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Nonlinear Vibrations Of Piles In Viscoelastic Foundations

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ERES110131

Volume

120

Pages

12

Page Range

151 - 162

Published

2011

Size

442 kb

Author(s)

E. J. Sapountzakis & A. E. Kampitsis

Abstract

In this paper, a boundary element method is developed for the nonlinear dynamic analysis of piles of arbitrary doubly symmetric simply or multiply connected constant cross section, partially embedded in viscoelastic foundations, undergoing moderate large deflections under general boundary conditions, taking into account the effects of shear deformation and rotary inertia. The pile is subjected to the combined action of arbitrarily distributed or concentrated transverse loading and bending moments in both directions as well as to axial loading. To account for shear deformations, the concept of shear deformation coefficients is used. Five boundary value problems are formulated with respect to the transverse displacements, to the axial displacement and to two stress functions and solved using the Analog Equation Method, a BEM based method. Application of the boundary element technique yields a nonlinear coupled system of equations of motion. The solution of this system is accomplished iteratively by employing the average acceleration method in combination with the modified Newton Raphson method. The evaluation of the shear deformation coefficients is accomplished from the aforementioned stress functions using only boundary integration. The proposed model takes into account the coupling effects of bending and shear deformations along the member as well as the shear forces along the span induced by the applied axial loading. Numerical examples are worked out to illustrate the efficiency, wherever possible the accuracy and the range of applications of the developed method. Keywords: piles, nonlinear vibrations, large deflections, Timoshenko beam, shear deformation coefficients, boundary element method, viscoelastic foundation.

Keywords

piles, nonlinear vibrations, large deflections, Timoshenko beam, shear deformation coefficients, boundary element method, viscoelastic foundation