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# Category Archives: Curve fitting

## Deflections and Moments in Rectangular Plates

Following a question here I have compared tabulated coefficients for deflections and bending moments in a rectangular plate with results of a Strand7 analysis using 8 noded plate/shell elements. The results are summarised below, and in a spreadsheet which also … Continue reading

Posted in Beam Bending, Curve fitting, Excel, Finite Element Analysis, Newton
Tagged Excel, FEA, Linest, Moody, Pilkey, plate bending, plate deflections, Plate stresses, Roark, Strand7, Timoshenko
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## LinEstGap with non-linear functions

The LinEstGap user defined function (UDF) allows the built-in Linest function to be used on data with empty cells or hidden rows, returning results that agree with the chart trend-line function, which automatically ignores blank cells and hidden data. It … Continue reading

Posted in Arrays, Curve fitting, Excel, Maths, Newton, UDFs, VBA
Tagged Excel, Exponential curves, Linest, Linest with gaps, Log curves, non-linear curve fitting, Polynomial curves, Power curves, UDF, VBA
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## DigitGraph Spreadsheet and WebPlot Digitiser

I have posted here previously a spreadsheet that allows XY data to be extracted from images of graphs, maps or other images of objects in a single plane: How to digitise a scanned image. I have updated the instructions for the … Continue reading

Posted in Charts, Charts, Computing - general, Curve fitting, Drawing, Excel, UDFs, VBA
Tagged DigitGraph, digitize scanned image, Excel, UDF, VBA, WebPlot Digitizer
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## Asymmetric Catenary Function

Back in 2009, I posted a user defined function (UDF) to generate a catenary curve, that could be used together with the Excel Solver to generate a curve of a specified span and sag: A catenary function Following a discussion … Continue reading

Posted in Coordinate Geometry, Curve fitting, Excel, Maths, Newton, UDFs, xlwings
Tagged Catenary, Excel, Solver, UDF, VBA
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## More circle fitting options with Scipy

A comment on the first post on this topic found that the method used did not work well for short arcs of large radius circles. An example of the problem can be seen in the screen shots below: The function … Continue reading

Posted in Coordinate Geometry, Curve fitting, Excel, Link to Python, Maths, Newton, NumPy and SciPy, UDFs, VBA, xlwings
Tagged curve fitting, Excel, least squares, Numpy, ODR, Python, SciPy, VBA
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