The Socrates expert system is developed as a stand-alone Microsoft
Windows application. The Socrates interface, shown below, will allow
the user to perform different types of consultations that include:
A typical Socrates consultation and the intuitive interface that facilitates consultations is described here. There is a single view of the program incorporating elements of a typical Windows graphical interface from which the user accesses all system functionality. A system consultation can begin by specifying data relevant to:
Based on the Data specified for the different parameters, the system will display folders of different material classes that are applicable for the current set of conditions.
Socrates interface incorporates many graphical tools to conveniently access different types of functionality in Socrates. The Toolbar smart Icons allow the user to access different functionality of the menus through the icons. Just clicking on the icons will start a specific process otherwise available through the menus. The Toolbar icons and their functions are shown below:
The New File command allows the user to start a new Socrates consultation.
The user can simultaneously conduct up to nine (9) consultations.
The Export button provides a direct interface to MS Excel, and
all the data can be directly transferred to an MS Excel spreadsheet by
the click of a button. It is necessary to have Microsoft Excel (Version
8 or higher) installed on the machine for this feature to work
The Convert utility provides the convenience to convert field data to units and form as required by Socrates.
The View button generates a Comparative view dialog with the CRAs next to one another for easier comparison and analysis.
The CostDb button implements the ODBC link to the Cost Database, using which the user can generate a new module or work on old cost module cases completely independent of the consultation.
The Alloys command displays the alloys database Socrates program.
This command is only available when the materials section of the Socrates
window is selected. This should be used with extreme caution as any changes
made to the materials can affect the results obtained from Socrates drastically.
The SUL button launches the program Safe Use Limits, an independent
entity that provides immediate access to experimental data and safe use
limits of various Steels.