1009 Advanced Non-linear Finite Element Models in Structural Engineering Computational Problems

Stefano Sorace, University of Udine
Sara Cattaneo, Polytechnic of MIlan
Gloria Terenzi, University of Florence
Growing attention is currently paid to the development of refined finite element models for applications to non-linear computational problems in the broad field of Structural Engineering.

Non-linearity concerns material and geometrical modelling, input load paths and solution methods, both in self-conceived calculus programs and in the use of prominent up-to-date commercial finite element codes.

The objective of this Minisymposium is to gather the latest research and application achievements in this field, including emerging aspects in theoretical, analytical, numerical modelling, and practical implementation studies.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the non-linear finite element analysis of:

- New structural materials and structural systems;
- Improved traditional structural materials and structural systems;
- Existing structures, also of historical, architectural and monumental value, for their static and dynamic/seismic performance assessment and retrofit ;

- Last generation of fiber reinforced plastics and glass materials for structural applications;
- Passive, semi-active and active energy dissipation technologies for the advanced seismic and wind protection of structures and relevant contents;
- Blast, impact, fire and explosion-related actions on structures, and protective materials and systems against their effects;

- On-site field and laboratory testing, aimed at their simulation and evaluation;
- Contact and coupled dynamic problems;
- Identification of load-processes and system parameters.