Numerical and experimental investigations of stress wave propagation in utility poles under soil influence

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From Materials to Structures: Advancement Through Innovation - Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM 2012, 2013, pp. 593 - 598
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Over the past decades, different types of non-destructive testing (NDT) methods have been developed for the condition assessment of timber structures. Stress wave methods, which are based on stress wave propagation theory, are considered to be simple and cost-effective tools for identifying damage as well as embedment length of timber poles/piles. However, due to the lack of understanding on wave propagation in such structures, especially under the influence of surroundings such as soil, these methods encounter difficulties in producing reliable results. In this paper, an investigation was carried out on the wave propagation behaviour in utility timber poles with consideration of soil effects. The commercial finite element (FE) analysis software ANSYS was used to simulate stress wave propagation in a timber utility pole under the influence of soil. In order to verify the numerical findings, laboratory testing was also conducted in conjuction with the numerical modelling. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group.
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