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Collapse simulation of masonry arches induced by spreading supports with the combined finite-discrete element method


Chen, X and Wang, H and Chan, AHC and Agrawal, AK and Cheng, Y, Collapse simulation of masonry arches induced by spreading supports with the combined finite-discrete element method, Computational Particle Mechanics, 8 pp. 721-735. ISSN 2196-4378 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s40571-020-00366-x


Masonry arches are usually composed of individual blocks or voussoirs, which are highly discontinuous and nonlinear, and it is extremely difficult or even impossible to simulate their collapse behavior using finite element methods. Therefore, a combined finite–discrete element method (FDEM) is employed to simulate the collapse behavior of dry-joint masonry arches induced by spreading supports. With finite elements incorporated into discrete elements, both the deformation of arch voussoirs and the interaction between them such as contact can be predicted accurately. Moreover, a cohesive fracture model is implemented to simulate the potential rupture of masonry voussoirs. Based on them, several examples are validated with experiments, and the results indicate that the FDEM is able to simulate the collapse of masonry arches well. Furthermore, a parametric study is conducted on selected geometric and physical parameters to investigate the collapse of masonry arches due to support movements. The influences of friction and voussoir fracture where limited attention was paid to are also examined.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:masonry, arch, collapse, support movement, combined finite-discrete element method
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Civil geotechnical engineering
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction processes
Objective Field:Civil construction processes
UTAS Author:Chan, AHC (Professor Andrew Chan)
UTAS Author:Cheng, Y (Ms Yingyao Cheng)
ID Code:143590
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2021-03-25
Last Modified:2022-08-30

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