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High-performance unsymmetric 3-node triangular membrane element with drilling DOFs can correctly undertake in-plane moments

Yan Shang, Song Cen, Zheng-Hua Qian, Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

Engineering Computations, Volume: 35, Issue: 7, Pages: 2543 - 2556

Swansea University Author: Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

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PurposeThis paper aims to propose a simple but robust three-node triangular membrane element with rational drilling DOFs for efficiently analyzing plane problems.Design/methodology/approachThis new element is developed within the general framework of unsymmetric FEM. The element test functions are d...

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Published in: Engineering Computations
ISSN: 0264-4401
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa45295
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Abstract: PurposeThis paper aims to propose a simple but robust three-node triangular membrane element with rational drilling DOFs for efficiently analyzing plane problems.Design/methodology/approachThis new element is developed within the general framework of unsymmetric FEM. The element test functions are determined by using a conforming displacement field which is slightly different with the classical Allman’s interpolations, while a self-equilibrated stress field formulated based on the analytical airy stress solutions is adopted as the trial functions. To ensure the correctness between the drilling DOFs and the true rotations in elasticity, reasonable constraints are introduced through the penalty function method. Moreover, the special quadrature strategy is used for operating related integrations for future enrichment of element behavior.FindingsNumerical benchmark tests reveal that this new triangular membrane element has exceptional prediction capabilities. In particular, this element can correctly reproduce a rigid body rotation motion and correctly undertake the external in-plane twisting moments; thus, it is a reasonable choice for being used to formulate flat shell elements or to be connected with other kind of elements with physical rotational DOFs.Originality/valueThis work provides a new approach for developing high-performance lower-order elements with simple formulations and good numerical accuracies.
Keywords: Membrane element, Drilling DOF, In-plane twisting moment, Physical rotation, Unsymmetric FEM
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 7
Start Page: 2543
End Page: 2556