The scaled boundary finite-element method is derived for elastostatic problems involving an axisymmetric domain subjected to a general load, using a Fourier series to model the variation of displacement in the circumferential direction of the cylindrical co-ordinate system. The method is particularly well suited to modelling unbounded problems, and the formulation allows a power-law variation of Young's modulus with depth. The efficiency and accuracy of the method is demonstrated through a study showing the convergence of the computed solutions to analytical solutions for the vertical, horizontal, moment and torsion loading of a rigid circular footing on the surface of a homogeneous elastic half-space. Computed solutions for the vertical and moment loading of a smooth rigid circular footing on a non-homogeneous half-space are compared to analytical ones, demonstrating the method's ability to accurately model a variation of Young's modulus with depth. Copyright (C) 2003 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.
|Journal||International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|