Continuum mechanics models are the main tool in structural analysis. Due to
their continuity assumption, some of them do not predict accurately the behavior of
concrete structures. While these models are widely used by design engineers, many
are flawed for fundamental reasons.
The State-Based Peridynamic Lattice Model (SPLM) is presented in this thesis
as a viable alternative to continuum models. The SPLM is shown to have a simple
formulation that allows the engineer to fully understand the underlying theory. The
elastic, plastic and damage SPLM models are presented. Moreover, SPLM is shown
to be capable of modelling essential mechanisms in concrete structures.
SPLM is run on massive parallel computers, since it requires large computational
power. In this thesis, a new parallel implementation is presented, and a study
of the performance of the original and the new system is presented.
Structural Engineering, Peridynamics, Computational Mechanics, High Performance Computing, Concrete analysis
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Dr. Walter Gerstle
Second Committee Member
Dr. Mahmoud Reda taha
Third Committee Member
Dr. Susan Atlas
Fourth Committee Member
Dr. Patrick Bridges
Mena Ortiz, Jose A.. "High Performance Computing Applied to Structural Analysis of Concrete Structures." (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ce_etds/145