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Archive for September, 2008

New volcano simulation

Posted by Jeff on September 22, 2008

My advisor feels strongly that all scientific publications should be peer-reviewed, so in light of Kevin’s valuable insight into my post about the finite element analysis of a point load on an elastic plate, I refined my model and re-ran the simulation. The result is clearly more realistic and can easily be verified by means of a field trip to Hawaii, or by a viewing the award-winning, critically-acclaimed documentary, Joe Versus the Volcano.

New volcano simulation

New volcano simulation

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Dumb signs

Posted by Jeff on September 18, 2008

Really? As opposed to prepaying after?

Really? As opposed to prepaying after?

You know you haven't read the directions when...

You know you haven't read the directions when...

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Starting FEA work – flexural plate with a point load

Posted by Jeff on September 5, 2008

Deformation of a buoyant plate with a point load

Deformation of a buoyant plate with a point load

I’m starting to make some headway with the Finite Element Analysis software that we use here (MSC Marc). The image above is the result of a simple model that simulates a large load on a floating edge of a deformable plate. In a geologic sense, this is supposed to represent a volcano sitting on the edge of a crustal plate, which causes the one edge to sink into the buoyant mantle that normally supports it.

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