Chang, Huang-Tsang (1988-04). A finite element model for predicting nonlinear thermomechanical response of plate structures to rapid external heating. Doctoral Dissertation. Thesis uri icon


  • The objective of this dissertation is to develop a solution algorithm capable of predicting transient thermal/structural response of viscoplastic metallic thin plates exposed to hostile thermal loads. In the second chapter of this dissertation, the author will describe the general background of the problem being considered in this research. By assuming one-way coupled thermal/structural response, a solution approach is then outlined in the following chapter. In chapter four, a finite element formulation is utilized to construct the solution algorithm. The developed code is verified with several simple cases in chapter five. In chapter six example problems are given to demonstrate the full capabilities of the model. Finally, suggestions to improve the current model are given and conclusions are drawn from this research in chapter seven.

publication date

  • June 1988