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CE 147 - 02 Finite Element Model

CE 147 - 02 Finite Element Model - Introduction to...

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1 Introduction to STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS USING FINITE ELEMENT PROGRAMS Introduction Computer programs can simplify the analysis of complex structures The primary computer method of analysis uses “finite elements” Finite elements break down the structure into discrete (i.e. finite) elements Finite Element Model
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2 Introduction Finite elements can be used for static and dynamic analyses of many types of structures Finite Element Model Showing Dynamic Response (Mode 18) Introduction Finite elements can represent: A i l l d l t (i t l t ) Axial load elements (i.e. truss elements) Beam elements that resist moments, shear and axial loads (i.e. frame elements) Plate and shell elements (used to model continuous structures such as walls)
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