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Civil Engineering

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Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)

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Cutting process, Tree vibration, Finite element model of tree


There are several ways to cut down a tree. The piece by piece cutting method is studied in this research. By modeling the cutting process into simple dynamic models and obtaining governing equations of motion of tree and cut piece in each model, the forces during cutting process were calculated. The method was then applied to a set of real data and tree vibrations were compared with field measurements. The study is very rare in the case of the variety of the topics it covers from dynamics and mechanics to finite element modeling of a biological system.


First Advisor

Sergio F Breña