A coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical finite element formulation for curved beams in two-dimensions

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Title: A coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical finite element formulation for curved beams in two-dimensions
Authors: Cui, W
Potts, DM
Zdravkovic, L
Gawecka, K
Taborda, DMG
Tsiampousi, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: To enable the use of beam elements in the modelling of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) geotechnical problems, a fully coupled and robust THM formulation is required. This paper presents such a formulation which allows both fluid flow and heat transfer along a 2D curved beam, while ensuring compatibility with coupled THM solid elements commonly used to discretise soils. Verification exercises and application with the proposed coupled beam element are carried out to demonstrate its satisfactory behaviour. The results of these analyses are compared against closed form solutions, solutions obtained using solid elements, and field measurements, showing an excellent agreement.
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2018
Date of Acceptance: 4-Jul-2018
ISSN: 0266-352X
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 103
End Page: 114
Journal / Book Title: Computers and Geotechnics
Volume: 103
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Sponsor/Funder: Geotechnical Consulting Group
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Funder's Grant Number: CISM_P60087
Keywords: 0905 Civil Engineering
0914 Resources Engineering And Extractive Metallurgy
0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering
Geological & Geomatics Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-07-21
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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