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Title: Numerical investigation of miter gates
Authors: University of Puerto Rico (Mayagüez Campus). Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying.
Navigation Systems Research Program (U.S.)
Riveros, Guillermo A.
Ayala Burgos, Jorge L.
Pérez, Jaime.
Keywords: Miter gates
Fracture mechanics
Finite elements
Finite element method
Stress intensity factor
Diagonal prestressing
Meshing techniques
Hydraulic steel structures (HSS)
Hydraulic structures
Structural analysis
Publisher: Information Technology Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/ITL TR ; 09-1.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This report presents results of a three-dimensional (3-D) finite element analysis of a generic miter gate with multiple cracks used to calculate the stress intensity using the J-integral approach. The model was also used to determine the optimum diagonals prestressing. Stress intensity factors and J-integral approach were validated numerically against closed-form solutions of semi-infinite plates with through-thickness cracks, double-edged cracks, single-edged crack, and cracks growing from round holes. Only a 2 percent difference between the closed-form solution and the numerical calculated values was obtained. Additionally, the report shows meshing techniques that facilitated the construction of the complex 3-D model. Finally, results and graphical methods of the parametric analysis to calculate the optimum diagonal prestresses are illustrated.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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