Four Node Quad u-p Element

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FourNodeQuadUP is a four-node plane-strain element using bilinear isoparametric formulation. This element is implemented for simulating dynamic response of solid-fluid fully coupled material, based on Biot's theory of porous medium. Each element node has 3 degrees-of-freedom (DOF): DOF 1 and 2 for solid displacement (u) and DOF 3 for fluid pressure (p).

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OUTPUT INTERFACE: Pore pressure can be recorded at an element node using OpenSees Node Recorder:

recorder Node <-file $fileName> <-time> <-node ($nod1 $nod2 …)> -dof 3 vel

See OpenSees command manual (McKenna and Fenves 2001) for nodal displacement, velocity, or acceleration recorders.

The valid queries to a quadUP element when creating an ElementRecorder are 'force', 'stiffness', or 'material matNum matArg1 matArg2 ...', where matNum represents the material object at the corresponding integration point.

element quadUP $eleTag $iNode $jNode $kNode $lNode $thick $matTag $bulk $fmass $hPerm $vPerm <$b1=0 $b2=0 $t=0>

$eleTag A positive integer uniquely identifying the element among all elements
$iNode, $jNode, $kNode, $lNode Four element node (previously defined) numbers in counter-clockwise order around the element
$thick Element thickness
$matTag Tag of an NDMaterial object (previously defined) of which the element is composed
$bulk Combined undrained bulk modulus Bc relating changes in pore pressure and volumetric strain, may be approximated by:

Bc ≈ Bf/n

where Bf is the bulk modulus of fluid phase (2.2x106 kPa (or 3.191x105 psi) for water), and n the initial porosity.

$fmass Fluid mass density
$hPerm, $vPerm Permeability coefficient in horizontal and vertical directions respectively.
$b1, $b2 Optional gravity acceleration components in horizontal and vertical directions respectively (defaults are 0.0)
$t Optional uniform element normal traction, positive in tension (default is 0.0)


Gravel Sand Silty Sand Silt Clay
>1.0x10-1 cm/s (or 3.94x10-2 in/s) 1.0x10-3 cm/s (or 3.94 x10-4 in/s) ~ 1.0x10-1 cm/s (or 3.94 x10-2 in/s) 1.0x10-5 cm/s (or 3.94 x10-6 in/s) ~ 1.0x10-3 cm/s (or 3.94 x10-4 in/s) 1.0x10-7 cm/s (or 3.94 x10-8 in/s) ~ 1.0x10-5 cm/s (or 3.94 x10-6 in/s) <1.0x10-7 cm/s (or 3.94x10 -8 in/s)

Code Developed by: UC San Diego (Dr. Zhaohui Yang):

UC San Diego Soil Model: