Comparisons between the mathematical models used for the analyses of linear circuits and trusses

Glen Mullineux

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The methods for the anlaysis of simple electrical circuits and of structural trusses can be based on matrix formulations. These are derived from the graph theoretical structure of the inter-connectivity of the components involved and results about the inter-relationships of the associated physical parameters. This paper looks at the analogies between the two situations and shows that with a good choice of notation the matrix formulations are identical. These ideas can be used in a teaching environment to illustrate that widely different engineering applications are susceptible of similar means of analysis and produce analogous mathematical models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-826
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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