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Nonlinear Analysis of RC Box Culverts Resting on a Linear Elastic Soil

Daniele Baraldi1, Fabio Minghini2, Enrico Tezzon2 and Nerio Tullini2
  • 1 University IUAV of Venice, Italy
  • 2 University of Ferrara, Italy
International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research
Volume 2 No. 1, 2018, 30-45

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/sgamrsp.2018.30.45

Submitted On: 11 January 2018 Published On: 8 February 2018

How to Cite: Baraldi, D., Minghini, F., Tezzon, E. & Tullini, N. (2018). Nonlinear Analysis of RC Box Culverts Resting on a Linear Elastic Soil. International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research, 2(1), 30-45. https://doi.org/10.3844/sgamrsp.2018.30.45

Abstract

In the analyses presented, the soil-structure interaction is accounted for by means of a FE-BIE approach, in which the structure is modelled with displacement-based beam finite elements, whereas the boundary between structure and substrate is described in terms of surface tractions by means of a boundary integral equation incorporating a suitable Green's function. This mixed formulation ensures full continuity between structure and substrate in terms of displacements and rotations. To take account of structural nonlinearities, potential plastic hinges are defined at the end sections of the beam elements in the form of semi-rigid connections characterized by a rigid-plastic moment-rotation relationship. The incremental analyses carried out emphasize the effectiveness of the model in reproducing collapse mechanisms and stiffness loss of the structure for increasing loads. Moreover, the adopted formulation is able to capture both interfacial shear tractions and vertical normal tractions which develop along the substrate boundary under a variety of loading conditions.

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Keywords

  • RC Tunnel
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Plastic Hinge
  • Elastoplastic Analysis
  • Mixed Finite Elements