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Hybrid displacement function element method: a simple hybrid-Trefftz stress element method for analysis of Mindlin-Reissner plate

Song Cen, Yan Shang, Chen-Feng Li, Hong-Guang Li, Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Volume: 98, Issue: 3, Pages: 203 - 234

Swansea University Author: Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/nme.4632

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In order to develop robust finite element models for analysis of thin and moderately thick plates, a simple hybrid displacement function element method is presented. First, the variational functional of complementary energy for Mindlin–Reissner plates is modified to be expressed by a displacement fu...

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Published in: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Published: 2014
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21434
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Abstract: In order to develop robust finite element models for analysis of thin and moderately thick plates, a simple hybrid displacement function element method is presented. First, the variational functional of complementary energy for Mindlin–Reissner plates is modified to be expressed by a displacement function F, which can be used to derive displacement components satisfying all governing equations. Second, the assumed element resultant force fields, which can satisfy all related governing equations, are derived from the fundamental analytical solutions of F. Third, the displacements and shear strains along each element boundary are determined by the locking-free formulae based on the Timoshenko's beam theory. Finally, by applying the principle of minimum complementary energy, the element stiffness matrix related to the conventional nodal displacement DOFs is obtained. Because the trial functions of the domain stress approximations a priori satisfy governing equations, this method is consistent with the hybrid-Trefftz stress element method. As an example, a 4-node, 12-DOF quadrilateral plate bending element, HDF-P4-11 β, is formulated. Numerical benchmark examples have proved that the new model possesses excellent precision. It is also a shape-free element that performs very well even when a severely distorted mesh containing concave quadrilateral and degenerated triangular elements is employed.
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 3
Start Page: 203
End Page: 234