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Title: Concurrent multi-scale modeling of civil infrastructures for analyses on structural deterioration-Part I : modeling methodology and strategy
Authors: Li, ZX
Chan, THT
Yu, Y
Sun, ZH
Keywords: Civil infrastructures
Concurrent analyses
Health monitoring
Multi-scale modeling
Runyang Yangtse bridge
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier Science Bv
Source: Finite elements in analysis and design, 2009, v. 45, no. 11, p. 782-794 How to cite?
Journal: Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 
Abstract: This paper aims to develop the methodology and strategy for concurrent finite element modeling of civil infrastructures at the different scale levels for the purposes of analyses of structural deteriorating. The modeling strategy and method were investigated to develop the concurrent multi-scale model of structural behavior (CMSM-of-SB) in which the global structural behavior and nonlinear damage features of local details in a large complicated structure could be concurrently analyzed in order to meet the needs of structural-state evaluation as well as structural deteriorating. In the proposed method, the "large-scale" modeling is adopted for the global structure with linear responses between stress and strain and the "small-scale" modeling is available for nonlinear damage analyses of the local welded details. A longitudinal truss in steel bridge decks was selected as a case to study how a CMSM-of-SB was developed. The reduced-scale specimen of the longitudinal truss was studied in the laboratory to measure its dynamic and static behavior in global truss and local welded details, while the multi-scale models using constraint equations and substructuring were developed for numerical simulation. The comparison of dynamic and static response between the calculated results by different models indicated that the proposed multi-scale model was found to be the most efficient and accurate. The verification of the model with results from the tested truss under the specific loading showed that, responses at the material scale in the vicinity of local details as well as structural global behaviors could be obtained and fit well with the measured results. The proposed concurrent multi-scale modeling strategy and implementation procedures were applied to Runyang cable-stayed bridge (RYCB) and the CMSM-of-SB of the bridge deck system was accordingly constructed as a practical application.
DOI: 10.1016/j.finel.2009.06.013
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