BEM for thick plates on unilateral Winkler springs
A new direct boundary element (BEM) technique is established to analyze plates on tensionless elastic foundation. The soil is modeled as Winkler springs. The considered BEM is based on the formulation of shear deformable plate bending theory according to Reissner. The developed technique is based on coupling a developed plate bending software with iterative process to eliminate tensile stresses underneath the considered plate. Tensile zones are redistributed until the final contact zone of plate is reached. Examples are tested and results are compared to analytical and previously published results to verify the proposed technique.
KeywordsBoundary element method Tensionless Soil-structure interaction Raft
This project was supported financially by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), Egypt, Grant no. 14910. The authors would like to acknowledge the support of (STDF).
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