Physical Quantity: A Pattern Language for Quantities and Units in Physical Calculations (Workshop Version)

Michael Krisper, Johannes Iber, Tobias Rauter, Christian Josef Kreiner

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This paper describes the Physical Quantity pattern language. The Physical Quantity is a specialized version of the Quantity
pattern and is intended for the physical and mathematical domains where calculations, arithmetics, conversion and simulations
are the most used functionalities. Its emphasis is on type safety, dimensional analysis, as well as performance, fast arithmetics,
and convenient syntax. The pattern language also includes related patterns and their special functionalities like conversion,
handling tolerances, or validation is shown. The target audiences are software architects and software developers in the area of
physical and mathematical simulations and calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017


  • design patterns
  • type safety
  • quantities
  • unit system
  • si units
  • simulations
  • calculations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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