Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-309817520101001Prediction of Longitudinal Dispersion Coefficient in Natural Channels Using Soft Computing Techniques3157ENS.AdarshDepartment of Civil Engineering,Santa CruzJournal Article20101103Accurate estimate of longitudinal dispersion coefficient is essential in many hydraulic
and environmental problems such as intake designs, modeling
ow in esturies and risk assessment of
injection of hazardous pollutants into river
ows. Recent research works show that in the absence of
knowledge about explicit relationships concerning longitudinal dispersion coefficient and its in
uencing
parameters, data driven techniques can be used to predict it with reasonable degree of accuracy. In this
paper, the usefulness of Support Vector Machines (SVM) and Genetic Programming (GP) are examined
for predicting longitudinal dispersion coefficient in natural channels. The hydraulic variables such as
ow depth (H),
ow velocity (U) and shear velocity (u) along with the width of channel (B) are used
as input variables to predict longitudinal dispersion coefficient (Kx). The performance evaluation based
on multiple error criteria confirm that GP shows remarkably good performance in capturing non-linear
relationship between the predictors and predictant in the estimation of longitudinal dispersion coefficient
when compared with empirical approaches, the traditional Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and SVM.
Hence GP can be used as an eficient computational paradigm in the prediction of longitudinal dispersion
coeficient in natural channels.Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-309817520101001Computational Earthquake Engineering of Bridges3158ENHojjatAdeliDepartment of Civil Engineering,Oakland UniversityThomasLessDepartment of Civil Engineering,BeraklyJournal Article20101103A review of major research performed in the eld of earthquake engineering of bridges
during the past decade is presented with a focus on computational modeling. Topics covered include
nonlinear simulation, hazard analysis, passive, active, and hybrid control of bridges, bridge damage
studies, health monitoring of bridges, bridge management, and retrotting of bridges. Important
conclusions of interest to the bridge engineering community reported in the articles are noted.Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-309817520101001Steady-State Stresses in a Half-Space Due to Moving Wheel-Type Loads with Finite Contact Patch3159ENM.MofidDepartment of Civil Engineering,Sharif University of TechnologyA.VafaiDepartment of Civil Engineering,Sharif University of TechnologyM.DehestaniDepartment of Civil Engineering,Sharif University of TechnologyJournal Article20101103In this paper, the steady-state stresses in a homogeneous isotropic half-space under a
moving wheel-type load with constant subsonic speed, prescribed on a nite patch on the boundary, are
investigated. Navier's equations of motion in 2D case were modied via Stokes-Helmholtz resolution
to a system of partial dierential equations. A double Fourier-Laplace transformation procedure was
employed to solve the system of partial dierential equations in a new moving reference system, regarding
the boundary conditions. The eects of force transmission from the contact patch to the half-space
have been considered in the boundary conditions. Utilizing a property of Laplace transformation leads
to transformed steady-states stresses for which inverse Fourier transformation yielded the steady-state
stresses. Considering two types of uniform and parabolic force transmission mechanism and a comparison
between the pertaining results demonstrated that the parabolic load transmission induce lower stresses
than the uniform one. Results of the problem for various speeds of moving loads showed that the stresses
increase as the moving loads' speeds increase to an extremum speed known as CIS. After the CIS speed,
stresses' absolute values decrease for higher speeds. Eventually CIS values for homogeneous half-spaces
with dierent material properties were obtained.Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-309817520101001Numerical Study on Reinforcing of Thin Walled Cracked Metal Cylindrical Columns Using FRP Patch3160ENM.Z.KabirDepartment of Civil Engineering,Amirkabir University of TechnologyA. R.NazariDepartment of Civil Engineering,Amirkabir University of TechnologyJournal Article20101103In this paper a new technique was proposed for the repair of defected metal columns. The
finite element method was chosen to find out the adequacy of the proposed method, regarding, the load
carrying capacity of two types of thin walled cylindrical columns with L=D = 10 and 20 along with
circumferential and longitudinal cracks. The study considers the non linearity behavior in both material
as well as geometrical characteristics. Various configurations of the composite patches made from carbonepoxy
were assumed on the cracked region and the in
uence of a patch on the load carrying capacity of the
columns was examined. The obtained results indicate that composite material can not only compensate
the effect of damage on column buckling load, but also increase buckling strength to a level even greater
than in an intact one.Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-309817520101001Tuned Genetic Algorithms for Finding p-Medians of a Weighted Graph3161ENA.KavehDepartment of Civil Engineering,Iran University of Science and TechnologyM.ShahrouziDepartment of Engineering,Building and Housing Research CenterY.NaserifarDepartment of Engineering,Building and Housing Research CenterJournal Article20101103There are various engineering applications dealing with the prototype problem of nding the
best p-medians in a weighted graph. However, the heuristic developments are still of concern due to their
complexity. This paper utilizes genetic algorithm as a well-known reliable evolutionary search for such
a purpose. Problem formulation is studied, introducing a characteristic graph and specialized genotype
representation called Direct Index Coding". The genetic operators are also modied due to problem
requirements, and further tuned using a simulated annealing approach. Such an enhanced evolutionary
search tool is then applied to a number of examples to show its eectiveness regarding the exact results,
and to compare eciency between tuned and non-tuned GA.Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-3098175201010013D Modeling of Damage Growth and Crack Initiation Using Adaptive Finite Element Technique3162ENA.R.KhoeiDepartment of Civil Engineering,Sharif University of TechnologyH.MoslemiDepartment of Civil Engineering,Sharif University of TechnologyJournal Article20101103In this paper, the continuum damage mechanics model originally proposed by Lemaitre
(Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology. 1985; 107: 83-89) is presented through an adaptive
nite element method for three-dimensional ductile materials. The macro-crack initiation-propagation
criterion is used based on the distribution of damage variable in the continuum damage model. The microcrack
closure eect is incorporated to simulate the damage evolution more realistic. The Zienkiewicz-Zhu
posteriori error estimator is employed in conjunction with a weighted Superconvergence Patch Recovery
(SPR) technique at each patch to improve the accuracy of error estimation and data transfer process.
Finally, the robustness and accuracy of proposed computational algorithm is demonstrated by several 3D
numerical examples.Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-309817520101001Fundamental Frequency of Tapered Plates Using Modied Modes3163ENF.KhoshnoudianDepartment of Civil Engineering,Amirkabir University of TechnologyS.KazemiDepartment of Civil Engineering,Amirkabir University of TechnologyJournal Article20101103The fundamental frequency of a rectangular orthotropic plate having an arbitrary thickness
variation is computed by using the method of Modied Vibrational Mode (MVM) shapes. The change of
thickness within a plate is characterized by introducing a tapering index. It is shown that the vibrational
mode shapes of a tapered plate is in fact a linear combination of various mode shapes of intact plates.
This phenomenon is used to estimate the vibrational mode shapes of stepped plates. In turn, these mode
shapes are incorporated to evaluate their fundamental frequency. Many numerical analyses are carried
out to represent the accuracy and robustness of the proposed method by comparing the results to the works
presented by other researchers. The major advantage of the present method over the existing ones is its
simplicity for handling the problem of force vibration of tapered plates.Sharif University of TechnologyScientia Iranica1026-309817520101001Solution of Convection-Dominated Problems on Irregular Meshes by Collocated Discrete Least Squares Mesh-Less (CDLSM) Method3164ENM. H.AfsharDepartment of Civil Engineering,Iran University of Science and TechnologyG.ShobeyriDepartment of Civil Engineering,Iran University of Science and TechnologyJournal Article20101103In this paper, a study is performed on the eect of irregularity of domain discretization on
the performance of the CDLSM method for the solution of convection-dominated problems. The method is
based on minimizing a least squares functional of the residuals of the governing dierential equations and
its boundary conditions over a set of collocation points. Four convection-dominated benchmark examples
are solved using CDLSM method on three dierent sets of nodal distribution with dierent levels of
irregularity and the results are presented. These experiments show that CDLSM method is capable of
producing stable and accurate results for hyperbolic problems with shocked or high gradient solutions even
on highly irregular mesh of nodes. Mesh-less methods as alternative numerical approaches to eliminate
the well-known drawbacks of mesh-based methods have attracted much attention in the past decade due
to their
exibility and their potentiality in negating the need for the human-labor intensive process of
constructing geometric meshes in a domain. Exploiting this ability, however, requires that the method
could solve the problem under consideration on unstructured distribution of nodes. This is particularly
important when a renement strategy is to be used to improve the performances of these methods.