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    A Linear Strain, Curvature-Driven Triangular Element for the Analysis of Membrane Structures

    P.D.Gosling1, L. Zhang1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.83, No.2, pp. 97-142, 2012, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2012.083.097
    Abstract The analysis of membrane structures is made complex by the essentially anti-clastic geometry and flexibility introducing significant geometric non-linearities. With the increasing application of these structures in high-profile projects, the introduction of new materials in the form of ETFE foil, for example, and the impending requirements of a membrane structures-specific Eurocode, the need for high quality analysis capabilities is paramount. Existing formulations lag behind shell element counterparts and are based on a range of principles, from discrete to continua, and uniaxial to plane stress constitutive laws. In this paper, we present a linear strain triangular element for the efficient and… More >

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    Stochastic Finite Element Analysis and Reliability Of Steel Telecommunication Towers

    M.M. Kamiński1, J. Szafran1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.83, No.2, pp. 143-168, 2012, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2012.083.143
    Abstract The main issue in this article is computational probabilistic analysis and reliability assessment of the steel telecommunication towers subjected to material and environmental uncertainty. Such a discussion is important since very wide, frequent and relatively modern application of these structures, which are subjected to various sources of uncertainty and having at this moment no rich and time-dependent failure evidence. Numerical analysis is based on the generalized stochastic perturbation technique implemented as the Stochastic Finite Elements using the Response Function Method applied with the use of computer algebra system. A simultaneous usage of the engineering FEM system and mathematical package enables… More >

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    Comparison between a Cohesive Zone Model and a Continuum Damage Model in Predicting Mode-I Fracture Behavior of Adhesively Bonded Joints

    K.I. Tserpes1, A.S. Koumpias1
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.83, No.2, pp. 169-182, 2012, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2012.083.169
    Abstract In this work, a comparison between a cohesive zone model and a continuum damage model in predicting the mode-I fracture behavior of adhesively bonded joints is performed on the basis of reliability and applicability. The cohesive zone model (CZM) is based on an exponential traction law characterizing the behavior of the interface elements. The continuum damage model (CDM) is based on the stiffness degradation of adhesive elements imposed by a damage parameter. Both models have been implemented by means of a 3D finite element model. Mode-I fracture behavior of the bonded joints was characterized using the DCB specimen. Firstly, the… More >

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    T-Trefftz Voronoi Cell Finite Elements with Elastic/Rigid Inclusions or Voids for Micromechanical Analysis of Composite and Porous Materials

    L. Dong1, S. N. Atluri2
    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.83, No.2, pp. 183-220, 2012, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2012.083.183
    Abstract In this paper, we develop T-Trefftz Voronoi Cell Finite Elements (VCF -EM-TTs) for micromechanical modeling of composite and porous materials. In addition to a homogenous matrix in each polygon-shaped element, three types of arbitrarily-shaped heterogeneities are considered in each element: an elastic inclusion, a rigid inclusion, or a void. In all of these three cases, an inter-element compatible displacement field is assumed along the element outer-boundary, and interior displacement fields in the matrix as well as in the inclusion are independently assumed as T-Trefftz trial functions. Characteristic lengths are used for each element to scale the T-Trefftz trial functions, in… More >

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