Solver and shell element performances for curved bridge analysis

TOPKAYA C., Kalayci A. S., Williamson E. B.

JOURNAL OF BRIDGE ENGINEERING, vol.13, no.4, pp.418-424, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


A study has been undertaken to investigate different solver and shell element performances for curved bridge finite-element analysis. Three sparse solvers were implemented into a bridge finite-element analysis code, and the solution times and memory requirements for typical bridges were compared. In addition, the use of four-node and nine-node shell elements in modeling was investigated for different mesh densities. Based on the comparative studies performed, modeling guidelines for practicing engineers have been developed and are presented herein.