Pseudorigidity method (PRM) for solving the problem of limit equilibrium of rigid-plastic constructions
One of the basic types of strength calculations is the calculation of limit equilibrium of constructions. This report describes new method for solving the problem of limit equilibrium. The rigid-plastic system in this method is substituted with an «equivalent» elastic system with specially constructed rigidities. This is why it is called the method of pseudorigidities. An iteration algorithm was developed for finding pseudorigidities. This algorithm is realized in a special software procedure. Conjunction of this procedure with any elastic calculation program (base program) creates a program solving rigid-plastic problems. It is proved, that iterations will be converge to the solution for the problem of limit equilibrium. The solution of tests show, that pseudorigidity method is universal. It allows the following: - to solve problems of limit equilibrium for various models (arch, beam, frame, plate, beam-wall, shell, solid); - to take into account both linearized and square-law fluidity conditions; - to solve problems for various kinds of loads (concentrated, distributed, given by a generalized vector); - to take into account the existing various of fluidity criteria in different sections etc. The iterative PRM process quickly converges. The accuracy of PRM is very high even in case of rough finite-element structuring. The author has used this method for design protection systems from extreme loads due to equipment of nuclear power stations, pipelines, cargo in any transportation.
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