Computer Simulations of Timber-stressed Skin Panels Using Finite Elements

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Proceedings of WCTE2008-10th World Conference on Timber Engineering, 2008, pp. 1 - 6
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A Finite Element Model (FEM) can provide a helpful and accurate tool for acquiring a better understanding of complex structures such stressed skin panel (SSP) systems and can contribute towards saving costly experiments. Because SSP constructions are highly complex, orthotropic, statically indeterminate and multi-layer assemblies and their members are orthotropic, and have viscoelastic properties and non-linear behaviour under certain conditions, accommodating SSP systems into a FEM is an arduous task and inevitably represents an idealisation of the physical structures.
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