-the-art visualization technology, VR devices, and FEA solvers into the integrated development environment VRFEA.

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