Masters Theses


Joel B. Lown

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Biomedical Engineering

Major Professor

Robert D. von Bernuth

Committee Members

Louis Gross, Roland Mote


Many natural processes (heat transfer, precipitation, flow) and systems (landforms, crop distributions, water bodies) are most effectively modeled on a spatial (distributed) basis. A way of thinking about such modeling is suggested and current software is reviewed.

A prototype software tool for modeling a variety of systems is developed. It consists of an interactive, high-level computer language that manipulates "intelligent" arrays. The language provides input distributions, mathematical/logical/positional operators, statistical analysis, various computational approaches, and graphic output.

The tool's use is demonstrated with three systems - surface water over a landform, pressure distribution in the cross section of a dam, and the performance of an irrigation pressure regulator. Other applications are suggested and program refinements proposed.

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