Computer Aided Experiments for Truss Structures

by Hidemoto Mukai, Tokyo Inst of Technology, Yokohama, Japan,
Shigekatsu Ichihashi, Tokyo Inst of Technology, Yokohama, Japan,
Akira Wada, Tokyo Inst of Technology, Yokohama, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


It is quite difficult to investigate structural mechanical properties by full scaled structure experiments. Consequently, an experiment using a reduced scale model is generally performed. In such an experiment, the resistance force becomes small in proportion to square of the model's reduction ratio and a higher accurate loading system is required. This paper aims to construct an automatic loading system to control the loads at multiple points independently and concurrently. By using this loading system, the experiments using reduced scale models of steel truss structures. that have non-buckling members for the compressive force, are performed.

Subject Headings: Trusses | Steel structures | Scale models | Computer models | Load factors | Structural analysis | Computer aided operations | Structural models

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