COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR NON-PRISMATIC FOLDED PLATES WITH PLATE AND BEAM ELEMENTS

A COMPUTER PROGRAM, FINPLA2, IS PRESENTED WHICH CAN BE UTILIZED TO ANALYZE GENERAL HIGHWAY BRIDGE STRUCTURES. THIS PROGRAM CAN ANALYSE GENERAL NON-PRISMATIC CELLULAR STRUCTURES OF VARYING WIDTH AND DEPTH AND MAY HAVE AN INTEGRATED THREE-DIMENSIONAL FRAME. THE STRUCTURE IS DISCRETISED BY DIVIDING IT LONGITUDINALLY INTO A CERTAIN NUMBER OF STRUCTURE SEGMENTS BY VERTICAL SECTIONS, AND BY SUBDIVIDING EACH SUCH SEGMENT INTO FINITE ELEMENTS. THE STRUCTURE ALIGNMENT IS DESCRIBED BY A LONGITUDINAL REFERENCE LINE WHICH MAY BE A STRAIGHT LINE, A CIRCULAR CURVE OR AN ARBITRARY PLANAR STRING POLYGON AND CROSS-SECTIONS ARE DEFINED WITH RESPECT TO THIS LINE. ORTHOTROPIC PLATE PROPERTIES AND ARBITRARY LOADINGS AND BOUNDARY CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED. AUTOMATIC ELEMENT AND COORDINATE GENERATION OPTIONS MINIMIZE THE REQURIED INPUT DATA. SEVERAL NUMERICAL EXAMPLES ILLUSTRATING THE USE OF THE PROGRAM ARE ALSO GIVEN. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    College of Engineering, Office of Research Services
    Berkeley, CA  USA  94720
  • Authors:
    • Meyer, C
    • Scordelis, A C
  • Publication Date: 1971-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 164 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00208120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Interim
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1974 12:00AM