Computer Graphics for 3-D Finite Element Models

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L. W. Kirchhoff

Babcock & Wilcox Co., Research Center, Alliance, Ohio

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 96(3), 200-206 (Aug 01, 1974) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454167 History: Received March 25, 1974; Online October 25, 2010


A description is given of a computer graphics program for detecting errors in three-dimensional finite element models and reducing finite element analysis data to a usable form. An efficient hidden line algorithm for mixed sets of polygons and polyhedra is presented together with a general line classification scheme. They are used to produce the variety of plots necessary to detect errors in the model. They also provide an “uncluttered” surface for displaying stress, temperature, and displacement data.

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