Modeling of flying buttresses with rigid blocks

Software:
3DEC 5.20
Example Write-Up:
Runs in Demo: 
No
Project Files: 
Level: 
BEG
Details and Description: 

The effectiveness of flying buttresses in a supporting a thin-walled arch is investigated with a 3DEC model.  The structure is simulated as a collection of rigid blocks and the deformation under gravity loading is observed.  The model is run with and without buttresses to examine their effect. 

Keywords: 
  • rigid blocks
  • masonry structure
Materials: 
  • Other