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CalcPaper for Excel

March 14, 2013

Tom asked if I would like to write a post. I have been impressed with Tom’s office add-ins. Similarly irritated by excel, I thought I too would post some useful excel macros that I have developed to overcome this.
Calculation…Read More

Building on Finite Elements

January 31, 2013 6

Over the past few decades traditional engineering analysis techniques have rapidly been replaced by computerised methods. Probably the most widely-used type of stress analysis software is based on the ‘finite element’…Read More

More Track, Structure and Interaction

November 29, 2012 4

As with all something/something-interaction models, the interactors themselves are secondary. As such, the track itself can be modelled as a single line representing all the rails on the structure, and all the furniture…Read More

Inline Sub/Super- Script in Excel, and More…

October 25, 2012 23

I have written an Excel add-in called EngCel which does, however, make engineering in Excel a little more bearable. EngCel provides in-line superscript and subscript shortcuts for excel using the fairly standard ^ and…Read More

Failing the Factor of Safety

September 27, 2012 8

I thought I’d give this engineering hypothetical a shot: “How much needs go wrong before the factor of safety runs out, and a structure collapses?” Before we start, however, let me draw your attention to the…Read More

Engineering with Excel

August 30, 2012 4

Considering how ubiquitous the Office suite is, however, it is not that surprising that for (relatively) simple calculations, repetitive design methods and result processing most engineers turn to Excel. Despite how much it…Read More

Designing With Your Thumb

August 23, 2012

Not so long ago the aim of structural analysis was to develop simple, elegant, and reliable methods of design. The idea of splitting a member into thousands of tiny elements and calculating their individual behaviours…Read More