Non-Convergence Does Not Mean OpenSees Crashed

I once had the following conversation with a concerned user (CU) of OpenSees: CU: "I was running a response history analysis, then all of a sudden OpenSees crashed."PD: "Really, it crashed? Did you get the blue screen of death?"CU: "No. The analysis stopped and I saw 'Failed to converge'. It crashed."PD: "Oh, I see. What … Continue reading Non-Convergence Does Not Mean OpenSees Crashed

Behind the Elastic Interior

If VH1 expanded its list of the top one hit wonders of the 2000s to include journal articles in structural engineering, Scott and Fenves (2006) would be right up there with James Blunt and Gnarls Barkley. Actually, Google Scholar puts the article up there with some pretty nice company. Like all journal articles, there's something … Continue reading Behind the Elastic Interior