PLAXIS 3D Dynamics

Reliable and comprehensive dynamic loading modelling in 3D

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3D Dynamics is an add-on module to PLAXIS 3D. Soil and structures are often not only subjected to static loads due to construction in and on the ground surface but also to dynamic loads. When loads are powerful, like for example earthquakes, they may cause severe damages. Vibrations may occur either man-made or natural. In urban areas, vibrations can be generated due to pile driving, vehicle movement, heavy machinery or train travel. The source of natural vibrations in the subsoil is earthquakes. With the Dynamics module PLAXIS can analyse the effects of vibrations in the soil.


When pseudo-static analysis is not enough

Low frequency vibrations can normally be calculated with a pseudo-static analysis, by default available in PLAXIS, however for more advanced seismic analysis the Dynamics module is required.

Advanced analysis made easy

The effects of vibrations have to be calculated with a dynamics analysis when the frequency of the dynamic load is in the order or higher than the natural frequency of the medium. PLAXIS helps users to perform dynamic analyses in a user friendly, efficient and accurate way.


Key Benefits

Apply simple and advanced constitutive models

All material models contain extra parameters, which take into account damping due to material and/or geometry. Models especially useful in dynamic analysis are for example the UBC Sand model in order to predict liquefaction. This model calculates excess pore pressure build-up during dynamic excitation. For soils other than liquefaction susceptible sand, the (Generalized) Hardening soil model with small strain stiffness generally offers a good choice.

Dynamic loading with earthquake data

In modelling the dynamic response of a soil structure the inertia of the subsoil and the time dependency of the load are considered. The time dependent behaviour of the load can be assigned through harmonic, linear or table multipliers. Via table input users can import real earthquakes signals, in order to perform meaningful seismic design, of for example jetties or foundations. Dynamic multipliers can be assigned independently in the x-, y- an z-directions

Advanced model boundary conditions

Dynamic analysis in some cases also requires some special boundary conditions. By default viscous boundaries are available. In order to reduce spurious reflections of waves reaching the model boundaries, free-field and compliant base boundaries can be selected.

 


Features

  • Free Field & Compliant Base Boundaries (VIP)
  • Dynamic loading in x-, y- and z-directions with real earthquake data
  • Advanced earthquake engineering in full 3D

Modelling

  • Advanced earthquake engineering in full 3D
  • Dynamic loading in x-, y- and z-directions with real earthquake data
  • All-Nodes Fixity in separate x, y and z directions
  • Intersect, combine and shape designer tools for complex shapes
  • Independent dynamic components for bending moments in point loads
  • Independent application of displacements (velocity, acceleration) for x, y and z components
  • Different dynamic loading types: harmonic, table, SMC structured data
  • Consistent mass matrix and mass matrix parameter for improved dynamic calculation results
  • Absorbent (viscous) boundaries to absorb waves at the model boundaries

Applications

  • Structural response under earthquake loading
  • Single source vibrations
  • Racking of tunnel lining
  • Machine and traffic vibrations
  • Impact loading
  • Evaluation of natural frequencies and resonance
  • Embankment stability under dynamic loading
  • Earthquake simulation
  • Dynamic soil-structure interaction

Calculations

  • More control on timestepping for Dynamics calculations
  • Selection of Newmark time integration scheme (aN and ßN)
  • Calculation type Dyamics available
  • Baseline correction for accelerogram
  • Automatic time stepping using dynamic sub-steps

Results

  • PLAXIS 3D 2016 Viewer included in the release
  • Output command line and Remote Scripting (VIP): viewing plots and saving
  • Automatic centerline extraction for volume piles (VIP)
  • Velocities and acceleration in addition to displacements
  • Time-displacement, Time-velocity, Time-acceleration curves
  • PSA and Amplification possibilities for Output curves
  • Preview of results during calculation
  • Post-liquefaction analysis with full access to staged construction mode
  • Liquefaction analysis

Pricing

  • PLAXIS VIP is an additional subscription system on top of the traditional licenses. With PLAXIS VIP you benefit from the latest releases of your PLAXIS software, special extensions and support from Plaxis technical experts.

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    Flexible

    Network license. The number of licences is the number of users who can use PLAXIS at the same time.

    VIP €
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    Standalone

    This license can be installed and used on one computer.


    VIP €
  • PLAXIS VIP is an additional subscription system on top of the traditional licenses. With PLAXIS VIP you benefit from the latest releases of your PLAXIS software, special extensions and support from Plaxis technical experts.

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    Subscription

    Network or local. Subscribers have access to the software for the duration of the subscription period.

    Annual fee
    VIP €
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