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Book: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis and Design
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For the project for this course, you will be required to submit a proposal that outlines the work that you are proposing to complete. You will be have your choice of topics (as long as the execution of the project involves using the finite element method). In addition, you will have your choice to work either individually or work within a team of your peers.
The proposal that you submit must follow the NSF style in which you include a project summary and also address the intellectual merit and the broader impacts of your proposed project.
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I. Introduction
Double Howe truss is a complex structure which is widely used as supporting structures for roofs and bridges. Due to the complexity of this truss, analysis of this truss using conventional methods are difficult and time consuming. Therefore, it is suitable to use computational methods to analyze the behavior of these kind of trusses.

A truss is an assembly of small interconnected elements. Trusses are widely used in buildings, whereas to support roofs, the floors and internal loading such as services. Ezeagu and Nwokoye (2009) have published a wide range of different types of trusses in their studies. According to Hibbeler (2012) when designing a structure, the engineer must account for its safety, esthetics, and serviceability, while taking into consideration economic and environmental constraints. In recent years, researchers around the world seek to develop new and innovative structural forms that can perform better and cheaper than the existing ones. A. Jayaraman et al (2014) studied on behavioral and economical side of the roof trusses by comparison of limit state and working stress method to find the most economical method. A. I. EI-Sheikh (1996) had focused on economical side of the space trusses and his main objective was to achieve a larger reduction in the overall cost of space trusses without compromise in the structural reliability or the common ease of construction...

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