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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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