Vol.8, No.3, 2008-Table of Contents
  • Identification of Materials Properties with the Help of Miniature Shear Punch Test Using Finite Element Method and Neural Networks
  • Abstract This paper describes an approach to identify the mechanical properties i.e. fracture and yield strength of steels. The study involves the FE simulation of shear punch test for various miniature specimens thickness ranging from 0.20mm to 0.80mm for four different steels using ABAQUS code. The experimental method of the miniature shear punch test is used to determine the material response under quasi-static loading. The load vs. displacement curves obtained from the FE simulation miniature disk specimens are compared with the experimental data obtained and found in good agreement. The resulting data from the load vs. displacement diagrams of different steels… More
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  • Modelling a Plunging Breaking Solitary Wave with Eddy-Viscosity Turbulent SPH Models
  • Abstract Breaking waves can run up at the shoreline, inundating coastal regions and causing large property damage and loss of life. In order to proceed to the design of sea defence structures and estimate the possible damage resulting from sea submersion due to a tsunami for instance, it is thus crucial to understand these phenomena. However, due to the mathematical difficulties caused by the complexities of the fluid motion associated with breaking wave, a fully theoretical approach is not possible. Thus most of the investigations regarding breaking waves are experimental and numerical. Some methods were recently developed to perform such simulations,… More
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  • Computer Modelling of the Energy Distribution within Wood throughout Microwave Processing
  • Abstract Microwave wood modification and treatment technologies become more and more essential within the wood industry due to their technical and economical advantages. Microwave processing of wood involves many complicated physical phenomena and requires a very careful control of variables (such as intensity of microwave power, loading period, maximum temperature, etc.) in order to reduce structural deformations of the processed wood. To optimise and minimise the project design engineers' work, modelling and simulation of the microwave energy-wood interaction represents an indispensable tool.
    This research work has been undertaken with the aim to design and optimise microwave applicators for microwave pre-drying… More
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  • Acoustoelastic Effects on Borehole Flexural Waves in Anisotropic Formations under Horizontal Terrestrial Stress Field
  • Abstract Applying the Stroh theory and based on the works of Hwu and Ting (1989), the complex function solution of stress and displacement fields around an open borehole in intrinsic anisotropic formation under horizontal terrestrial stress field is obtained. For cross-dipole flexural wave propagation along borehole axis, using the perturbation method, the acoustoelastic equation describing the relation between the alteration in phase velocity and terrestrial stress as well as formation intrinsic anisotropy is derived. At last, the numerical examples are provided for both the cases of fast and slow formation where the symmetry axis of a transversely isotropic (TI) formation makes… More
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  • Numerical Modeling of Grain Structure in Continuous Casting of Steel
  • Abstract A numerical model is developed for the simulation of solidification grain structure formation (equiaxed to columnar and columnar to equiaxed transitions) during the continuous casting process of steel billets. The cellular automata microstructure model is combined with the macroscopic heat transfer model. The cellular automata method is based on the Nastac's definition of neighborhood, Gaussian nucleation rule, and KGT growth model. The heat transfer model is solved by the meshless technique by using local collocation with radial basis functions. The microscopic model parameters have been adjusted with respect to the experimental data for steel 51CrMoV4. Simulations have been carried out… More
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