Finite Element Modelling of the Wreck of USS Arizona

Author(s): Tim Foecke

Year: 2020


This is an abstract from the session entitled "Hard Science on Hard Steel: Scientific Studies of the USS Arizona" , at the 2020 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Finite element modeling (FEM) is a method for predicting the stresses in a body under load. We are building a model of USS Arizona to use as a conservation tool - a virtual way of predicting future degradation and trying out conservation schemes. Results will be shown of initial modeling efforts and how we intend to extend and refine the model. The methods available to build in structural changes due to corrosion and progressive collapse will be discussed, hopefully highlighting the utility of the FEM method in conservation activities of archaeologically significant structures.

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Finite Element Modelling of the Wreck of USS Arizona. Tim Foecke. 2020 ( tDAR id: 457007)


Modeling USS Arizona

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
1941 - present

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 528