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ACI Structural Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Acta Polytechnica : Journal of Advanced Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Structilia : Journal for the Physical and Development Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Advances in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 39)
Advances in Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 32)
Agregat     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ambiente Construído     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 34)
Architectural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Archives of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Archives of Hydro-Engineering and Environmental Mechanics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
ATBU Journal of Environmental Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Australian Journal of Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
BER : Building and Construction : Full Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
BER : Building Contractors' Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Building Sub-Contractors' Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
BER : Survey of Business Conditions in Building and Construction : An Executive Summary     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bioinspired Materials     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Bridge Structures : Assessment, Design and Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Building & Management     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Building and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Building Women     Full-text available via subscription  
Built Environment Project and Asset Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Bulletin of Pridniprovsk State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Case Studies in Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Case Studies in Structural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Cement and Concrete Composites     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Challenge Journal of Concrete Research Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Change Over Time     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Civil and Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Civil And Environmental Engineering Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Civil and Environmental Research     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Civil Engineering and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Civil Engineering Dimension     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Civil Engineering Infrastructures Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cohesion and Structure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Composite Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 284)
Computer-aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Computers & Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Construction Economics and Building     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Construction Management and Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Construction Science     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Constructive Approximation     Hybrid Journal  
Curved and Layered Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
DFI Journal : The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Enfoque UTE     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Engineering Project Organization Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Engineering Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Engineering Structures and Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Environmental Geotechnics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Frontiers in Built Environment     Open Access  
Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Geomaterials     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Geosystem Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Geotechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Géotechnique Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
GISAP : Technical Sciences, Construction and Architecture     Open Access  
HBRC Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Hormigón y Acero     Full-text available via subscription  
HVAC&R Research     Hybrid Journal  
Indonesian Journal of Urban and Environmental Technology     Open Access  
Indoor and Built Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Infrastructure Asset Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Infrastructures     Open Access  
Ingenio Magno     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Insight - Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 30)
International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering     Open Access  
International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Civil, Mechanical and Energy Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Condition Monitoring     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Construction Engineering and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Geo-Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Protective Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Steel Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Structural Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Structural Integrity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Sustainable Construction Engineering and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal on Pavement Engineering & Asphalt Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
International Journal Sustainable Construction & Design     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Applied Research in Water and Wastewater     Open Access  
Journal of Bridge Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Building Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Building Materials and Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Building Performance Simulation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access  
Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Civil Engineering and Science     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Civil Engineering Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Civil Engineering, Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Civil Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Composites     Open Access   (Followers: 78)
Journal of Composites for Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Construction Engineering and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Constructional Steel Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Fluids and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Frontiers in Construction Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Green Building     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Highway and Transportation Research and Development (English Edition)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Infrastructure Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Materials and Engineering Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Rehabilitation in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Structural Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
Journal of Structural Fire Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Structural Mechanics     Open Access  
Journal of Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Sustainable Design and Applied Research in Innovative Engineering of the Built Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of the Civil Engineering Forum     Open Access  
Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Water and Environmental Nanotechnology     Open Access  
Journal of Water and Wastewater / Ab va Fazilab     Open Access  
Jurnal Spektran     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurnal Teknik Sipil     Open Access  
Jurnal Teknik Sipil dan Perencanaan     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Konstruksia     Open Access  
KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Materiales de Construcción     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Mathematical Modelling in Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Media Komunikasi Teknik Sipil     Open Access  
Mokslas – Lietuvos ateitis / Science – Future of Lithuania     Open Access  
Nondestructive Testing And Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
npj Materials Degradation     Open Access  
Obras y Proyectos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Open Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Bridge Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Municipal Engineer     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Promet : Traffic &Transportation     Open Access  
Random Structures and Algorithms     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Recent Trends In Civil Engineering & Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Research in Nondestructive Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Resilience     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista IBRACON de Estruturas e Materiais     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Road Materials and Pavement Design     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Russian Journal of Nondestructive Testing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Science and Engineering of Composite Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61)
Selected Scientific Papers - Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Slovak Journal of Civil Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Soils and foundations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Steel Construction - Design and Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Structural Concrete     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Structural Control and Health Monitoring     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Structural Engineering International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Structural Mechanics of Engineering Constructions and Buildings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Structural Safety     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Structural Survey     Hybrid Journal  
Structure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Structure and Infrastructure Engineering: Maintenance, Management, Life-Cycle Design and Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Study of Civil Engineering and Architecture     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Superlattices and Microstructures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Surface Innovations     Hybrid Journal  
Technical Report Civil and Architectural Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Teknik     Open Access  
Territorium : Revista Portuguesa de riscos, prevenção e segurança     Open Access  
The IES Journal Part A: Civil & Structural Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Thin Films and Nanostructures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Thin-Walled Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Transactions of the VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava. Construction Series     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Transportation Geotechnics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Underground Space     Open Access  

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Computers & Structures
Journal Prestige (SJR): 1.63
Citation Impact (citeScore): 4
Number of Followers: 38  
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ISSN (Print) 0045-7949
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  • A force-based mathematical programming method for the incremental analysis
           of 3D frames with non-holonomic hardening plastic hinges
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 July 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): Theodoros N. Patsios, Konstantinos V. Spiliopoulos In this work, a fully automated, step-by-step, 1st order matrix force method is developed for the analysis of planar (2D) and spatial (3D) structural frames made of elastic-hardening plastic material. Plasticity (ideal and hardening) is modelled using plastic hinges of zero-length. The proposed automation techniques utilize Lagrange multipliers to model all forms of discontinuities in a simple and efficient way, within the framework of mathematical programming: internal discontinuities (e.g. articulations) as well as element eccentricities are taken into account. The problem may be solved using any quadratic/non-linear optimization algorithm with linear constraints; the redundant forces/moments serve as the primary unknowns. A load-controlled numerical strategy that is suitable for any predefined loading scenario analysis is proposed; its efficiency is demonstrated via a set of examples which are compared with existing results from the literature or output from commercial software based on the equivalent direct stiffness method.
  • Numerical model for the characterization of Maxwell-Wagner relaxation in
           piezoelectric and flexoelectric composite material
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 July 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): B.H. Nguyen, X. Zhuang, T. Rabczuk Bi-layer structures can be engineered to investigate the interfacial polarization (Maxwell-Wagner polarization) of heterogeneous dielectric material, which shows the frequency-dependent property of the effective dielectric permittivity. However, in piezoelectric or flexoelectric heterostructures, behaviors of the effective piezoelectric or flexoelectric coefficients are remained unclear. Therefore, in this work, we present a numerical model of the Maxwell-Wagner polarization effect in a bi-layer structure made of piezoelectric or flexoelectric material. In this model, the conductivity, which qualitatively represents the free charge in a real dielectric material, is introduced to the complex dielectric permittivity. Several numerical examples are performed to validate the model and investigate the frequency dependence of the effective dielectric permittivity, piezoelectric and flexoelectric coefficients as well as the giant enhancement of dielectric constants. It is found that the static (at low frequency) and the instantaneous (at high frequency) effective coefficients are governed by those of the thin and thick layer, respectively. Moreover, both conductivity and volume ratio play essential roles in the enhancement of the dielectric constant that is underpinned by the Maxwell-Wagner effect.Graphical abstractThe Maxwell-Wagner polarization effect is studied for the bi-layer piezoelectric or flexoelectric material. The free charge, which characterizes the interfacial polarization, is introduced by using the complex form of dielectric permittivity via the conductivity. Under appropriate boundary conditions, the effective material coefficients, i.e. piezoelectric or flexoelectric coefficients and dielectric permittivity, can be extracted by solving a boundary value problem, and are shown to be frequency-dependent.Graphical abstract for this article
  • A variational approach to embed 1D beam models into 3D solid continua
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): D.F. Turello, P.J. Sánchez, P.J. Blanco, F. Pinto This contribution presents the variational foundations for the embedding of Euler–Bernoulli beams into 3D solid continua. The Embedded Beam Model (EBM) explicitly incorporates the geometry of the beam/solid interaction interface. This is achieved by introducing a displacement compatibility constraint along the entire beam/solid interaction surface, devised to model the adherence between two models, which posses different kinematical descriptions. The paper especially focuses on the theoretical aspects related to the lateral beam/solid interactions.The proposed variational model yields the Euler-Lagrange equations for the coupled problem, which are not standard because of the occurrence of interaction forces due to the kinematical constraints prescribed at the beam/solid coupling interface.Numerical strategies, based on the Finite Element Method (FEM), are proposed to handle the variational formulation at the discrete level. These numerical approaches feature no limitations regarding mesh generation for the solid domain and full coupling between beam degrees of freedom and solid kinematics is obtained in the present model.The proposed formulation is validated against the so-called Direct Numerical Simulation approach. The good performance of the proposed EBM strategy provides a solid groundwork for future improvements, yielding a methodology with strong potential for the analysis of reinforced structures.
  • An efficient morphology generation and level set representation of
           cementitious microstructures with arbitrarily shaped aggregates and cracks
           via extended finite elements
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): Junjie Huang Concrete has a random and complex microstructure, the mesh generation of which could be challenging and time-consuming. This research presents a numerical procedure for morphology generation and level set representation of realistic cementitious microstructures without meshing the internal material interfaces. Central to the proposed numerical method is the exploitation of a vector level set function in the description of arbitrarily shaped aggregate inclusions, which allows bypassing the orthogonal projection operation on the inclusion interface as well as the determination of the outward normal. The proposed level set method is then coupled to the extended finite element method to simulate crack propagation in cement-based materials. To realistically simulate the microstructure of concrete, an improved approach that is capable of reproducing the complex geometric shape and surface texture of aggregates is proposed. To enhance the computational efficiency, a packing algorithm that mimics the settling of soil particles and enables dense aggregate packing patterns is developed to speed up the process of placing the generated aggregates into representative volume elements. After that, a series of numerical experiments are conducted to evaluate the accuracy and efficiency of the new technique. The evaluation demonstrates the effectiveness and potential of the proposed method.
  • Large deformation analysis of functionally graded visco-hyperelastic
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): João Paulo Pascon In this paper, a numerical formulation for the analysis of viscoelastic functionally graded materials under finite strains is presented. The general constitutive modeling is described within the context of Lagrangian and isotropic visco-hyperelasticity. The specific models selected are the compressible neo-Hookean hyperelastic law, the Zener rheological model and the isochoric evolution law described in terms of the rate of the viscous right Cauchy-Green stretch tensor. The material coefficients may vary smooth and continuously along one direction according to the power law. The viscous update is performed via the exponential rule. The main novelty of this paper is the use of gradually variable viscoelastic coefficients in the finite strain regime.Four numerical examples involving functionally graded materials and finite viscoelastic strains are originally analyzed to assess the formulation proposed: a bar under uniaxial extension, a block under simple shear, the Cook’s membrane and an elastomeric bridge bearing. Isoparametric solid tetrahedral finite elements of linear, quadratic and cubic orders are employed. The influence of the material viscoelastic parameters on the mechanical behavior is analyzed in detail. Results confirm that mesh refinement provides more accuracy and the present model can reproduce large levels of viscoelastic strains in functionally graded materials.
  • A wideband fast multipole accelerated singular boundary method for
           three-dimensional acoustic problems
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): Wenzhen Qu, Changjun Zheng, Yaoming Zhang, Yan Gu, Fajie Wang In this paper, we present a new fast meshless method, called as wideband fast multipole singular boundary method (FMSBM), for three-dimensional acoustic problems. The wideband FMSBM applies a partial wave expansion formulation in low frequency regime and a plane wave expansion formulation in high frequency regime. The present method is efficient and accurate for a wider range of frequencies compared with the existing FMSBM approaches. In addition, the method avoids large number of element integrations in the boundary element method for resolving the complicated acoustic model, which can further reduce the computational complexity.
  • A detailed micro-modelling approach for the structural analysis of masonry
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): V. Sarhosis, J.V. Lemos Over the last 50 years, a significant amount of effort has been taken to develop numerical approaches and tools for the structural analysis of masonry. These range from considering masonry as an anisotropic continuum (macro-models) to the more detailed ones considering masonry as an assemblage of units and joints (micro-models). In this paper, a detailed micro-modelling approach for the analysis of masonry couplets and prisms is proposed. The approach represents masonry units and mortar joints as an assemblage of densely packed discrete irregular deformable particles bonded together by zero thickness interface laws. The mechanical properties (here referred to as micro-properties) of irregular particles and contacts are responsible for the mechanical behaviour of masonry. In addition, the approach allows failure to occur either at the brick, mortar and/or brick/mortar interface. A series of computational models were developed and their results are compared against small-scale experimental findings. A good agreement between the experimental and the numerical results was obtained which demonstrates the huge potential of the modelling approach proposed. The significant advantage of this approach is to model cracking as a real discontinuity among particles and not as a modification in the material properties. In addition, reliable prediction of masonry strength can allow one to reduce the costly and timely experimental testing and avoid the reliance on conservative empirical formulas.
  • A global-local approach for the elastoplastic analysis of compact and
           thin-walled structures via refined models
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): M. Petrolo, M.H. Nagaraj, I. Kaleel, E. Carrera A computationally efficient framework has been developed for the elastoplastic analysis of compact and thin-walled structures using a combination of global-local techniques and refined beam models. The theory of the Carrera Unified Formulation (CUF) and its application to physically nonlinear problems are discussed. Higher-order models derived using Taylor and Lagrange expansions have been used to model the structure, and the elastoplastic behavior is described by a von Mises constitutive model with isotropic work hardening. Comparisons are made between classical and higher-order models regarding the deformations in the nonlinear regime, which highlight the capabilities of the latter in accurately predicting the elastoplastic behavior. The concept of global-local analysis is introduced, and two versions are presented - the first where physical nonlinearity is considered for both the global and local analyses, and the second where nonlinearity is considered only for the local analysis. The second version results in reasonably accurate results compared to a full 3D finite element analysis, with a twofold reduction in the number of degrees of freedom.
  • An improved explicit time integration method for linear and nonlinear
           structural dynamics
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): Wooram Kim, Jin Ho Lee In this article, a new explicit time integration method is developed to analyze linear and nonlinear problems of structural dynamics. Like recently developed explicit time integration methods, the new explicit method can also control the amount of numerical dissipation in the high frequency range. The method is explicit in the presence of the damping matrix, if the mass matrix is diagonal. Due to the unconventional approximations of the displacement vector, the new method does not require evaluation of the initial acceleration vector and other acceleration vectors. Linear and nonlinear problems of structural dynamics can be tackled in a consistent manner, and iterative solution finding procedures are not required. Various illustrative problems are used to investigate improved performance of the new explicit method.
  • Free vibration reanalysis of structures with added degrees of freedom
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): S.P. Zheng, B.S. Wu, Z.G. Li This paper deals with free vibration reanalysis for structural topological modifications with added degrees of freedom. A modified initial analysis system (MIAS) is first constructed to include the newly added degrees of freedom. The MIAS is then used to analyze the modified structure, keeping the number of degrees of freedom unchanged. The block combined approximation method with shifting is finally utilized to calculate multiple eigensolutions of the modified structure. The implementation of the approach involves only LDLT factorizations of shifted sub-stiffness matrices corresponding to the newly added degrees of freedom. The proposed method consists of matrix–matrix operations. These operations can be implemented by using Level-3 Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms, the execution efficiency is thus enhanced. Numerical examples are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method and the accuracy of the approximate solutions.
  • A 3D detailed micro-model for the in-plane and out-of-plane numerical
           analysis of masonry panels
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): Antonio Maria D'Altri, Stefano de Miranda, Giovanni Castellazzi, Vasilis Sarhosis In this paper, a novel 3D detailed micro-model to analyse the mechanical response of masonry panels under in-plane and out-of-plane loading conditions is proposed. The modelling approach is characterized by textured units, consisting of one brick and few mortar layers, represented by 3D solid finite elements obeying to plastic-damage constitutive laws. Textured units are assembled, accounting for any actual 3D through-thickness arrangement of masonry, by means of zero-thickness rigid-cohesive-frictional interfaces, based on the contact penalty method and governed by a Mohr-Coulomb failure surface with tension cut-off. This novel approach can be fully characterized by the properties obtained on small-scale experimental tests on brick and mortar and on small masonry assemblages. The interface behaviour appears consistent with small-scale tests outcomes on masonry specimens. Experimental-numerical comparisons are provided for the in-plane and out-of-plane behaviour of masonry panels. The accuracy, the potentialities and the efficiency of the modelling approach are shown and discussed.
  • Three-dimensional damage analysis by the scaled boundary finite element
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): Zihua Zhang, Dilina Dissanayake, Albert Saputra, Di Wu, Chongmin Song A novel and effective approach within the framework of the scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM) is proposed for the damage analysis of structures in three dimensions. The integral-type nonlocal model is extended to SBFEM to eliminate the mesh sensitivity concerning the strain localization. In order to reduce the number of degrees of freedoms (DOFs), an automatic mesh generation algorithm using octree decomposition is employed to refine the localized damage process zone (DPZ), but no extra effort is required to deal with hanging nodes existing between adjacent subdomains with different sizes. A double-notched tension beam is simulated with two different meshes to illustrate the mesh-independence. Three benchmarks are modelled to further verify the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed approach. It is shown that the proposed computational approach is capable of accurately capturing the damage evolution under complicated boundary conditions, and the results agree well with the experimental observations and prior numerical simulations reported in the literatures.
  • Techniques for vibration analysis of hybrid beam and ring structures with
           variable thickness
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 206Author(s): Xinwei Wang, Zhangxian Yuan Free vibration analysis of hybrid nonlocal Euler-Bernoulli beams and non-uniform rings needs solving sixth-order differential equations with variable coefficients. In this paper, techniques are proposed to solve this problem. Discrete singular convolution beam/ring elements and weak form quadrature beam/ring elements are developed. Explicit formulas are derived and presented. The efficiency of the proposed techniques is compared to the existing advanced methods such as the differential quadrature element method and the local adaptive differential quadrature method. Selected cases of hybrid nonlocal Euler-Bernoulli beams and non-uniform rings with variable thickness are investigated. Comparisons reveal that among these methods, the proposed quadrature element method is the most efficient one. In addition, the discrete singular convolution element method with the harmonic kernel is the best efficient technique for obtaining high mode frequencies.
  • Parametric finite element analysis of RC wide beam-column connections
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 205Author(s): Hamdolah Behnam, J.S. Kuang, Bijan Samali This paper presents the finite element analysis (FEA) of reinforced concrete wide beam-column connections using the theoretical context of the concrete damaged plasticity (CDP) model. The predictive capability of the model was verified by simulating the behaviour of four full-scale, exterior wide beam-column connections that were tested under reversed cyclic loading conditions. A brief description of the test program is reported. The finite element predictions showed excellent agreement with the test results, in particular, the lateral load-displacement response, reinforcement yielding, crack patterns and failure modes. In addition, the sensitivity of the results to various model parameters, including the viscosity parameter, mesh size, dilation angle, yield surface variables, damage parameter, fracture energy, and the type of analysis was discussed. The key parameters of the model and their distinct characteristics were identified. Finally, the parametric numerical study was conducted to explore the effects of several parameters including the column axial load, column and beam dimensions, beam bar anchorage ratio, and spandrel beam reinforcement, on the performance of exterior wide beam-column connections.
  • Evolutionary topology optimization of continuum structures under
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 205Author(s): Jesús Martínez-Frutos, David Herrero-Pérez This paper presents an evolutionary approach for the Robust Topology Optimization (RTO) of continuum structures under loading and material uncertainties. The method is based on an optimality criterion obtained from the stochastic linear elasticity problem in its weak form. The smooth structural topology is determined implicitly by an iso-value of the optimality criterion field. This iso-value is updated using an iterative approach to reach the solution of the RTO problem. The proposal permits to model the uncertainty using random variables with different probability distributions as well as random fields. The computational burden, due to the high dimension of the random field approximation, is efficiently addressed using anisotropic sparse grid stochastic collocation methods. The numerical results show the ability of the proposal to provide smooth and clearly defined structural boundaries. Such results also show that the method provides structural designs satisfying a trade-off between conflicting objectives in the RTO problem.
  • Variational formulation of micropolar elasticity using 3D hexahedral
           finite-element interpolation with incompatible modes
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 205Author(s): Sara Grbčić, Adnan Ibrahimbegović, Gordan Jelenić A three-dimensional micropolar elasticity is cast in terms of the rigorous variational formulation. The discrete approximation is based on hexahedral finite element using the conventional Lagrange interpolation and enhanced with incompatible modes. The proposed element convergence is checked by performing patch tests which are derived specifically for micropolar finite elements. The element enhanced performance is also demonstrated by modelling two boundary value problems with analytical solutions, both exhibiting the size-effect. The analyzed problems involve a cylindrical plate bending and pure torsion of circular cylinders, which were previously used in the experimental determination of the micropolar material parameters. The numerical results are compared against the analytical solution, and additionally against existing experiments on a polymeric foam for the pure torsion problem. The enhancement due to incompatible modes provides the needed improvement of the element performance in the bending test without negative effects in the pure-torsion test where incompatible modes are not needed. It is concluded that the proposed element is highly suitable for the numerical validation of the experimental procedure.
  • Solving generalized eigenvalue problems for large scale fluid-structure
           computational models with mid-power computers
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 August 2018Source: Computers & Structures, Volume 205Author(s): Q. Akkaoui, E. Capiez-Lernout, C. Soize, R. Ohayon This article proposes a method for solving generalized eigenvalue problems on medium-power computers with a moderate memory in the particular context of studying fluid-structure systems with sloshing and capillarity. This research was performed following many RAM problems encountered when computing the modal characterization of the system studied. The methodology proposed is one solution to reduce RAM and time required for the computation, by using methods such as double projection or subspace iterations.
  • An efficient semi-analytical simulation framework to analyse laminated
           prismatic thin-walled beams
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 July 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): Jens Wackerfuß, Andreas M. Kroker An efficient semi-analytical simulation framework is presented, that allows a highly systematic analysis of the mechanical behaviour of laminated prismatic thin-walled beams. It is excellently suitable for extensive case studies and can serve as a key ingredient for the optimization of shape, geometry and stacking sequences of laminated beams. The proposed method can be coded as a stand-alone solution and easily and directly be embedded in existing numerical optimization tools, without the overhead of common simulation tools (like FE-codes). Thus, long-winded and time consuming data transfers are avoided. Additionally, as a consequence of the structural clearness of the proposed method, the simulation framework can also be used as an environment for the development and testing of new beam models. By analogy with existing models for thin-walled beams, the kinematic of the cross-section is described by a proper set of deformation modes. There are no restrictions regarding these modes, i.e. rigid body modes (axial extension, mayor- and minor-axis flexure, and torsion) as well as higher-order modes (involving warping, distortion and transverse bending of the cross-section walls) can be considered. It is shown that for each given set of modes, the resulting system of equations can be derived - both analytically and systematically - in a straight-forward manner. In contrast to common beam formulations, the introduction of both stress resultants and cross-section values is not required.
  • A multiscale force-based curved beam element for masonry arches
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 July 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): Paolo Di Re, Daniela Addessi, Elio Sacco This paper presents a Timoshenko beam finite element for nonlinear analysis of planar masonry arches. Considering small displacement and strain assumption, the element governing equations are defined according to a force-based formulation that adopts three different parametrizations of the axis planar curve, permitting the exact description of the element geometry for arbitrarily curved arches. Specific quadrature techniques are illustrated to perform numerical integration over the curved axis. A two-scale arch-to-beam homogenization procedure reproduces the nonlinear response of periodic masonry materials, where an equivalent Timoshenko straight beam describes the behavior of the reference Unit Cell made of a single linear elastic brick and a nonlinear mortar layer. Formation of the hinges characterizing the collapse mechanism of the arch is detected taking advantage of the quadrature rule along the axis and a fracture energy based regularization technique is employed to avoid damage localization.The proposed curved beam model is implemented in a standard FE analysis code and is used to perform several numerical applications. After validating the proposed formulation through benchmarking tests under linear elastic material response, the numerical simulation of six experimental tests is shown, concerning masonry arches characterized by different shapes and undergoing in-plane bending. The numerical results are validated through experimental outcomes and other FE models.
  • Local absorbing boundary conditions to simulate wave propagation in
           unbounded viscoelastic domains
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 July 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): Ravi Shankar Badry, Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla In this paper, Local Absorbing Boundary Conditions are presented for wave propagation through the viscoelastic media. This method is an extension of Local Absorbing Boundary Condition (ABC) proposed by Lysmer and Kuhlemeyer (1969). The proposed method does not converge for Kelvin type of viscoelastic materials but converges for Maxwell type of viscoelastic material model. This method is verified with 1D and 2D finite element models using explicit solver and the accuracy is compared with standard solutions. This study concluded that better responses can be obtained for the viscoelastic wave propagation using present approach when compared with traditional Local Absorbing Boundary Conditions. This study also concluded that the proposed method is suitable for low to medium viscous damping materials. For high viscous materials, the proposed method can be applied to transient wave propagation problems.
  • A biphasic model for full cycle simulation of the human heart aimed at
           rheumatic heart disease
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 March 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): Gary Hopkins, S. Skatulla, L. Moj, T. Ricken, N. Ntusi, E. Meintjes Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is identified as a serious health concern in developing countries, specifically amongst young individuals, accounting for between 250 000 and 1.4 million deaths annually. As such, attention is initially placed on the importance of the development of a cardiac analysis toolbox with functionality for pathophysiological analysis of the disease. Subsequently, in order to develop a toolbox to further the understanding of the mechanisms of the disease as linked to changes in the cytoskeletal architecture and hypertrophy of cardiac myocytes, a continuum bi-phasic model applicable to cardiac tissue is formulated based on the theory of porous media (TPM). This makes it possible to account for interactions and contributions of multiple phases of constituent materials as well as concentrations of solved components, which in computational cardiac modelling are the solid phase – the cardiac tissue – and the liquid phase – blood and interstitial fluid. Therefore, subsequent attention is paid to the cardiac model development in order to implement a sound base on which to add strain- and nutrient-driven phase transition, in addition to a nutrient phase contained within the liquid phase. To this end, based on thermodynamical restrictions, constitutive relations are proposed for stress, permeability, seepage velocity and interaction forces. The approach is implemented in the in-house computational cardiac mechanics toolbox SESKA which supports finite element as well as Element-free Galerkin-based approximations. This paper considers the passive and active non-linear elastic material behaviour of the myocardium of the left ventricle coupled with porous media theory, along with an additional coupling to the haemodynamics of the circulatory system, facilitating modelling of the full cardiac cycle. In order to illustrate the potential and efficacy of the approach with qualitative results, a human heart affected by RHD is investigated, making use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance scans taken over a period of two years to generate realistic 3D computer models.
  • Experimental data reduction for hyperelasticity
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 March 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): Marcos Latorre, Francisco J. Montáns WYPiWYG hyperelasticity is a data-driven, model-free computational procedure for finite element analysis of soft materials. The procedure does not assume the shape of the stored energy function and does not employ material parameters, predicting accurately any smooth prescribed behavior from a complete set of experimental tests. However, fuzzy experimental data may yield useless highly oscillatory, unstable stored energy functions, and classical curvature smoothing gives frequently unsatisfactory results. Aside, the possibility of having experimental data from different specimens for the same test was not considered in previous procedures. In this work we present a novel technique based on spline regression and smoothing penalization using stability conditions. In general, this procedure reduces noisy experimental data or data from multiple specimens for ulterior determination of the stored energy. The procedure only needs the solution of a linear system of equations. Instead of classical curvature-based smoothing, we employ a novel stability-based smoothing, determining for each branch of the uniaxial stress-strain curve the most restrictive stability condition during uniaxial and equibiaxial tests. The resulting stored energy functions are smooth and stable. The procedure has little sensitivity to the number of spline segments or to the choice of the penalization parameter, which are computed automatically.
  • Analysis of nonlinear soil-structure interaction effects: 3D frame
           structure and 1-Directional propagation of a 3-Component seismic wave
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 February 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): M.P. Santisi d'Avila, F. Lopez-Caballero In this paper, a finite element modeling technique, taking into account the effects of soil-structure interaction (SSI) is proposed for structural analysis and design. The one-dimensional model of a nonlinear multilayered soil profile is assembled with a multi-story multi-span frame model and the dynamic equilibrium problem is solved directly. The one-directional propagation of three-component seismic waves (1D-3C) is modeled taking into account the SSI, in the case of rigid shallow foundation and negligible rocking effects.The 1D-3C wave propagation model provides the three components of motion at the base of the frame structure, allowing the reduction of mesh size and computation time, compared with a fully three-dimensional model, and avoiding modeling difficulties to realize a reliable three-dimensional soil domain, related among others to boundary conditions.The proposed model allows the analysis of those structural dynamic features, seismic wave and local soil stratigraphy, that produce changes in the ground motion at the surface. The model reproduces well expected phenomena, in the case of layered soil with increasing nonlinearity and for different inertia distribution in the frame structure. SSI combined with seismic site effects is analyzed in a Japanese soil profile, using as seismic loading a 3C record of 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
  • Towards real-time modelling of passive and active behaviour of the human
           heart using PODI-based model reduction
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 February 2018Source: Computers & StructuresAuthor(s): R.R. Rama, S. Skatulla In this research, a reduced order method (ROM) called the Proper Orthogonal Decomposition with Interpolation (PODI) is used to drastically reduce computation time of highly complex and nonlinear problems as encountered in simulating the heart. The idea behind the method is to first construct a database of pre-computed full-scale solutions using the Element Free Galerkin method (EFG) or the Finite Element Method (FEM), project the set of solutions to a low-dimensional space, use the Moving Least Square method to carry out the interpolation for the problem at hand and project it back to the original high-dimensional solution space.Calculations are carried out on a left and a bi-ventricle model taking into account the passive elastic and the active contraction behaviour of the heart. In order to address varying time increments of datasets used for interpolation, a time standardisation method is developed to facilitate full-cycle heart modelling. The performance and accuracy of the approach is investigated while considering variations of the hemodynamics in terms of pre- and afterload.
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