Investigation of Numerical Procedures for Collapse Simulation
Hernandez Pineros, Laura Liliana
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Extreme events such as earthquakes often result in failures of engineering structures. Understanding these failure processes is important in many applications -- (1) design of disaster-resistant structures, (2) forensic examination of structural failures, (3) assessment of reserve capacities in post-disaster decision support etc. Mathematical models of these processes are characterized by nonsmooth dynamics and are prone to chaotic behavior. Therefore, structural failure is difficult to predict in a quantitative manner. In this thesis, the effect of computational procedures on collapse determination is explored.