Shipping Containers for Sustainable Housing Development
Keywords:Shipping container structures
Finite element simulations
Mises Stress Contours
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Series/Report no.:2016 Fall Undergraduate Research Student Poster Forum. 10th
Due to global warming and rapid growth of population, there is a high demand for buildings and houses that have reliable quality and sustainable features, such as waste material reuse and low emissions.Intermodal Freight Shipping Container (ISO container) is one of the ideal green construction materials having many advantages and applications. Recyclability, ease of manufacture and assembling, and various constructional forms allow ISO containers possibly the next house-building trend and revolution in civil engineering structure and construction. However, unfortunately, there is few studies and application on shipping containers cooperating with permanent structures as building components. In this study, the objectives were to model and conduct the theoretical analysis and the finite element simulation to show stress and deflection distribution on ISO containers under different loading scenarios, in order to carry out a participatory construction guide for shipping container building components. To better understand load distributions, yielding components and strength contribution and non-contribution areas on shipping container structures with artificial cutting doors and windows, I used both real-life examples and finite element simulation models to proceed loading case analysis. Through the process of analysis, ABAQUS was mainly used to conduct linear and nonlinear finite element analysis using small mesh units to show differences and results of the molded and unmolded shipping container structures. The study is still in progress. After the first stage---loading analysis, the Mises Stress Contours were generated to show stress distribution and simulated the deflecting shape of the shipping containers under different loading cases. Next, I will focus on the analysis of energy performance. The study analyzing different loading scenarios is to stimulate real situation structural loading scenarios from the building components that may apply on some parts of the shipping containers. The study will also help understand most of the structural features and some noticeably reinforced areas of the shipping containers if applied to building construction.
Engineering and Architecture
Academic Major: Civil Engineering
Undergraduate Engineering Office - Honors Research Distinction Program
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