Title page for ETD etd-10072005-094858

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hou, Aili
URN etd-10072005-094858
Title Analysis of the deflections, vibrations, and stability of leaning arches
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Plaut, Raymond H. Committee Chair
Barker, Richard M. Committee Member
Holzer, Siegfried M. Committee Member
  • vibration
  • frequency
  • deflection
  • leaning arch
  • buckling
Date of Defense 1996-09-15
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In recent years, leaning arches have been used in frameworks for some tent structures. Various people have studied the behavior of a single vertical arch; however, only a few researchers have considered the three-dimensional behavior of arches and leaning arches. The objective of this thesis is to analyze the three-dimensional nonlinear behavior of leaning arches, particularly the load-deflection and load-frequency relationships, and to provide a basis for future design guidelines. In this study, vertical arches of different shapes and load combinations are analyzed in order to compare with previous results given by other researchers. Then, the behavior of single tilted arches with different tilt angles is considered. Finally, a leaning arch structure, with two arches inclined to each other and joined at the top, is considered. The load displacement and load-frequency relationships, as well as some buckling modes, are discussed and presented in both tabular and graphical formats.

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