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Upper-Bound Finite-Element Limit Analysis of Axisymmetric Problems for Mohr-Coulomb Materials Using Semidefinite Programming

Mohapatra, Debasis and Kumar, Jyant (2018) Upper-Bound Finite-Element Limit Analysis of Axisymmetric Problems for Mohr-Coulomb Materials Using Semidefinite Programming. In: JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS, 144 (7).

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Abstract

An upper-bound formulation for performing finite-element limit analysis by using semidefinite programming (SDP) for an axisymmetric stability problem involving the Mohr-Coulomb yield criterion has been presented. The SDP technique has an advantage in that it can deal with the yield criterion directly in its native form in terms of principal stresses and strains without any smoothing of the parent yield surface. The associated flow rule and plastic power dissipation are expressed entirely in terms of principal plastic strain rates. Nodal velocities and element plastic strain rates were framed as basic governing variables without involving stresses. The solution was obtained by using the SDP solver MOSEK in MATLAB. The problem of finding the bearing capacity of a circular footing was dealt with by choosing a planar domain that was discretized with (1)three-noded constant strain finite elements and (2)six-noded linear strain finite elements. The results were obtained with and without the provision of the velocity discontinuities, and were compared with those reported in literature. It was learned that quite accurate solutions can be obtained with the application of six-noded linear strain triangular elements and using velocity discontinuities along all the elements' interfaces.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
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Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 14:08
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2018 14:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/59937

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