Three-Dimension Finite Element Analysis for the Concrete Canoe
This paper focuses on the structural analysis of concrete canoes. It firstly introduces the background of the concrete canoe competition and some typical FEA methods for concrete canoes. Then the paper establishes and analyzes an FEA model with SAP2000. Considering the similarity between concrete canoes and strip foundations under column, the paper uses the foundation engineering theory of strip foundations under column to determine the support conditions, and the applied loads of concrete canoes under 2 key loading cases. The result is proved to be accurate according to the experience of Tongji University Concrete Canoe Team. Finally, a conjecture of partial plane cross-section assumption of concrete canoe is proposed according to the result of FEA.
C. Y. Lou et al., "Three-Dimension Finite Element Analysis for the Concrete Canoe", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 501-504, pp. 659-669, 2014