Linear Elastic Finite Element Analysis of Axisymmetric Shells on Elastic Foundations

by Qiao Zhang, Univ of Sydney, Sydney, Australia,
Peter Ansourian, Univ of Sydney, Sydney, Australia,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond

Abstract: Thin-walled cylindrical silos containing compacted bulk solids show a significant increase in strength over empty silos under meridional compression. A finite element model is used which models the solid as a Winkler foundation in three directions. The element is doubly-curved axisymmetric, and its accuracy is checked against several test problems involving elastic foundations. Results are given for cylinders under meridional compression.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Elastic foundations | Elastic analysis | Silos | Compression | Axisymmetry | Linear analysis

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