ELPLA (ELASTIC PLATE) is a program for analyzing raft foundations of arbitrary shape with the real subsoil model. The mathematical solution of the raft is based on the finite element method. The program can analyze different types of subsoil models, especially the three-dimensional. A good advantage of this program is the ability to handle the three analyses of flexible, elastic and rigid foundations. In addition, the mesh of the rigid and flexible foundations can be constructed to be analogous to the finite elements. Therefore, the three analyses can be easily and correctly. ELPLA can also be used to represent the effect of external loads, neighbouring foundations, tunnelling and the influence of the temperature difference on the raft.
The program ELPLA is a part of the program group GEOTEC. The original program ELPLA 4.0 was developed firstly under the operating system MS-DOS and then it was revised for the operating system MS Windows 95 in order to use the possibilities of the user interface offered in it. The program runs also under Windows XP/ Vista / 7.
ELPLA has a significant enhancement. The new features and enhancements are the result of feedbacks from users over the last years. The major enhancement in Version 9.2 is the ability to carry out a consolidation analysis beside elastic settlement analysis using the different calculation methods that are available in ELPLA. ELPLA also uses different types of finite elements, allowing the user to analyze any irregular shape of slabs with arc boundaries. Many improvements have been carried out in the generation of the flexibility matrix to allow the user solving large size problems faster.
The most important enhancements in ELPLA are explained in the next paragraphs.
GEOTEC ELPLA Professional v9.2 SP1
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