Thermal and chemical effects

Fires and leaks

In many structures, temperature and chemical effects can cause significant primary stresses, as well as amplify the secondary ones, and degrade the mechanical properties of the materials, potentially leading to a structural failure.

Principia has studied the vulnerability of large concrete structures, such as dams, girders and slabs, in this context. We have also conducted thermo-mechanical analyses of storage tanks for liquefied natural gas to study the effects leaks and fires.