Study of Structural Behavior with Computer Simulation

by Jamshid Mohammadi, Illinois Inst of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA,
Hojjat Adeli, Illinois Inst of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


The application of computer simulated testings of structural elements in the civil engineering undergraduate education is described. With a computer simulation a structural component may be tested for an increasing load from the initial stages of deformation to the complete collapse stage. At each load increment, the simulation incorporates the behavior of the component using a stress-strain curve which is randomly generated based on typical data available for the type of material. The occurence of collapse is simulated with a defined collapse criterion pre-determined and set in the computer program.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Computer models | Structural members | Engineering education | Structural failures | Material properties | Stress analysis | Graphic methods

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