Journals / CMC / Vol.20, No.3
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    A Case Study on Mud-Weight Design with Finite-Element Method for Subsalt Wells

    X.P. Shen, A. Diaz1, T. Sheehy2
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.20, No.3, pp. 205-224, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.020.205
    Abstract This paper presents a case study for the design of a mud-weight window (MWW) with three-dimensional (3-D), finite-element (FE) tools for subsalt wells. The trajectory of the target well penetrates a 7 km thick salt body. A numerical scheme has been proposed for calculating the shear failure gradient (SFG) and fracture gradient (FG) with 3-D FE software. User subroutines have been developed to address non-uniform pore-pressure distribution. A series of FE calculations were performed to obtain the MWW of the target wellbore, which consists of the SFG and FG for the subsalt sections. Although no reverse faulting structure exists in… More >


    Numerical Simulation of Fluid-Structure Interaction of LNG Prestressed Storage Tank under Seismic Influence

    X. H. Du1, X. P. Shen1
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.20, No.3, pp. 225-242, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.020.225
    Abstract Aim of this paper is to estimate the integrity of liquefied natural gas (LNG) prestressed storage tank under seismic influence. The coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian (CEL) analysis technique is used to simulate the fluid-structure interaction between LNG and the cylinder of LNG prestressed storage tank. The 3-D model of LNG has been dispersed by Eulerian mesh that is different from traditional analysis method which is called the added mass method. Meanwhile, both of the 3-D models of prestressed rebar and concrete structure are dispersed by Lagrangian mesh. Following conclusions are obtained: 1) Natural frequency of the whole model has been obtained by… More >


    Fire Safety Analysis of Plastic Steel Frames

    Rong-gang Zhang1,2, Hong-tao Zhang3 , Yu-xing Bai3, Jian-ling Gao3, Lai-yong Zhang2 , Bing-ye Xu1
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.20, No.3, pp. 243-250, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.020.243
    Abstract Based on the upper bound theorem, the fire resistance is studied using the combination of element collapse mechanisms of steel frames, where the element collapse mechanisms are automatically determined from independent mechanisms. The fire limit load is calculated by solving a nonlinear mathematical programming. The computing procedure is programmed by FORTRAN language. Results show that this method is useful to find the collapse mechanism with the lowest fire limit load, which can provide a theoretical and practical way for the fire design of steel frame structure. More >


    A Nonlinear Optimization Algorithm for Lower Bound Limit and Shakedown Analysis

    G. Gang1, Y.H. Liu2
    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.20, No.3, pp. 251-272, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2010.020.251
    Abstract Limit and shakedown analysis theorems are the theories of classical plasticity for the direct computation of the load-carrying capacity under proportional and varying loads. Based on Melan's theorem, a solution procedure for lower bound limit and shakedown analysis of three-dimensional (3D) structures is established making use of the finite element method (FEM). The self-equilibrium stress fields are expressed by linear combination of several basic self-equilibrium stress fields with parameters to be determined. These basic self-equilibrium stress fields are elastic responses of the body to imposed permanent strains obtained through elastic-plastic incremental analysis by the three-dimensional finite element method (3D-FEM). The… More >

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