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Designing a Composable Geometric Toolkit for Versatility in Applications to Simulation DevelopmentConceived and implemented through the development of probabilistic risk assessment simulations for Project Constellation, the Geometric Toolkit allows users to create, analyze, and visualize relationships between geometric shapes in three-space using the MATLAB computing environment. The key output of the toolkit is an analysis of how emanations from one "source" geometry (e.g., a leak in a pipe) will affect another "target" geometry (e.g., another heat-sensitive component). It can import computer-aided design (CAD) depictions of a system to be analyzed, allowing the user to reliably and easily represent components within the design and determine the relationships between them, ultimately supporting more technical or physics-based simulations that use the toolkit. We opted to develop a variety of modular, interconnecting software tools to extend the scope of the toolkit, providing the capability to support a range of applications. This concept of simulation composability allows specially-developed tools to be reused by assembling them in various combinations. As a result, the concepts described here and implemented in this toolkit have a wide range of applications outside the domain of risk assessment. To that end, the Geometric Toolkit has been evaluated for use in other unrelated applications due to the advantages provided by its underlying design.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Reed, Gregory S. (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Campbell, Thomas (Campbell (Thomas) Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
October 22, 2008
Subject Category
Computer Programming and Software
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Huntsville Simulation Conference(Huntsville, AL)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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