Screen Breakwaters
The diffraction of water waves by an offshore breakwater consisting of an infinite row of equally-spaced vertical screens is investigated theoretically. The reflected and transmitted wave...

Computation of Wind Pressures on L-Shaped Buildings
The paper refers to the numerical simulation of turbulent wind conditions around an arbitrarily-shaped building composed of two rectangular blocks. The time-averaged Navier-Stokes equations...

Improved Time-History Analysis for Structural Dynamics Calculations
Methods are developed to reduce the computational effort in time-history analysis of nonlinear structures. The methods permit use of much larger time intervals than are possible in conventional...

Free Vibration Analysis of Asymmetric Buildings
A simple procedure for free vibration analysis of asymmetric buildings is presented. This method assumes that each floor is a rigid diaphragm with three degrees of freedom (two lateral...

Wave Propagation in a Nonlocal Strain-Softening Continuum
The problem of wave propagation in a nonlocal strain softening solid is first discussed analytically. It is demonstrated that 'loading' waves can still propagate in the strain softening...

Analog Electronic Simulations of a Nonlinear System
We perform electronic analog simulations of a harmonically forced Duffing oscillator. The addition of noise perturbations of sufficient intensity is shown to induce transitions between...

A Sphere Moving Down an Inclined Bumpy Surface
A sphere moving down a bumpy incline in the air is studied theoretically and experimentally. A method based on the principle of energy conservation is used to express the average velocity...

Structural Control Under Stochastic Seismic Loads
This paper presents a method of controlling nonlinear and hysteretic civil engineering structures subjected to stochastic earthquake ground excitations. Emphasis is placed on control of...

Roll-Waves on a Non-Newtonian Mud Layer
This article extends the theory of roll-waves due to Dressler (1949) to a thin layer of mud modeled as a power law fluid. Roll-waves are periodic bores moving at a constant velocity down...

Inflation Instability of Cylindrical Membranes
A new procedure which investigates inflation instability of cylindrical nonlinear membranes is developed. The general characteristics of inflation instability are described. An efficient...

Investigation of Parametrically-Induced Excitation in Concrete Columns
A mathematical model is developed which accounts for the non-linear material characteristic of concrete members. The axial and transverse motions of concrete columns, are found to be second-order...

Minimal Storage Finite Element Solution of Large-Scale Three-Dimensional Elastodynamic Problems

Tripod Crane Concept for Lunar Surface Construction
A construction scheme using three integrated cranes is proposed. Mikulas proposed a lunar crane concept which introduces a set of three cables in order to stabilize the payload. This paper...

Tide and Hurricane Storm Surge Computations for the Western North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
The development of a finite element (FE) model to study tides and hurricane storm surge in the Western North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico is discussed. Issues that are emphasized include...

Approximation of Convective Processes by Cyclic AOI Methods
Convective or advective processes play a role in many models for civil engineering applications. For example in transport equations, in hydrodynamic equations or wave energy equations....

Linearisation and Offshore Fatigue Reliability
In determining the force effects due to wave action on offshore structures it is conventional to use an equivalent linearisation to convert wave velocities to forces via Morison's equation....

Asymptotic Importance Sampling
One of the main issues in reliability analysis is the accurate and efficient calculation of the multivariate reliability integral. The Asymptotic Importance Sampling Technique (AIS) selects...

Pre-Envelope Covariance Differential Equations
The problem of predicting the safety of structural systems subjected to random loading arises in may engineering applications. In this framework the envelope process plays an important...

Experiences with Experimental Design Schemes for Failure Surface Estimation and Reliability
When using FORM and SORM to predict the probability of failure for a structural component a model for the failure function has to exist. For certain structural components a mechanical...

Digital Simulation of Wind Load Effects
The time domain solution of the equations of motion of structures subjected to a stochastic wind field is often obtained by a step-by-step integration approach. The loading is often described...

 

 

 

 

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