Nonlinear elasto-dynamic analysis of I-beams curved in-plan

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International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, 2009, 9 (2), pp. 213 - 241
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The elastic response of curved beams subjected to moving vertical loads and dynamic loads is investigated. Incremental dynamic equilibrium equations are derived by using the principle of virtual work. Newmark's step-by-step procedure is adopted to discretise the dynamic equilibrium equations and obtain the time history response. Geometric nonlinearities due to large deflections and rotations are taken into account. A total Lagrangian finite element formulation is developed. The numerical models are compared with the existing analytical solutions and employed to show the effects of geometric nonlinearities as well as the initial curvature on the dynamic behaviour of curved I-beams. It is shown that the geometric nonlinearities are significant even for service loads. The nonlinear behaviour of a curved beam is substantially different from the nonlinear behaviour of a straight beam when the initial curvature is not small. © 2009 World Scientific Publishing Company.
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