Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Candia G., de la Llera J.C. and Almazan J.L. (2010)

A physical model for dynamic analysis of wine barrel stacks

Revista : Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics
Volumen : 39
Número : 10
Páginas : 1063-1081
Tipo de publicación : ISI


This paper deals with the earthquake response of wine barrel stacks using a physical model of rigid-body components with discrete flexible and damped contact elements. An analytical 3D formulation of the complex dynamic behavior of different barrel stack configurations is presented. Such behavior includes the real geometry of the bodies, large displacements and rotations, the use of non-linear contact elements to account for impact and sliding between bodies, and the resulting local energy dissipation at contact. The parameters defining the physical and mathematical model were calibrated experimentally, and the dynamic behavior of a benchmark barrel stack configuration was compared with the experimental results obtained from the literature. It was found that the model is able to predict the exact mode of collapse and the overall behavior of the system.