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Title: Application of finite element method in determining stability of crater slopes : preliminary report
Authors: U.S. Army Engineer Nuclear Cratering Group.
Banks, D. C. (Don Charles)
Palmerton, John B.
Keywords: Crater slopes
Finite element method
Numerical models
Mathematical models
Slope stability
Soil mechanics
Blast effects
Publisher: U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: A finite element computer program for determining the stress distribution in an elastic material was applied to (A.) the Boussinesq line force problem, and (B.) a typical nuclear crater. These analyses were performed to explore the potential usefulness of the finite element method for studying the stability of slopes excavated by nuclear explosions. Included also is a brief description of the theory of the finite element.method. The limitations of the codes now available to the Waterways Experiment Station are discussed, and suggestions are made for improving them to meet specific requirements for analyzing crater slope stability.
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