Latin American Journal of Solids and Structures, Volume: 17, Issue: 2, Published: 2020
  • Fatigue performance and life prediction of CFRP plate in the RC bridge roof reinforcement ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Yuan, Xin; Zheng, Wei; Zhu, Chaoyu; Tang, Baijian

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract This paper investigated the fatigue properties and theoretical research on Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) RC bridge roof with new deck-pavement material. Two deck pavement schemes of CFRP-reinforced specimens were designed and tested. Four-point flexural fatigue tests were carried out on the specimens. The fatigue crack propagation, the deflection development and the CFRP strain under bridge fatigue load were researched. The test results show that the CFRP plate-reinforced specimens crack resistance performance can be improved and can bear the fatigue test load of two million times. Combined with the characteristics of the crack growth rate and fatigue damage accumulation of CFRP plate-reinforced bridge roof specimens, the fatigue life prediction analytical model for CFRP plate reinforced RC bridge roof was obtained. The fatigue life prediction model agrees well with the experimental results. The model proposed in this paper could be applied to predict the fatigue life of the CFRP plate-reinforced RC bridge roofs.
  • A Review: Study of Integral Abutment Bridge with Consideration of Soil-Structure Interaction ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Naji, Maryam; Firoozi, Ali Akbar; Firoozi, Ali Asghar

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract Bridges are one of the most critical parts of transportation networks that may suffer damages against earthquakes. Also, seismic responses of most bridges are significantly influenced by soil-structure interaction effects. Taking out expansion joints in the bridges may cause many difficulties in design and analysis due to the complexity of soil-structure interaction and nonlinear behavior. The secondary loads on an IAB include seismic load, temperature variation, creep, shrinkage, backfill pressure on back wall and abutment, all of which cause superstructure length and stress variations in girder changes. The purpose of this study is to recognize the most effective parameters of analysis IABs. Findings show that the backfill material behind the IABs has a significant effect on the performance of IABs. Using a compressible material behind the abutments would enhance the in-service performance of IABs. Finally, behaviour of abutment may be greatly affected by thermal load and soil pressure. Thermal expansion coefficient significantly influences girder axial force, girder bending moment, and pile head/abutment displacement.
  • Sensitivity of modal parameters of multi-span bridges to SSI and pier column inelasticity and its implications for FEM model updating ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Chaudhary, Muhammad Tariq A.

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract Modal parameters, determined through forced vibration testing, ambient vibrations or seismic excitations, are central to the structural health monitoring process for bridges. These parameters are used to obtain high-fidelity numerical models through FEM model updating by fine-tuning mass, stiffness and boundary conditions and matching the numerical and observed modal parameters. This study investigated sensitivity of modal parameters to changes in boundary conditions (soil-structure interaction effect) and pier column inelasticity (stiffness effect) through more than 450 non-linear dynamic time-history analysis of an ordinary multi-span bridge. The bridge system was founded on shallow foundations in five rock profiles and on pile foundations in five soil profiles and was subjected to 21 seismic ground motions of varying intensity (0.036 to 0.61g). Modal frequencies showed sensitivity to the SSI and pier column inelasticity effects for low and higher levels of seismic excitations respectively. Mode shapes, on the contrary, were insensitive to SSI as well as pier column inelasticity for all levels of seismic excitations.
  • Nonlinear Dynamic Response and Stability Analysis of a Tensegrity Bridge to Selected Cable Rupture ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Kahla, Nabil Ben; Ouni, Mohamed Hechmi El; Ali, Nizar Bel Hadj; Khan, Roohul Abad

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract This paper presents a nonlinear dynamic analysis procedure used for the investigation of the response of a tensegrity bridge to a selected sudden cable rupture. In order to simulate a cable rupture, for the loaded or unloaded geometry of the tensegrity structure, a geometrical nonlinear analysis is performed, and the cable end tensions projected in the global coordinate system are determined. Next, these forces are applied as external nodal forces to the tensegrity structure, from which the selected cable has been omitted (damaged structure). Next, the nonlinear equation of motion of the tensegrity bridge subjected to dynamic loads is discretized and integrated in time using the unconditionally stable Newmark constant-average acceleration method combined with a Newton-Raphson iterative scheme. The dynamic simulation is initiated by cancelling the vector of external forces representing the damaged cable. For each case, the largest tension force in the cables, the largest compression force in the struts as well as the largest average midspan displacement are determined. The maximum tension obtained in all the bridge cables was way below their tension capacities for the unloaded bridge and exceeded them for only one case of the loaded one. However, the maximum compression forces obtained in the struts of the bridge were below their compression capacities. The limit deflection has been exceeded only for of the loaded bridge and for several cases of cable rupture. Nonlinear dynamic instabilities caused by cable slackening were observed in all simulations.
  • Effect of pile arrangement on the bending performance of an existing bridge footing under lateral seismic loading ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Yang, Yong; Masuda, Takahiro; Yoshida, Eiji; Horiuchi, Satoshi; Kiriyama, Takaharu

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract In this paper, to further understand the bending failure mechanism of a bridge footing subjected to lateral seismic loading, the effect of pile arrangement on the bending performance of a footing is mainly investigated by parametric analysis. The pile location can considerably affect the bending failure pattern of the footing by constraining the extent of yielding of footing top bars. The piles placed at the center of the sides parallel to the loading direction can constrain the extent of yielding of the top bars in the loading direction. Similarly, the piles at the center of the sides perpendicular to the loading direction can constrain the extent of yielding of the top bars in the other direction. The center pile can constrain the extent of yielding of the top bars in two directions. Additionally, based on the analytical results of the parametric analysis, the application condition of the current beam theory-based design method expected to accurately evaluate the footing bending capacity is discussed from the aspect of pile spacing.
  • Neuro-Fuzzy modal control of smart laminated composite structures modeled via mixed theory and high-order shear deformation theory ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Repinaldo, Joana Pereira; Faria, Albert Willian; Silva, Rodrigo Alves e; Koroishi, Edson Hideki; Lara-Molina, Fabian Andres

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract The present study develops and applies a neuro-fuzzy modal vibration control of smart laminated composite structures with piezoelectric layers via Mixed theory. Differently from previous studies, the composite structures in this paper are modeled via the Mixed Theory using the High-order Shear Deformation Theory (HSDT) theory. The Mixed Theory adopts a single layer when representing the mechanical displacement field, through HSDT theory, and multiple layers (Layerwise theory) for the electrical degrees of freedom. The Mixed Theory is computationally implemented in the Matlab® software using a plate-type element called Serendipity. Moreover, a neuro-fuzzy active vibration controller is implemented to attenuate the vibration of the smart composite structures. The numerical results validate the electric-mechanical coupling adopted, showing the importance of the mixed theory in the static and dynamic modeling of slender beams and plates with piezoelectric layers. Finally, the results of the robustness analysis indicate that the neuro-fuzzy controller has benefits compared with the linear quadratic regulator.
  • Strain-degradation analysis of tunnel structures based on twin-shear unified strength criterion ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Bai, Yongtao; Guan, Shaoyu; Tang, Zhenyun; Florez-Lopez, Julio

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract This paper focuses on the stability analysis of tunnel structures with a circular hollow section based on the with a strain-degradation model using unified strength theory. A simplified numerical approach is proposed for analyzing the elasto-plastic behavior of surrounding rocks. A constitutive equation is proposed based on the unified strength theory and the strain degradation behavior was taken into account as well with deviatoric plastic strain chosen as the degradation parameter. Meanwhile, the plastic potential function can be obtained with the associated flow rule, by which the surrounding rocks can be classified as plastic zone and elastic zone. The solution in plastic zones adopted the differential method subdividing surrounding rock into infinitesimal concentric annuli, in which the radial stresses decrease monotonically with a decrease in radial coordinate. The relationship of the increment of stresses and the increment of strains in adjacent annuli can be derived from equilibrium, constitutive and geometrical equations. The numerical solution of each annulus is calculated from the outmost annulus at the elastic-plastic interface. In addition, the impact of the intermediate principal stress factor and the critical degradation parameter on the solution, and the factors of influence on plastic radius are discussed.
  • Contribution of coupling elements to the seismic demand of walls in reinforced concrete buildings ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Ramos, Lilibeth; Hube, Matías

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract Architectural configurations of reinforced concrete (RC) wall buildings force the connection of structural walls with beams, slabs and adjacent walls to distribute habitational spaces, generating interaction between those structural elements that results in a coupled structural system. Studies on resisting planes of RC buildings damaged during 2010 Chile earthquake suggest that the behavior of structural walls was highly influenced by the interaction of the resisting plane with the rest of the structure. Furthermore, researchers have identified 7the high levels of axial load as one of the principal causes of the observed wall damage on these buildings, and that a significant amount of this load comes from the seismic demands. However, there is uncertainty about how different coupling elements contribute to the seismic demands in RC walls. In this work, the seismic demands of axial load, shear and moment of RC walls are estimated from three buildings damaged during the 2010 earthquake using detailed finite element models that consider their three-dimensional layout. the contribution of coupling elements to the seismic demands of the studied RC walls is determined. Additionally, the effects of the assumed stiffness of structural elements over the seismic demands is evaluated. The results show that slabs have the largest contribution to the seismic axial load in walls, contributing with more that 90%, followed by adjacent walls and connecting beams. Furthermore, the obtained moment and shear diagrams of the studied walls are significantly different than those of cantilever walls, and it was found that the assumed stiffness of structural elements exerts an important effect on the prediction of the seismic demands in RC walls.
  • Assessment of plate-end debonding design provisions for RC beams strengthened with FRP ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Al-Saawani, Mohammed A.; El-Sayed, Ahmed K.; Al-Negheimish, Abdulaziz I.

    Abstract in English:

    Abstract Despite the enhancement in the flexural capacity of reinforced concrete (RC) members externally strengthened with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, debonding of the FRP from the concrete substrate at its ends is a major concern. This premature failure mostly occurs at a low fraction of the FRP rupture strain, thus compromises the effectiveness of FRP-strengthening. This paper presents a review on plate-end (PE) debonding as a critical failure mode in FRP-strengthened beams. The available models for predicting this mode of failure are also presented and assessed against experimental database established from previous studies. The precautions recommended by the relevant design codes to prevent PE debonding are also discussed and assessed. Based on the assessment, several conclusions are emphasized, including the inaccuracy in predictions of PE debonding given by most available models when compared with the experimental database and the inconsistency among these models. The assessment also revealed that the precautions recommended by most of the design codes are not adequate to prevent PE debonding.
  • FPSO collision local damage and ultimate longitudinal bending strength analyses ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Martinez, Jorge L.; Cyrino, Julio C.R.; Vaz, Murilo A.

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    Abstract In offshore oil &gas production there is a large concentration of platforms in a limited area of the sea, with the consequent increase of vessel traffic in the region. Platform supply vessels (PSVs), shuttle tankers and maintenance and safety units operate very close to these production platforms, creating a propitious scenario for collisions. Thus, the risk of collision between vessels and platforms has significantly increased, causing concern from the point of view of life loss, material damage and marine environment degradation. It is important to adequately design the structures and to predict the effects of accidents on the involved vessels. In the structural analysis of collision, geometric and material nonlinearities must be considered, as well as the striking ship velocity, the vessels draft difference, among other variables. In this work, the collision of a platform supply vessel with a single-hull Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platform is studied through numerical simulation using the ANSYS LS-DYNA computational system. Damage is locally characterized by the collision force on the FPSO hull and the depth of penetration (displacement). In addition, it is also shown the energy absorption capacity of each type of structural element for the collision scenarios studied and a criterion is proposed to determine which structural element group should receive more attention in the design phase in order to reduce the effects of a collision. Both the longitudinal strengths of the intact FPSO as well as the remainder after collision are evaluated by assessing the bending moment versus curvature curves. It is observed that a single-hull FPSO platform with the thicknesses of the structural elements maintained unchanged in the conversion of the original oil tanker (VLCC) shows a significant ultimate longitudinal strength even after collision of a larger support vessel at higher velocity than recommended by the IACS rule.
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