Trends in Structural Mechanics

Volume 54 of the series Solid Mechanics and Its Applications pp 31-40

Development and Progress of the Discrete Method of Limit Analysis Using “Rigid Bodies — Spring Models”

  • T. KawaiAffiliated withScience University of Tokyo
  • , N. TakeuchiAffiliated withMeisei University

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In order to break through bottleneck of finite element nonlinear analysis in solid mechanics, the first author (Kawai, 1977) proposed a family of new simplified element basing on the experimental evidence of solids under the ultimate state of loading in 1977. Since then a series of verification studies have been made in steel structures successfully.