Advisor

Olsen, D. Gregory

Committee Member

Sullivan, Warsi Raini

Committee Member

Hannigan III, E. Thomas

Date of Degree

5-1-2009

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Department

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

The Forestry Department at Mississippi State University has been contracted to design and test a novel beam to be used to create crossing platforms for cranes operating in muddy, swampy areas. To date, they have performed stress analyses on 30 beams, but their physical testing method requires costly amounts of material and man hours. It is theorized that the finite element method may be used as an alternative method of analysis in order to reduce costs. The focus of this study is to create models of tested beams using the finite element solver, ANSYS, and verify the accuracy of these models using the results of the Forestry Department’s physical testing.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/15161

Comments

finite element solver||ANSYS||stress analyses||glued timber

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