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Application of FEM to HighRise Building Analysis
Overview of FEM (1)
1. Finite elements are discretization of continuum (structure, solid, fluid, etc). It is of finite size (not infinitesimal as in continuum mechanics) & has a simple geometry e.g. triangle & quadrilateral shapes.
2. FEM transforms a problem with theoretically an infinite number of degrees of freedom (DOFs) to one with a finite number of OOFs.
3. As in other numerical methods, FEM in general yields approximate values of the unknown variables at selected nodes. Values elsewhere are obtained by interpolation or extrapolation.
4. It involves computation of stiffness, nodal forces, etc for typical finite elements selected for the problem. These are then assembled to form the structural values.
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Overview of FEM (2)
5. The formulation involves variational principles. For structural problems, the use of principle of virtual work is convenient For field problems, weak formulation is usually adopted.
6. Even though FEM reduces the OOFs, the amount of data to be handled is often still formidable. Procedures suitable for computer implementation are needed, e.g. direct stiffness method, isoparametric formulation, Gauss quadrature integration, etc.
7. Accuracy of FEM solutions depends on good understanding of the physical problem (including boundary conditions) & appropriate modelling  including choice of element type & meshing.
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Problem Types
1. Static  Linearly Elastic"'''' l/..."l rrtfiJr'i/ ~
(** Superposition is applicable)
2. Static  Nonlinear
E.g. nonlinear material, PDelta effect, buckling, staged construction
3. Dynamic  linearly Elastic*'"
account for hystersis behaviour of system
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K = Stiffness _0 <M r;f. U = Response
F = Loading
Continuum to Discrete System
Classical
Structure/Sol id
Assumptions Equilibrium Compatibility Material Law
Computer Model
etc ...
Partial differential equations
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Equilibrium
• FEM is a displacement method (as opposed to force method)  formulation at element level & assembly of structural matrices/vectors in a direct and efficient way (Direct stiffness method).
• Begin with assumption of displacement shape functions (typically polynomial) in each element.
• Shape functions are not exact in general to represent actual displacements. t
• Thus it is not possible to satisfy equilibrium at every point. I
• Approximation is needed to impose equilibrium in an average sense for the element via principle of virtual work (or weak formulation).
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Compatibility
• Finite elements interface with one another through the nodes
• Main unknowns are displacements at the nodes (which could include rotations for frame and shell elements)
• Compatibility is imposed between elements at the nodes, but not necessarily along the edges between nodes.
• Sometimes it is necessary to achieve compatibility by imposing kinematic relations  e.g. rigid diaphragm, "line constraint" (particularly useful for mismatched meshing between two different elements), etc.
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Material Modelling (1)
II) Linear Elastic II) Linear Inelastic
t.l e
... ...
0 # 0
L1. L1. (
Deformation Deformation
II) III
e
e ... ~
0
0 L1.
L1.
Nonlinear Elastic ~ Nonlinear Inelastic
Deformation Deformation
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Material Modelling (2)
• Most problems assume linearly elastic, isotropic & homogeneous materials.
• 3D constitutive equation:
1 > v/,f~
 ' 0 E E E
&xx 1 v 0
E
E 1
E
o 1 G
0 0
0 o· Uxx 1
un 1
0 0 uzz 1
+ a.6.T +u'Ve~~
0 0 'xy ~ ·0

1 'yz 0
0 'zx 0
G rxy ryz Yzx "J" \
sym.
1 ~
 F A E
GG=
~ 2(1+v)
k,
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Material Modelling (3)
• In matrix form:
~ = Ccr+~T
• For FE implementation, this is inverted to
() = D[~  ~T]
~ "Thermal load"
• For anisotropic materials (i.e. properties dependent on directions), similar equations can be written but involves more material parameters.
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FE Formulation (1)
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Consider quadrilateral4node (04) plane stress element.
Element OOFs: 2 per node (uj I Vj)
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Physical coord. system
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FE Formulation (2)
• Nodal displacement vector (g_) for the element  collation of all nodal displs:
~=(U1 Vi U2 V2 U3 V3 U4 V4)T
• Displacement interpolation by "shape functions" Displs at any point (x, y) in the element are expressed in terms of nodal displs.
4 U(X,y) =N1U1 +N2U2 +N3U3 +N4U4=INjUj I i=1
4
V(X,Y) =N1V1 +N2V2 +N3V3 +N4V4='LN;Vj ;=1
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FE Formulation (3)
Strain interRolation 0 0
ox
0 0 [~] ~B ~
E:= 
oy
0 0

oy oX
where
aN1 0 aN2 0
ax ax
g= 0 aN1 0 aN2
ay ay
aN1 aN1 aN2 aN2
ay ax ay ax
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Stress by constitutive law (ignoring thermal term)
(J=O e =0 Ba
Nodal forces
External load (including body force & surface load) are expressed in
terms of forces at the nodes (f). fy3
Shape functions are used to
compute the equivalent nodal loads,
e.g. tb = J NT Q dV
V \
body force vector
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FE Formulation (5)
Equilibrium Apply Principle of Virtual Work to the element:
Internal V.W. :::: External V.W.
f = [J~ T Q ~ dV] a /
k elmt (elastic stiffness)
• Equilibrium is achieved in average sense within the finite element, but not satisfied at every point.
• The same shape functions are used in virtual displacements ~ Symmetric stiffness matrix.
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FE Formulation (6)
• In the above FE procedure, element stiffness matrix & element load vector are formulated in the physical coordinate system (x, y).
• For elements of higher order elements (e.g. Q8 & Q9), particularly with curved shape, this procedure. becomes cumbersome for computer implementation.
• For example, shape functions are difficult to derive mathematically. Integration is also difficult to compute.
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Isoparemetric Element (1)
• Introduce concept of "master element"
Finite element in physical coord.
Master element in natural coord.
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(X2' Y2)
(1, 1)
(1, 1)
2
(0,0)
y
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4
(1, 1)
(1, 1)
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Isoparemetric Element (2)
• Shape functions expressed in natural coord (and thus "standard" regardless of the actual shape of physical element). For Q4 element:
1
N1 = 4 (1 + ~)(1 + 7])
N3 = _2_ (1  ~) (1  7]) 4
• Displacement interpolation:
u (t; I 11) = 1 ti (~ I 11)1 g
• Coordinate interpolation (mapping):
Use the same set of X (S I 11) =1 N (S I 11)1 Q
shape functions
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(1, 1) (1, 1)
2
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(0,0)
4
Q8 Element (1, 1) (1, 1)
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• The same shape functions are used for displacement interpolation & coordinate interpolation ~ Isoparametric element formulation
• Allow easy implementation of elements of arbitrary shapes & higher order elements (e.g. 08 and 09)
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Isoparemetric Element (4)
• For partial derivatives required in B matrix:
Jacobian matrix (J)  This matrix needs to be inverted (numerically)
• Element stiffness matrix, e.q, for plane stress element of thickness t
f T (1 f1 T
Kelmt = B DB tdA= .L1.L1 B DB tIJldC;d1]
A
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Isoparemetric Element (5)
• Condition for onetoone mapping between physical coordinates & natural coordinates is: IJI should not change sign in the domain of mapping.
• Guidelines for element mesh:
> Avoid hig~ly distorted elements > Avoid elongated elemenfs
> Interior angles < 1800
> Midside node located within middle onehalf along the edge  middle onethird preferred.
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Isoparemetric Element (6)
• Badly distorted element would give Jacobian determinant different signs within the element.
7 Some points of the master element are mapped to points outside the corresponding physical element.
Physical element Master element
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4 3 ;
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2 [ l
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det(J) > 0
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2x2 G.P. 3x3 G.P.
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• Integration is computed numerically by Gauss quadrature formula, which is the most efficient in terms of achieving the same accuracy with minimum integration points. i
• For example, 2point Gauss quadrature gives exact integral of cubic _polynomial (other formulae need 4 points).
Kelmt = L [Gauss weight x Integrand computed at Gauss point]
• Gauss quadrature integration is carried out in the natural coord. system
+
1x1 G.P.
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Numerical Integration (2)
• FEM is inexact (in general) and usually it errs by being too stiff.
• Using more Gauss points to integrate element stiffness matrices exactly (or nearly exact) therefore does not necessarily leads to better accuracy, plus increases computational time.
o Lesser Gauss points compensates the overstiffness of FEM ("two wrongs make a right"), e.g. to overcome "shear locking" problem.
• But It is possible that the strains at Gauss points happen to be zero ~ spurious zeroenergy mode (in addition to rigid body modes which are truly zeroenergy). This can give instability or inaccuracy.
• E.g. "Hour glass" deformation: No strain (& stress) at Gauss points.
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Nodal Forces (1)
• Loading are converted to nodal forces via
displacement functions (fY) P2
• For point load (P) not at any node: f = NTp
 
• For surface traction (g):
[=JNTEtds ~
s
• For body force (!J.), e.g. gravity load, inertia force:
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Nodal Forces (2)
• Gauss quadrature is used for numerical integration if needed and done in the natural coordinate system
• This method gives "consistent" nodal forces, as the same set of shape function (similarly for computing mass matrix).
• This does not imply "exact" (as shape functions are approximation of actual displacement functions, plus Jacobian transformation in distorted elements).
• E.g. nodal forces for gravity load (W= weight of element) for Q8 element: At corner codes, the 
nodal forces are upwards! But
total nodal forces = W
WI12
W/12
W/3 J
~W13
• Alternative: use "IWJl7~d mass" approach (popu~ shelt elements; zero mass for rotational OaFs).
IW'3 W/12
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Shape Functions (1)
• 04 element is bilinear, i.e. linear along two axes, but nonlinear in other directions 7 linear + some ~ms (incomplete).
~ 08 and 09 contains all quadratic terms and some higher order terms (incomplete).
Typical shape function Shape function for corner
for Q4 element node of Q8 element
Shape function for midside node of Q8 element
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Shape Functions (2)
• Shape functions are typically polynomial functions (easy to derive and differentiate).
• They are defined in the natural coordinates system.
• Accuracy of elements depend on order of shape functions used.
• Linear & quadratic elements are common, and cubic elements in some special applications.
• Higherorder element is not justifiable due to the approximation nature of FEM.
• For distorted elements (nonrectangular), isoparametric mapping (via Jacobian transformation) gives nonpolynomial representation of displacement field.
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Shape Functions (3)
• For triangular elements, the natural coordinates system is not convenient & is replaced by the "area coordinates" system.
• Shape functions are defined in terms of L1, L2 and L3.
, , _A ". _.... !._'
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ Area coordinate of this point is (L1, L2, La)
where L1 = A/A, L2 = AiA, L3 = A3/A A = A1 + A2+ As
Area = Al
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Good Element Shapes
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Poor Element Shapes
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Unacceptable Element Shapes
Midside node too close to
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Boundary Conditions (1)
• One advantage of displacement method is the ease in enforcing displacement boundary conditions.
• FEM formulates the whole structural stiffness matrix for all DOFs and then impose displacement boundary conditions to eliminate those equations corresponding to known nodal displacements.
• Standard: Fixed, pinned, roller.
• Elastic support (e.g. foundation or soil)
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Boundary Conditions (2)
• Inclined support can be modelled by a truss or spring element.
'\ Do not set the relative stiffness value too high due to possible numerical truncation error ..  100 to J 000 times is usually sufficient.
1 .... e
Stiff truss _ ~ ~~ .. element
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~inematic Constraints (1)
• Finite element mesh can affect the solution considerably.
• Rectangular elements are more accurate than arbitrary shaped elements.
• From coarse mesh to fine mesh, mesh transition would generally mean nonrectangular elements.
• The process of defining transition elements can be tedious, and mesh distortion decreases accuracy.
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Kinematic Constraints (2)
· Alternatively, kinematic constraints can be imposed to enforce
displacement compatibility between elements where nodes do not
coincide  known as "line constraint".
• This eliminates the need for mesh transition elements.
• This approach is also useful for capturing interaction of different
structural objects, e.g. curved shear wall supporting a curved ramp.
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enforced here
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Kinematic Constraints (3)
• The finer mesh is constrained to the coarse mesh ..
• Shape functions of the coarse mesh is used to evaluate the displacements at the nodes of the fine mesh. .
• Displacements at the 3 fine mesh nodes (#5, 7 & 9) are "constrained" to move linearly as defined by displacement shape between the 2 coarse mesh nodes (#3 & 4).
• For i = 5, 7 & 9:
~: :Z:~: :Z;~: I
1 0 04
7 8
3
5 bO 6
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Kinematic Constraints (4)
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• Another example:
Inclined floor connected to wall, but their nodes do not coincide.
• If kinematic constraint is not imposed on the elements, there will be gap or overlap between the. slab and wall along the interface.
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Direct Assembly
• Element stiffness matrices are then assembled to form a structure stiffness matrix by the direct stiffness. method.
.. This involves establishing a connectivity array that links element OOFs to structure OOFs. '
• Numbering of OOFs in the shorter direction helps to reduce the matrix bandwidth (hence more efficient computationally) .
• Nodal forces of all elements are assembled in the
same way.
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Solutions
• Solve K ~ = E by LU decomposition (or its variation)
• For large system, special schemes may be required, e.g. active column method.
• The solution gives nodal displacements.
• From nodal displacements, strains and stresses are calculated via B matrix and D matrix:
&= Ba u=Df_
• These are usually computed at Gauss points.
• Forces & moments are numerically integrated at Gauss points: e.g.
Fxx = fO"xx dA A
Mxx = faxx y dA A
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Convergence Study
• Convergence  FE solution approaches the exact solution as the mesh size decreases to zero.
• When unsure of the adequacy of FE mesh, convergence study should be performed by reducing the mesh size and see how the results change 7 hrefinement
• Alternatively, higher order elements are used to see change in results 7 prefinement
• Another possibility is rearrangement of FE mesh by shifting nodes to regions where finer mess is required (e.g. stress concentration) without increase in OOFs 7 rretlnsment ("reshaper")
Original mesh
hrefinement
prefinement
rrefinement
· At least one node is internal in
F F 
~ H the patch of elements.
· The FE solution should produce
2F f constant strai n e xx (exact) for
H the problem defined on the left.
Patchtest for constantj; and rxy \. ~J: _
F  ·
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Patch Test
• Patch test  If a group (or patch) of elements of arbitrary shape is subjected to nodal displacements associated with constant strain, the FE results must yield constant strain.
• If the patch test fails, the FE solution may not converge to the exact solution.
• Patch test is particularly useful for incompatible (or nonconforming) elements that do not fully satisfy compatibility conditions.
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Choice of Elements
10 (e.g. frame)
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20 (e.g. plate/shell) % ~I'! h « L, b bL
h l~ 3D (solid)
b
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10 Elements
• Frame element most useful elements for structural analysis, accounting for bending, shear, axial and torsional deformations.
• Some software allow nonprismatic sections
• 6 OOFs per node ("member end release" possible),
e.g. setting an end moment to zero. "
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IV.
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• Truss and spring element  axial deformation only.
• Truss element can be obtained from frame element by end moment release.
r:. ~ Gap element  compression only .".,y Hook element  tension only
• Gap & hook elements are nonlinear.
z
2node frame y element
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Modelling of Frame Structures
• Choice of 10, 20, 3D elements depends on physical behaviour & computational resources.
• For buildings, many components (beams & columns) are best modelled by frame elements.
• Even shear walls with openings can often be modelled effectively by frame elements with rigid ends.
• Sufficient to use up to quadratic order's in most problems; higherorder elements do not necessarily work better.
• Incompatible elements could be better than compatible elements in some problems, e.g. to mitigate shearlocking as encountered in 4node quadrilateral (20) & 8node hexahedral (3~) elements.
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Joint Modelling (1)
• For RC members, joints are relatively rigid as compared to members (beams & columns).
• Model: frame element with rigid ends
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, " '  endS~
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Joint Modelling (2)
Rigid zone factor:
13= 0 for no rigid zone (span from centre line to centre line)
13= 1 for full rigid zone (rigid for full width of intersecting member)
Shear
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Deformed shape
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RiZ ""
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Constitutive equations are established for the deformable part, & transformed to the two ends (nodes) via equilibrium equations at the respective rigid zones.
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Joint Modelling (3)
For steel members, beamcolumn joints can have significant shear deformation.
Beam
Shear modulus= G Thicknesa= t
,. b .,
0
c:::::::> I
I
1  • Shear deformation of joint is accounted by modelling the joint as elastic panel with constant shear: kshear = G hbt
• Similarly, flexural deformation of joint can be accounted for but this is usually small.
• Need to account for doubler plates if any.
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BeamSlab Compatibility
• By default, the centre lines of beam and slab coincide. \~
• If one wishes to capture the interaction of beam and slab more accurately in the analysis, one way is to impose displacement. compatibility by "rigid constraint" option (provided in some software).
• As such, there is no issue of effective width of T or tbeam.
• This way also allows nonprismatic beam where neutral axis is not on a straight line. .
• Nevertheless, design should be consistent with the analysis, e.g .: axial force in beam would be significant and should be accounted for. •
Rigid constraint on nodes I and J
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Rigid Diaphragm (1)
• Inplane deformations in floors are usually negligible.
• Floor can be assumed to translate horizontally & rotate about a vertical axis as a rigid body.
• Kinematic condensation by "masterslave node concept": 3 master DOFs inplane per floor.
• Outofplane deformations are not affected.
• Advantage: Reduce DOFs significantly & save computational time.
• Disadvantage: Axial forces in horizontal members & diaphragm shear stress cannot be computed. If these are important, use flexible (semirigid) diaphragm.
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Rigid Diaphragm (2)
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I" / '\ / 1" / • Truss action will not be modelled if horizontal chord members are part of rigid floor diaphragms.
• Use flexible floor diaphragm. ~

• Alternatively, these members have to be disconnected from the rigid floor diaphragms  to allow elongation or shortening of the horizontal chord members.
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Rigid Diaphragm (3)
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x & yare coordinates of slave node relative to master node
em
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um
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Master
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x (For dynamic analysis, if master node is at centre of mass, mass matrix will be diagonal.)
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Example
• 20storey frame building
• No. of joints = 480
• Total OOFs= 480x6 = 2880
• Reduced to
20x3 + 480x3= 1500 OOFs
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3 master OOFs 3 outofplane OOFs
per floor per beamcolumn node
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Static Condensation
• Eliminates those OOFs that are not associated with applied forces.
• E.g. if lateral forces are applied at master nodes only, OOFs can be reduced to only 3 per floor
• For the 20storey building example =? 60 OOFs.
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20 Elements (1)
• Plane elements  plane stress, plane strain & axisymmetric elements for the respective cases (2 displacement OOFs per node).
• Plate elements  bending action only (1 displacement + 2 rotation OOFs per node).
e Membrane elements  membrane action only (2 displacements + possibly 1 "drilling" OOF per node).
• Shell elements = Plate + Membrane (5 or 6 OOFs
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20 Elements (2)
• Plane stress, plane strain & axisymmetric elements are also 20 elements.
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Plane stress problem: zdimension is very small compared to x & y dimensions
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Plane strain problem: zdimension is very large compared to x & y dimensions
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~ Plane Stress  structure in zdirection is short compared to x and ydimensions, e.g. walls & plates with inplane action only.
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Plane Strain Element
~ Plane Strain  structure in zdirection is assumed to be infinite, e.g. tunnels, dams, contiguous piles, long retaining wall, etc.
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z
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structure is symmetric about an axis (z), e.g. pipes, pressure vessels, storage tanks, etc.
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3D Elements
• Solid (or brick) elements
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• Potential problems: Computationally intensive, high distortion, shear locking, ill conditioning
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Modelling of Floor Systems
• There are various ways to model floor.
• One approach is to extend beam theory (10) to plate
bending theory (2D). i
• Plate bending accounts for outofplane deformation but not inplane deformation. '
• On the other hand, membrane accounts for inrlane deformation but not outofplane deformation
• Shell = Plate Bending + Membrane J
• Shear deformation should be accounted for thick shell or thick plate.
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Plate Bending Element (1)
• Begin with 8node element with 16 rotational OOFs.
• At midside transform rotation vectors to normal & tangential, and ignore tangential component
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Plate Bending Element (2)
• Add vertical displacements at 4 corners. .
• Use static condensation to eliminate midside rotations (assuming no moment applied there). ~
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Membrane Element
• The approach is similar to the plate bending element, except rotations are swapped with displacements.
7 4node membrane element with 12 OOFs (drilling OOF would enable compatibility with frame elements).
• This element has a zeroenergy mode (other than rigid body modes) & has to be eliminated by computing & adding the corresponding stiffness term.
• In the same way, triangular (3node) membrane element can be derived, but its performance is usually poor (too stiff).
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"Drilling" DOF
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"Membrane Slab"
• In ETABS, slab with membrane properties can be used to distribute floor load on floor to beams & columns.
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Point load
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Shell Element (1)
• Classical thin shell theory leads to high order differential equations which are difficult to solve in general.
• Many shell elements have been developed, but none can claim to be best for all problems.
• One popular element is the degenerated solid elements (start from 3D mechanics).
• Alternative: Use plate bending element (which is extended from 1 D beam theory) and add membrane element
~ Flat shell element (4node, 24DOF)
• This approach gives more direct physical interpretation of bending moments.
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Shell Element (2)
• In local coordinate system, obtain element stiffness matrices for plate bending & bending.
• Assemble to form 24x24 stiffness matrix & transform to global coordinate system.
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Shell Element (3)
• Flat 4node shell elements can be used to model most shell structures if all four nodes can be placed at the midsurface of the shell.
• This may not be possible, e.g. for shells with double curvatures. Modification will be required to account for offset.
• But this is not a problem for floor slabs in buildings.
Flat shell element~
Offset
Midsurface of curved shell
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• For very thick shell, it may be necessary to use solid
elements (e.q, deep foundation).
• There is no need to define reference surface,
• More than one layer of solid elements is usually required.
• 4node tetrahedral elements give constrain strain & do not perform well particularly for capturing stress gradients
• Computational cost increases considerably by using solid elements.
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Modelling of Wall Systems (1)
• Plane stress elements can be used to model walls, But this does not account for outofplane bending,
• Shell elements are preferred, which also allow beam
wall interaction through rotational DOFs (compatibility).
uracy, it is
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• In addition, the use of many elements for each panel does not produce information that is directly useable by structural engineers,
• Users prefer to use one element per panel ~ coarse mesh.
• But not all shell elements perform well in coarse mesh.
• Correction is needed if a one element per panel is to be used to model walls with reasonable accuracy.
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Shear Wall Behaviour
• Shear walls are often used to describe RC walls that
are designed to help the building resist lateral loads.
• The name is actually misleading,
• Under normal circumstances:
~ Shear walls deform in bending mode primarily ~ Shear deformations are rarely significant
~ QnlY. very low shear walls (hlw ratio <1) fail in shear~ ~ They are designed to resistthecClmbined effect of
axial, bending and shear
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• Classical 4node plane stress element  using single element to model shear wall can lead to significant error, particularly for tall walls ( overstiff).
• Correction is needed. In ETABS, each panel element is automatically divided into 2 subelements. A force method is used to compute panel forces, and internal forces are in exact equilibrium with applied
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Frame deforms like cantilever shear beam
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Small openings  Medium openings  Big openings 
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BeamColumn System
• When a shear wall has many large holes, the actual behaviour is closer to frame system comprising equivalent beams and columns with rigid zone. Plus, results can be used directly for RC design.
• It may not be worthwhile to use 2D elements of fine mesh.
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• "Piers & Spandrels" approach produce integrated moments & shear across sections of walls for design purpose.
• Interaction is done by summing nodal forces (obtained from the product of element stiffness matrix & nodal displacements) instead of integrating stress of finite elements.
• Pier is an assemblage of vertical elements.
• Spandrel is an assemblage of horizontal elements.
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Dynamic Analysis (Intro.)
Eqns. of motion: M (j + C U + K u
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• Stiffness matrix: Same as static problem
• Mass matrix: Consistent mass or lumped mass matrix
• Damping matrix: Difficult to establish analytically.
Assume proportional (classical) damping matrix, e.g. Rayleigh damping:
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ratios of any two modes
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Dynamic Analysis  General
Direct Analysis (Full Analysis)
.. Solve the matrix equations of motion for the full system directly in time domain, usually by numerical integration methods.
• Commonly adopted: Newmark and Wilson methods, more recently HuberHughesTaylor method.
• Computationally expensive for large systems.
• Applicable to nonlinear systems (e.g. large displacement, nonlinear material, and nonclassical damping)
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Dynamic Analysis  Linear Systems
Mode Superposition Method (Modal Analysis) ~ Applicable to linear systems only
~ Formulation in time domain
~ Involve the use of eigen vectors or loaddependent Ritz vectors
).0 Usually low modes are sufficient
) Advantage: allow exclusion of high modes and thus computationally efficient
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Solving Modal Equations
Each modal equation can be solved by:
(a) Response history analysis in time domain (e.g. by timestepping method)
(b) Response spectrum analysis (suitable for estimating peak response, widely used for seismic design)
(c) Frequency domain analysis (with the help of Fast Fourier Transform)
For (b), some combination rule is required to estimate the peak response for several rules. Square Root of Sum of Squares (SRSS) and Complete Quadratic Combination (CQC) are popular.
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Response Spectrum Analysis (SDOF System)
• Very useful for earthquake analysis but not well understood by many engineers.
• This method aims to obtain peak (max.) response
for a prescribed earthquake time history. m
• Equation of motion in terms of relative displacement:
mii cu v ku = mii; • Elastic force (base shear) is
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Acknowledgement
The following references have been useful in the preparation of this short course:
"Static & Dynamic Analysis of Structures", EL Wilson, 2004, Computers and Structures Inc., USA
Manuals and User's Guide for ETABS (Version 9),2005, Computers and Structures lnc., USA
Reference materials on CSI website: http://csiberkeley.com/supporttechnicalpapers.html
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• Pier labels
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