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See detailA linear smoothed quadratic finite element for the analysis of laminated composite Reissner–Mindlin plates
Wan, Detao; Hu, Dean; Natarajan, Sundararajan et al

in Composite Structures (2017), 180

It is well known that the high-order elements have significantly improved the accuracy of solutions in the traditional finite element analysis, but the performance of high-order elements is restricted by ... [more ▼]

It is well known that the high-order elements have significantly improved the accuracy of solutions in the traditional finite element analysis, but the performance of high-order elements is restricted by the shear-locking and distorted meshes for the plate problems. In this paper, a linear smoothed eight-node Reissner-Mindlin plate element (Q8 plate element) based on the first order shear deformation theory is developed for the static and free vibration analysis of laminated composite plates, the computation of the interior derivatives of shape function and isoparametric mapping can be removed. The strain matrices are modified with a linear smoothing technique by using the divergence theorem between the nodal shape functions and their derivatives in Taylor’s expansion. Moreover, the first order Taylor’s expansion is also employed for the construction of stiffness matrix to satisfy the linear strain distribution. Several numerical examples indicate that the novel Q8 plate element has good performance to alleviate the shear-locking phenomenon and improve the quality of the solutions with distorted meshes. [less ▲]

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See detailA linear smoothed higher-order CS-FEM for the analysis of notched laminated composites
Wan, Detao; Hu, Dean; Natarajan, Sundararajan et al

in Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements (2017), 85

Higher-order elements with highly accurate solutions are attractive for stress analysis and stress concentration problems. However, the distorted eight-node serendipity quadrilateral element is known to ... [more ▼]

Higher-order elements with highly accurate solutions are attractive for stress analysis and stress concentration problems. However, the distorted eight-node serendipity quadrilateral element is known to yield inaccurate re- sults and sub-optimal convergence rate. In this paper, we present a higher order CS-FEM to alleviate the effect of distorted mesh and guarantee the quality of solutions by employing a linear smoothing technique over eight-node quadratic serendipity elements. The modified. strain matrix is computed by the divergence theorem between the nodal shape functions and their derivatives using Taylor’s expansion of the weak form. The proposed method eliminates the need for isoparametric mapping and numerical studies demonstrate that the proposed method is insensitive to mesh distortion. The improved accuracy and superior convergence rates are numerically demon- strated with a few benchmark problems. The analysis of the stress concentration around cutouts also proves that the present method has good performance for the laminated composites. [less ▲]

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