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Chiorean, C. G. A Computer Method for Nonlinear Inelastic Analysis of 3D Semi-Rigid Steel Frameworks. Engineering Structures, 31(12), pp. 3016-33, 2009.

Abstract: This paper presents an efficient computer method for inelastic and large deflection analysis of steel space frames with non-linear flexible joint connections, based on the most refined type of second order inelastic analysis, the plastic zone analysis. The method employs modeling of structures with only one element per member, which reduces the number of degree of freedom involved and the computational time. Gradual yielding of cross-sections is modeled using the nonlinear inelastic force strain relationships, and then using the flexibility approach the elasto-plastic tangent stiffness matrix and equivalent nodal loads vector of 3-D beam-column element is developed. The method ensures also that the plastic bending moment is nowhere exceeded once a full plastified section develops. A zero-length rotational spring element is used for incorporating the connection flexibility into the element tangent stiffness matrix and equivalent nodal forces. The combined effects of material, geometric and connection behaviour nonlinearity sources are simulated into an object oriented computer program automatically. This program was used to study the ultimate response of several steel frames, which have been studied previously by other researchers. The example of computations and the comparisons made have proved the robustness, accuracy and time saving of the proposed analysis method.

Keywords: Plastic-zone analysis; Semi-rigid space frameworks; Large deflections; Advanced analysis

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2009.08.003

Posted by Cosmin G. Chiorean

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