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The low stress design of welded plates using the self-designing structures approach

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Bull, Dr Chris Woodford, William Christie


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For cover plates welded to base plates, we show that by linking together finite element adaptive techniques, error estimators and stress trajectories, together with our self-designing structures software, we can design a weldment to obtain the minimum stresses in the base plate, the cover plate and the weld. In this way, a specified fatigue life can be obtained. We believe that such a method will produce more efficient design solutions than those derived by traditional approaches. (C) 2000 Civil-Comp Ltd. and Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Bull JW, Woodford CH, Christie WC, Neau E, James MN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Computers & Structures

Year: 2000

Volume: 78

Issue: 1-3

Pages: 487-496

ISSN (print): 0045-7949

ISSN (electronic): 1879-2243

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0045-7949(00)00096-1


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