Integrated structural analysis tool using linear matching method part 1: Software development

James Ure, Haofeng Chen, David Tipping

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A number of direct methods based upon the Linear Matching Method (LMM) framework have been developed to address structural integrity issues for components subjected to cyclic thermal and mechanical load conditions. This paper presents a new integrated structural analysis tool using the LMM framework for the assessment of load carrying capacity, shakedown limit, ratchet limit and steady state cyclic response of structures. First, the development of the LMM for the evaluation of design limits in plasticity is introduced. Second, preliminary considerations for the development of the LMM into a tool which can be used on a regular basis by engineers are discussed. After the re-structuring of the LMM subroutines for multiple CPU solution, the LMM software tool for the assessment of design limits in plasticity is implemented by developing an Abaqus CAE plug-­in with graphical user interfaces. Further demonstration of this new LMM analysis tool including practical application and verification is presented in an accompanying paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
Early online date23 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • shakedown limit
  • linear matching method
  • load carrying capacity
  • ratchet limit
  • steady state cycle


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