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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1970

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Transient Response Of Linear Elastic Structures Determined By The Matrix Exponential Method, William Christopher Terrill Stoddart Dec 1970

Transient Response Of Linear Elastic Structures Determined By The Matrix Exponential Method, William Christopher Terrill Stoddart

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This investigation was undertaken to develop a numerical solution for the transient response of linear, elastic structures based on the matrix exponential solution for first order, linear, constant coefficient differential equations. The investigation was prompted by the need for an economical technique that can be used to analyze multidegree of freedom systems exemplified by piping and structural components associated with nuclear power plants.

A mathematical model characterizing the behavior of linear, elastic structures was developed by using state variables of displacement and velocity. The structure consists of beam elements of uniformly distributed mass, weightless springs, and rigid masses. The stiffness ...