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THEORY AND APPLICATION OF THE WAVE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD FOR THE DYNAMIC ANALYSIS OF MULTI-SUPPORTED BRIDGES

Gabriele Paratore

THEORY AND APPLICATION OF THE WAVE FINITE ELEMENT METHOD FOR THE DYNAMIC ANALYSIS OF MULTI-SUPPORTED BRIDGES.

Rel. Cecilia Surace, Maria Giuseppina Limongelli, Tien Hoang, Denis Duhamel. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Civile, 2019

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Abstract:

The phenomenon of wave propagation in periodic structures is first introduced focusing the attention on the wave characteristics - e.g. propagation constants - which help to best understand the physic of the problem. The Wave Finite Element Method (WFEM) is then discussed and two different approaches to structural modeling are described: the Dynamic Stiffness Matrix (DSM) and the Wave Amplitude (WA). An example of a simply supported beam, solved by the WA approach, is presented to outline the main steps of application the WFEM. The method is further extended to account for the presence of intermediate support along the structure. This application of the WFEM to this case study is a new development that represents the main core of the thesis. Several case studies are developed (1D beam, 2D beam, and a real bridge) using a Matlab script written on purposes. The results are compared with the conventional application of the finite element method (FEM). This allows to assess the solution and to highlight the low computational effort associated with the use of the WFEM with respect to the more traditional FEM. In the final part of the thesis, a discussion on the number of waves that propagate along the structure as a function of the frequency excitation is reported.

Relators: Cecilia Surace, Maria Giuseppina Limongelli, Tien Hoang, Denis Duhamel
Academic year: 2018/19
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 61
Subjects:
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Civile
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-23 - CIVIL ENGINEERING
Ente in cotutela: ENPC-ÉCOLE DES PONTS PARISTECH (FRANCIA)
Aziende collaboratrici: Ecole des Ponts ParisTech - Laboratoire Navier - Equipe Geotechnique CERMES
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/11102
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