A Finite Element Analysis Post-Processor to Provide Simplified Design Data for Fabricated Plate Structures 760693

This paper describes a post-processing procedure which allows finite element static stress analysis to be integrated efficiently into the early design stages of welded plate structures. Systematic application of conventional derivations is used to consider the types of loading in each plate member and in each welded joint, and also to evaluate stress reversals caused by a sequence of loading conditions. The procedure interprets the finite element output and presents pertinent information through stress vector plots and various summary reports, so that the designer may achieve an understanding of the overall load carrying behavior of the structure.


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