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Applications of finite element analysis in structural engineering

Mahendran, Mahen (2007) Applications of finite element analysis in structural engineering. In Siva Prasad, N., Sekar, A.S., & Krishnapillai, S. (Eds.) International Conference on Computer Aided Engineering, 13-15 Dec 2007, Chennai, India.

Abstract

Advances in the field of computer aided engineering during the last two decades have been quite extensive and have led to considerable benefits to many engineering industries. In the building industry, use of advanced finite element tools has not only allowed the introduction of innovative and efficient building products, but also the development of accurate design methods. High performance computing facilities and advanced finite element programs are now available for research and development activities in many universities in collaboration with industries. In this paper, four examples of successful applications of advanced computer tools are presented and discussed. The structural performance of steel cladding systems, innovative hollow flange beams, plasterboard lined cold-formed steel stud walls and an innovative cold-formed steel building system was accurately simulated by finite element models and thus considerably reduced the number of time consuming and expensive large scale experiments required. Both local and overall failures of various building components were investigated. New design rules, structurally improved and optimized building products and systems, and simplified behavioural and computer models were developed. This paper presents a summary of the four detailed investigations using advanced finite element tools, and selected results.

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ID Code: 12968
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Finite element analysis, Structural engineering applications, Cold, formed steel buildings and components
ISBN: 978-81-904235-3-3
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:40

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