Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Computational limit analysis

Ultimate and permissible limit state behaviour of soil-filled masonry arch bridges

Masonry arch bridges form a vital part of the UK railway and highway infrastructures. These bridges typically contain soil backfill, which contributes significantly to their overall load-carrying capacity. This project aims to improve understanding of soil-arch interaction in masonry arch bridges under both static and cyclic loading regimes. This joint...

Yield-line analysis of slabs using discontinuity layout optimization

Yield-line pattern
One of the oldest and most fundamental problems in the field of engineering mechanics involves calculation of the amount of load that can be carried by a structure, and in identifying the associated failure mechanism (layout of failure planes, or ‘discontinuities’). Discontinuity layout optimization (DLO) is an engineering analysis procedure...
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