A Marathon, Not a Sprint

When tasked with developing an OpenSees model for simulating the nonlinear dynamic response of, let's say, a multi-story reinforced concrete frame, you may be tempted to go straight to force-based frame elements with fiber sections comprised of Concrete23 and Steel08 material models. This sprint to the finish line will undoubtedly lead to an analysis that … Continue reading A Marathon, Not a Sprint

Start with the Correct Static Resisting Force

Thanks to my involvement with OpenSees, I have been asked to review several manuscripts on nonlinear dynamic structural analysis. It's always wonderful to see what other researchers are up to and how they use OpenSees or other software to achieve their research objectives. A brief overview of the governing dynamic equilibrium equation, i.e., the equation … Continue reading Start with the Correct Static Resisting Force