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Plastic Canopy--a Computer Program for the Structural Analysis of Protective Canopies.

Winters KD; Gavan GR; Ault JC
NTIS: PB 80-122724 :199 pages
This Bureau of Mines report presents a Fortran IV computer program for the structural analysis of (1) protective canopies used in underground mines to protect equipment operators from roof falls and (2) rollover protective structures (rops) used in surface mines to protect equipment operators during vehicle overturn accidents. The program, entitled plastic canopy, permits rapid and inexpensive calculation of the ultimate strength and deformation characteristics of a canopy for a variety of static loading conditions. The structure is modeled as a series of interconnected beam and/or plate elements. Stresses in, and displacements of, each structural element are computed and printed out at the yield strength of the canopy, at several intermediate load levels between the yield and ultimate strength of the canopy, and at the ultimate strength of the canopy. Other features of the program include prediction of buckling of a beam member under combined axial compression loading and bending, plotting of the input geometry of the structure, and plotting of the deformed shape of the loaded structure. Program description, input instructions, program listing, and four example problems are included. The work upon which this report is based was done under contract between the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and Woodward Associates, Inc.
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NTIS: PB 80-122724
Page last reviewed: October 29, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division