Finite Differences

A previous post showed how to compute response sensitivity by the DDM, or direct differentiation method. Comparisons with finite difference calculations verified that the DDM results were correct. In this post, I'll dig a little deeper into finite differences. The advantage of the finite difference method (FDM) is it will work for any model parameter--you … Continue reading Finite Differences

Monte Carlo Simulation

The uncertainty associated with a finite element analysis is as important, if not more important, than the results of the analysis itself. Thanks to Terje Haukaas, OpenSees has several modules for finite element reliability analysis: FORM, FOSM, SORM, and several other methods to quantify uncertainty. Unfortunately, those methods have not yet made their way into … Continue reading Monte Carlo Simulation