SSI Simple Model Problem
SSI Simple Model Problem
Hi;
I am trying to create a very simple SSI model for my PhD thesis. I have read many papers and watched videos of STKO and created a model. But after 2 days of hard work I couldn't manage to get acceptable results. Displacements and other values are just astronomical.
Model file is attached. I appreciate any kind of help.
I am trying to create a very simple SSI model for my PhD thesis. I have read many papers and watched videos of STKO and created a model. But after 2 days of hard work I couldn't manage to get acceptable results. Displacements and other values are just astronomical.
Model file is attached. I appreciate any kind of help.
 Attachments

 c03elasticquad.zip
 (136.96 KiB) Downloaded 197 times
Last edited by vokumus on Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:08 am, edited 1 time in total.
Vefa OKUMUS
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
Hi,
Extreamely large displacements are due to the fact that you swapped the values for gamma and beta in the newmark method.
Another problem: the alpha parameter in the LK boundaries should be 1 for linear damping. With alpha = 0, the stress given by those dashpots will always be = 1.
Other than this, we didn't check that all other parameters are correct or consistent with the unit system you are using.
Let us know if this solves your problems
Extreamely large displacements are due to the fact that you swapped the values for gamma and beta in the newmark method.
Another problem: the alpha parameter in the LK boundaries should be 1 for linear damping. With alpha = 0, the stress given by those dashpots will always be = 1.
Other than this, we didn't check that all other parameters are correct or consistent with the unit system you are using.
Let us know if this solves your problems
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
Changing Newmark parameters with correct values solved most of my problems. Don't know it is appropriate to ask here but I have some questions that I couldn't find clear answers:
Wilson says in his "3d Analysis of Structures" book;
"To activate the soil structure interaction within a computer program, it is only
necessary to identify the foundation mass so that the loading is not applied to
that part of the structure."
Then he says:
"Most general purpose programs for earthquake analysis of structures do not have
the option of identifying the foundation mass as a separate type of mass on
which the earthquake forces do not act. Therefore, an approximation that has
commonly been used is to neglect the mass of the foundation completely in the
analysis."
Then he finds similar results with mass included and mass neglected models.
So, what is the best way to model it in OpenSees. Should I neglect soil mass in the analysis?
By the way, STKO is such a great software. Congratulations with your team's great work.
Wilson says in his "3d Analysis of Structures" book;
"To activate the soil structure interaction within a computer program, it is only
necessary to identify the foundation mass so that the loading is not applied to
that part of the structure."
Then he says:
"Most general purpose programs for earthquake analysis of structures do not have
the option of identifying the foundation mass as a separate type of mass on
which the earthquake forces do not act. Therefore, an approximation that has
commonly been used is to neglect the mass of the foundation completely in the
analysis."
Then he finds similar results with mass included and mass neglected models.
So, what is the best way to model it in OpenSees. Should I neglect soil mass in the analysis?
By the way, STKO is such a great software. Congratulations with your team's great work.
Vefa OKUMUS
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
We are glad you are enjoying STKO!
I will have a look at those sentences as soon as possible... At a first look, it's not clear to me what was the point there... I'm sure some experts in geotech and SSI will reply soon to this post.
I will have a look at those sentences as soon as possible... At a first look, it's not clear to me what was the point there... I'm sure some experts in geotech and SSI will reply soon to this post.
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
Thank you very much. I will talk with my thesis supervisor soon and share his ideas here.
Vefa OKUMUS
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
Hi
I think you should always consider the mass/density of the soil. Note I am assuming that you are modeling the soil with cube or quad elements. Currently, I cannot open your file with the STKO version I have, but I'll try to fix the problem shortly. In the meantime, I will add a couple of thoughts regarding how to model foundations in opensees. In order to model a shallow foundation, some people use (i) beam elements and springs, (ii) solid elements when using 3D models, (iii) quad elements when using 2D models, (iv) and others. For case (i) the mass is usually added manually on every node. In case (ii) or (iii) the density of the element times de gravity is defined in the element. Sometimes, this depends on the constitutive model is associated to your element to understand how the mass is applied, Hopefully, you are not double counting effects that are producing large displacements. This is a short explanation, but I would be happy to check your model (once I can) and extend these thoughts based on your model's conditions. Regards.
I think you should always consider the mass/density of the soil. Note I am assuming that you are modeling the soil with cube or quad elements. Currently, I cannot open your file with the STKO version I have, but I'll try to fix the problem shortly. In the meantime, I will add a couple of thoughts regarding how to model foundations in opensees. In order to model a shallow foundation, some people use (i) beam elements and springs, (ii) solid elements when using 3D models, (iii) quad elements when using 2D models, (iv) and others. For case (i) the mass is usually added manually on every node. In case (ii) or (iii) the density of the element times de gravity is defined in the element. Sometimes, this depends on the constitutive model is associated to your element to understand how the mass is applied, Hopefully, you are not double counting effects that are producing large displacements. This is a short explanation, but I would be happy to check your model (once I can) and extend these thoughts based on your model's conditions. Regards.

 Posts: 4
 Joined: Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:30 am
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
Hello,
The mass of the soil will affect how the wave propagate, so typically we will want to consider the mass of the soil to better capture the seismic loading. Another thing you may want to check is whether your designed fundamental frequency of the structure included the foundation or not. Sometimes when you calculate the fixed based frequency, they don't consider the foundation in the model or physical testing. On the other hand, the foundation will affect your stress distribution a lot when you do the modelling. Depending on what kind of SSI problem you are interested in, you can consider different way to approach it.
It looks like you used a very large thickness for your quad planestrain element. You may want to check it is that reasonable or not. When I run SSI in 2D, I only assign 1 to the thickness of the soil and foundation element.
The mass of the soil will affect how the wave propagate, so typically we will want to consider the mass of the soil to better capture the seismic loading. Another thing you may want to check is whether your designed fundamental frequency of the structure included the foundation or not. Sometimes when you calculate the fixed based frequency, they don't consider the foundation in the model or physical testing. On the other hand, the foundation will affect your stress distribution a lot when you do the modelling. Depending on what kind of SSI problem you are interested in, you can consider different way to approach it.
It looks like you used a very large thickness for your quad planestrain element. You may want to check it is that reasonable or not. When I run SSI in 2D, I only assign 1 to the thickness of the soil and foundation element.
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
@Jenny and @Yu thanks for your replies.
I want to investigate SSI behaviour of a highrise building with a pile raft foundation for my thesis. Models will be fully nonlinear and 3d but my supervisor suggested me to work on simple 2D and elastic models first.
There are many papers and thesis about SSI but I couldn't find a clear answer whether or not to consider soil mass. So that's why I have asked it here.
This week I'll talk with my supervisor. I'll share his thoughts and my model here soon. Thanks in advance.
I want to investigate SSI behaviour of a highrise building with a pile raft foundation for my thesis. Models will be fully nonlinear and 3d but my supervisor suggested me to work on simple 2D and elastic models first.
There are many papers and thesis about SSI but I couldn't find a clear answer whether or not to consider soil mass. So that's why I have asked it here.
At the beginning I decided to work with kN/mm units which is a bad decision. I now have changed my unit system to kN/m.It looks like you used a very large thickness for your quad planestrain element. You may want to check it is that reasonable or not.
This week I'll talk with my supervisor. I'll share his thoughts and my model here soon. Thanks in advance.
Vefa OKUMUS
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
Re: SSI Simple Model Problem
Hi again.
We have discussed the mass issue with my thesis supervisor Prof. Yasin Fahjan. He said that If I neglect soil mass, it's meaningless to do SSI analysis. For kinematic interaction soil mass have to be considered.
Best regards.
We have discussed the mass issue with my thesis supervisor Prof. Yasin Fahjan. He said that If I neglect soil mass, it's meaningless to do SSI analysis. For kinematic interaction soil mass have to be considered.
Best regards.
Vefa OKUMUS
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey
MSc. Structural Engineer
PhD candidate.
Software Developer.
Istanbul  Turkey