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Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

Front Arch Civil Eng Chin    2009, Vol. 3 Issue (2) : 125-130
Nonlinear finite element analysis of short-limbed wall
Zhi ZHANG1(), Qian GU1, Shaomin PENG1, Quanzhi CAI2
1. School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China; 2. Central-South Architectural Design Institute, Wuhan 430071, China
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Combined with the actual project, this paper carries out a nonlinear finite element analysis on 2 groups, 6 short-limbed shear walls, through the finite element calculation software ANSYS. The stress-strain relation of the models, and the effects of the type of sections and the axial compression ratios on the models can be obtained, providing a reference for future design.

Keywords short-limbed wall (SLW)      nonlinear finite element      separate model      axial compression ratios     
Corresponding Author(s): ZHANG Zhi,   
Issue Date: 05 June 2009
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Zhi ZHANG,Qian GU,Shaomin PENG, et al. Nonlinear finite element analysis of short-limbed wall[J]. Front Arch Civil Eng Chin, 2009, 3(2): 125-130.
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Fig.1  Dimensions of specimens (unit: mm). (a) Non-flanged specimen; (b) flanged specimen
Fig.2  Section reinforcement. (a) Linking beam reinforcement; (b) limb reinforcement
Fig.3  FEM models. (a) Non-flanged model; (b) flanged model; (c) steel element of non-flanged model; (d) steel element of flanged model
Fig.4  Load-displacement curves. (a) Models S1, S2, S2; (b) models FS1, FS2, FS2
Fig.5  Skeleton curves. (a) Specimens S1, S2, S3; (b) specimens FS1, FS2, FS2
specimens/modelsyield displacement/mmfailure displacement/mmductility coefficient
S1 experiment value3.76023.3406.21
ANSYS value3.27816.9255.16
S2experiment value3.89032.0608.24
ANSYS value3.51720.5605.85
S3experiment value3.82021.8905.73
ANSYS value2.82012.5604.45
FS1experiment value2.86018.6306.51
ANSYS value0.8914.0794.58
FS2 experiment value2.72023.5308.65
ANSYS value0.7024.4056.27
FS3experiment value2.56018.8507.36
ANSYS value1.0333.6523.54
Tab.1  Ductility coefficient
Fig.6  Load-displacement curves in different axial compression ratios for models FS2a, FS2b, FS2c
Fig.7  Contour plot of yield stress. (a) S1; (b) FS1; (c) S2; (d) FS2; (e) S3; (f) FS3
1 Zhang Zhi. Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Short Leg Wall on the Box Transition Storey. Wuhan: Wuhan University of Technology, 2007 (in Chinese)
2 Cai Quanzhi, Gao Zhan, Li Hua, Peng Shaomin. Experiment of SLW under monotonic and cyclic reversed loading and its ANSYS analysis. Journal of Wuhan University of Technology , 2005, 27(12): 49-52 (in Chinese)
3 Song Jianxue, Peng Shaomin, Liu Lixin. Short-limbed wall structure under horizontal cyclic loading test. Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology , 2002, 19(1): 91-94 (in Chinese)
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