Utilizing user elements for customized hysteretic responses of structures

Michael S. Collins, Bohumil Kasal

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The use of commercial software for the analysis of structures has generally been limited to deterministic and linear behavior. In large part, this has been due to a lack of suitable finite elements for the hysteretic components that so often govern the overall response of structural systems. Contributing factors for this simplification included limited test data on full-scale system responses and computational power. Recently, advances have been made in the description and sophistication of finite elements describing the hysteretic behavior of connections. These developments coupled with the increasing availability of test data of component and system responses and the continued advances in computational power diminishes the previous impediments for incorporation of this behavior into structural models. The process and results of incorporating a user defined element into commercially available finite element package is documented and compared with modeling approaches of varying sophistication of the hysteretic response. The application of the developed element is demonstrated on wooden structures that typically exhibit such behavior. This single-degree-of-freedom element can be used to model other hysteretic behaviors such as sorption-desorption hysteresis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 SAMPE Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2010 SAMPE Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Oct 11 2010Oct 14 2010

Publication series

NameInternational SAMPE Technical Conference


Other2010 SAMPE Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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