Progressive collapse

The system complies with current recommendations as to simulate behaviour of buildings and structures in case of emergency loads that caused local destruction of individual load-bearing elements.

Analysis on progressive collapse may be carried out by the following methods

Analysis on progressive collapse (dynamic statement)

Quasi-static method

in linear and nonlinear statements. The 'Assemblage' system is used to obtain the correct stress-strain state of structures at the time before the element fails. Then calculated reactions from the removed element are automatically applied to nodes (with the opposite sign) taking into account the specified dynamic factor.

Dynamic method

for direct integration of the equations of motion in time in linear and non-linear statements. Analysis may be carried out with account of loading / erection history. At the final stage of this history, an impulse load is automatically generated and applied to nodes within a specified period of time. This method makes it possible to consider the damping effects.

Loads and load combinations

Define nonlinear stress-strain diagrams for main material and reinforcement

For analysis on progressive collapse, loads are defined as normative long-term ones. To replace design loads with normative long-term ones, it is possible to indicate the coefficient for load at each stage of construction. So, there is no need to define the loads once again.

For dynamic statement, DCF combinations are generated automatically:

  • Option to manage the process of DCF generation for problems with time history analysis, namely, account of the coefficient of responsibility for a building / structure, generating DCF for the history previous to dynamic load (group A1) and selecting a group of forces for dynamic load (group B1 for analysis on wind pulsation, harmonic impact ; group C1 – analysis on earthquake, accelerograms; group D1 – analysis on emergency load, explosion, impact, failure of elements in analysis on progressive collapse).
  • For problems in which the step-type method is applied, it is possible to generate the DCF groups. Group may be selected for each load history (groups A1-D1 and A2-D2). The DCF used to design procedure correspond to the forces at the last step of history.


Design model with nonlinear stiffness generated according to data from design procedure

Nonlinear diagrams for behaviour of materials may be generated automatically according to analysis results of linear problem taking into account the selected type of analysis (by DCF group) and the type of [_No._] of nonlinear stress-strain diagram. For analysis on progressive collapse, it will be group D1 - a specific combination (without earthquake). To do this, the normative properties of materials, the specified additional partial safety factors and ultimate strain will be taken into account when the diagram is generated.

Replace stiffness values to data from design procedure
Define nonlinear stress-strain diagrams for main material and reinforcement

Analysis may be performed with account of physical (plasticity, creep, etc.), geometric, genetic (erection sequence) and structural nonlinearities. Different types of nonlinearity applied in analysis on progressive collapse enable you to take into account some factors of the structures’ behaviour and obtain the correct forces in its elements (especially with account of such extreme impact, when in comparison with the operation mode, behaviour of the structures changes significantly).

Define nonlinear stress-strain diagrams for steel sections

Step-type and iterative phisically nonlinear finite elements

Behaviour of iterative FE with unloading (example)

Iterative physically nonlinear FE (bar, plate and solid) with account of the unloading simulate the elastic-plastic behaviour of material and may be used for both static and dynamic analyses. It is very important to apply iterative physically nonlinear FEs in analysis on earthquake and on progressive collapse. If plastic behaviour of structures is considered, it will significantly increase the efficiency of design solutions. 2 methods of unloading are implemented: method 1 - pico-oriented hysteresis model, method 2 - model with isotropic hardening. Accounting of the plastic behaviour of materials, unloading according to the initial modulus of elasticity.

Advantages of iterative FE in physically nonlinear analyses

  • the iterative element will not take forces above the ultimate bearing capacity;
  • the iterative elements make it possible to consider the unloading path of the material according to the initial modulus of elasticity;
  • during destruction, there is no fixation of accumulated forces preceding the stage of destruction;
  • no 'delay' in problems with time history analysis, i.e. issue of matching the accumulated forces and displacements.

In the design model of the structure, the actual diagram for behaviour of material of the structures and their joints should be considered.

Nonlinear hinges in analysis on progressive collapse (input data) Nonlinear hinges in analysis on progressive collapse (output data)

FE 295, 296 (one-, two-node) enable you to simulate nonlinear hinges (FE with arbitrary piecewise linear diagram); for each direction of behaviour, its own diagram is defined. Loading and unloading paths 'Basic rules for peak-oriented hysteretic model'. These FEs may be used in analysis of bar structures on ultimate equilibrium. Analysis on ultimate equilibrium is taken to mean nonlinear analysis of structures that will enable you to simulate the behaviour of structures under various types of loads caused by an earthquake, progressive collapse, etc. Nonlinear hinges are considered as independent nonlinear joints in direction of each DOF in the section, i.e. interaction between different degrees of freedom is ignored.

Define damping coefficients

Rayleigh damping enables you to take into account that buildings and structures may dissipate energy due to material damping when a structural element is removed (analysis on progressive collapse in a dynamic nonlinear statement by direct integration of the equations of motion in time). The Rayleigh damping coefficients may be calculated automatically by specified frequencies and vibration decrement.

Scenarios for simulating the progressive collapse

Generate envelope DCF for problems with different scenarios of progressive collapse
With the METEOR system (Model Variation), it is possible to generate the envelope DCF for problems with various scenarios of progressive collapse in order to verify the accepted design solutions.

Analysis results (output data)

Output data for analysis on progressive collapse in dynamic statement

Forces computed in all elements of the model are available in output data. These forces may be used for structural analyses. For linear and nonlinear design models, it is possible to check the bearing capacity of sections, analyse reinforcement and select steel sections.

Thus, after numerical simulation it is possible to obtain a high-quality evaluation of the structure’s stability to progressive collapse, as well as to compare various collapse scenarios in order to identify the most unfavorable options (collapse).

Evaluate the software

If you have any doubt, download the Demo version and evaluate the program or contact our Support Team for more details.

Demo version or Request online presentation