Elastic Creep Bending Analysis of Plates

by Hany Hamza, Ice and Offshore Engrg. Consultant; Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
Derek B. Muggeridge, Assoc. Prof.; Faculty of Engrg. and Applied Sci., Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, A1B 3X5,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 6, Pg. 1252-1261

Document Type: Journal Paper


The finite element method is used to solve the nonlinear problem of creep bending of a plate. The initial strain approach has been adapted to solve the resulting nonlinear simultaneous equations. The algorithm leads to a time incremental set of equations. An isoparametric thick plate element was used. Good agreement was obtained between the present work and some of the available literature for plates with and without elastic foundations. A load bearing test, on a fresh water ice cover, was carried out and good agreement again was noted between the field data and the numerical model.

Subject Headings: Elastic analysis | Creep | Bending (structural) | Plates | Finite element method | Agreements and treaties | Elastic foundations | Ice loads

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