Scielo RSS <![CDATA[Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures]]> http://www.scielo.br/rss.php?pid=1679-782520140010&lang=en vol. 11 num. 10 lang. en <![CDATA[SciELO Logo]]> http://www.scielo.br/img/en/fbpelogp.gif http://www.scielo.br <![CDATA[<b>Static analysis of nanoplates based on the nonlocal Kirchhoff and Mindlin plate theories using DQM</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000001&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In this study, static analysis of the two-dimensional rectangular nanoplates are investigated by the Differential Quadrature Method (DQM). Numerical solution procedures are proposed for deflection of an embedded nanoplate under distributed nanoparticles based on the DQM within the framework of Kirchhoff and Mindlin plate theories. The governing equations and the related boundary conditions are derived by using nonlocal elasticity theory. The difference between the two models is discussed and bending properties of the nanoplate are illustrated. Consequently, the DQM has been successfully applied to analyze nanoplates with discontinuous loading and various boundary conditions for solving Kirchhoff and Mindlin plates with small-scale effect, which are not solvable directly. The results show that the above mentioned effects play an important role on the static behavior of the nanoplates. <![CDATA[<b>Mechanical behavior of the shear-patch loading interaction on transversally stiffened steel plate girders</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000002&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In this paper, the behavior of the intertwined shear and patch loading mechanisms in transversally stiffened steel plate girders is described. The phenomenological insight depicted in this paper shows the influence of the web thickness and the flange yield strength as well as the influence of the transverse stiffeners on the stress distribution, the critical loads and on the equilibrium path of this particular type of loading. A previously validated numerical model is used systematically as a simulation tool. Stress-, strain-, force- and displacement fields are exploited for the sake of inferring and idealizing the most valuable features of the depicted mechanical model. <![CDATA[<b>Evaluation of energy absorption performance of steel square profiles with circular discontinuities</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000003&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This article details the experimental and numerical results on the energy absorption performance of square tubular profile with circular discontinuities drilled at lengthwise in the structure. A straight profile pattern was utilized to compare the absorption of energy between the ones with discontinuities under quasi-static loads. The collapse mode and energy absorption conditions were modified by circular holes. The holes were drilled symmetrically in two walls and located in three different positions along of profile length. The results showed a better performance on energy absorption for the circular discontinuities located in middle height. With respect to a profile without holes, a maximum increase of 7% in energy absorption capacity was obtained experimentally. Also, the numerical simulation confirmed that the implementation of circular discontinuities can reduce the peak load (Pmax) by 10%. A present analysis has been conducted to compare numerical results obtained by means of the finite element method with the experimental data captured by using the testing machine. Finally the discrete model of the tube with and without geometrical discontinuities presents very good agreements with the experimental results. <![CDATA[<b>Finite element simulation of laser generated ultrasound waves in aluminum plates</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000004&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The Laser-Ultrasonic technique uses laser energy to generate ultrasound waves in various solids. This technique allows inspecting large structures. The generated ultrasound wave form is affected by features of laser pulse (wavelength, pulse duration, power density). The goal of this paper is to study the effects of laser parameters (rise time and beam radius of laser) on the laser generated surface acoustic waves in an aluminum plate. The results obtained from the finite element model of laser generated ultrasound are presented in terms of temperature and displacement. At first, the transient temperature field can be precisely calculated by using the finite element method. Then, laser generated surface acoustic wave forms are calculated in aluminum plate. Results from numerical simulation are compared with other references; the accuracy of the method is proved accordingly. In this simulation the sequential field coupling is used. Simulation results show that the laser parameters have a significant influence on the ultrasound waves and will be able to be utilized to choose best experimental parameters of laser. <![CDATA[<b>Study of anisotropic mechanical properties for aeronautical PMMA</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000005&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en For the properties of polymer are relative to its structure, the main purpose of the present work is to investigate the mechanical properties of the aeronautical PMMA which has been treated by the directional tensile technology. Isodyne images reveal the stress state in directional PMMA. And then, an anisotropic mechanical model is established. Furthermore, all mechanical parameters are measured by the digital image correlation method. Finally, based on the anisotropic mechanical model and mechanical parameters, the FEM numerical simulation and experimental methods are applied to analyze the fracture mechanical properties along different directions. <![CDATA[<b>Reinforcement contribution to the behavior of low-rise concrete walls </b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000006&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en Based on steel strains recorded during shake table tests of six wall specimens, the effect and contribution of steel reinforcement to peak shear strength and displacement capacity of low-rise concrete walls is assessed and discussed. The experimental program included four variables such as wall geometry, concrete type, web steel ratio and type of web reinforcement. Wall response was assessed through effective steel strains in vertical reinforcement, efficiency factors of wall reinforcement, contribution of web horizontal reinforcement to wall shear strength, and the effect of type of web reinforcement to wall displacement. <![CDATA[<b>Modeling the size dependent pull-in instability of beam-type NEMS using strain gradient theory</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000007&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en It is well recognized that size dependency of materials characteristics, i.e. size-effect, often plays a significant role in the performance of nano-structures. Herein, strain gradient continuum theory is employed to investigate the size dependent pull-in instability of beam-type nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS). Two most common types of NEMS i.e. nano-bridge and nano-cantilever are considered. Effects of electrostatic field and dispersion forces i.e. Casimir and van der Waals (vdW) attractions have been considered in the nonlinear governing equations of the systems. Two different solution methods including numerical and Rayleigh-Ritz have been employed to solve the constitutive differential equations of the system. Effect of dispersion forces, the size dependency and the importance of coupling between them on the instability performance are discussed. <![CDATA[<b>Stress concentration around perforations produced by corrosion in steel storage tanks</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This paper presents numerical results of stress concentration factors for plates perforated by corrosion. Evidence from 25 plates with corrosion perforation considered show that typical shapes may be characterized as a deviation from an ellipse or from a circle. In order to model typical perforations created by this type of corrosion, holes with non-circular boundaries have been considered in the form of cosine shape and variations from it. Two load cases are investigated: uniaxial and shear stress fields in an elastic plane stress problem. The influence of the amplitude of deviation with respect to an ellipse or circle and the local curvature of the internal boundary of the hole are studied. A simplified model of an equivalent ellipse originally proposed by Nishida is shown to provide good estimates for stress concentration factors for a range of shapes induced by corrosion. <![CDATA[<b>Vibration reduction of composite plates by piezoelectric patches using a modified artificial bee colony algorithm</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000009&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In Current paper, power consumption and vertical displacement optimization of composite plates subject to a step load are carried out by piezoelectric patches using the modified multi-objective Elitist-Artificial Bee Colony (E-ABC) algorithm. The motivation behind this concept is to well balance the exploration and exploitation capability for attaining better convergence to the optimum. In order to reduce the calculation time, the elitist strategy is also used in Artificial Bee Colony algorithm. The voltages of patches, plate length/width ratios, ply angles, plate thickness/length ratios, number of layers and edge conditions are chosen as design variables. The formulation is based on the classical laminated plate theory (CLPT) and Hamilton's principle. The performance of the new ABC approach is compared with the PSO algorithm and shows the good efficiency of the new ABC approach. To check the validity, the transient responses of isotropic and orthotropic plates are compared with those available in the literature and show a good agreement. <![CDATA[<b>An efficient coupled polynomial interpolation scheme for shear mode sandwich beam finite element</b>]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1679-78252014001000010&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en An efficient piezoelectric sandwich beam finite element is presented here. It employs the coupled polynomial field interpolation scheme for field variables which incorporates electromechanical coupling at interpolation level itself; unlike conventional sandwich beam theory (SBT) based formulations available in the literature. A variational formulation is used to derive the governing equations, which are used to establish the relationships between field variables. These relations lead to the coupled polynomial field descriptions of variables, unlike conventional SBT formulations which use assumed independent polynomials. The relative axial displacement is expressed only by coupled terms containing contributions from other mechanical and electrical variables, thus eliminating use of the transverse displacement derivative as a degree of freedom. A set of coupled shape function based on these polynomials has shown the improvement in the convergence characteristics of the SBT based formulation. This improvement in the performance is achieved with one nodal degree of freedom lesser than the conventional SBT formulations.