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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 15, Number 1, January 2003 , pages 151-157

A spatial displacement model for horizontally curved beams
Z.G. Jiang, Q.Z. Luo and J. Tang

    A new approach to the analysis of horizontally curved beams is presented in this paper. The proposed method simplifies a two-dimensional structure into a one-dimensional structure just like a normal beam for structural analysis and, therefore, reduces the computational effort significantly.
Key Words
     curved beam; finite element; force method; stiffness method.
College of Engineering, National University of Defense Science and Technology,Changsha, Hunan 410003, P.R. China
Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Foshan,18 Jiang Wan Road, Foshan City, Guangdong 528000, P.R. China
Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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