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Isogeometric Analysis of Laminated Composite Plates Using the Higher-Order Shear Deformation Theory ; ; Bordas, Stéphane et al in Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures (2015), 22(6), 451-469 Isogeometric analysis (IGA) aims at simplifying the computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided engineering (CAE) pipeline by using the same functions to describe the geometry (CAD) and the unknown ... [more ▼] Isogeometric analysis (IGA) aims at simplifying the computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided engineering (CAE) pipeline by using the same functions to describe the geometry (CAD) and the unknown fields (Analysis). IGA can be based on a variety of CAD descriptions, the most widely used today being non-uniform rational B-splines (NURBS). In this article, the suitability of NURBS-based isogeometric analysis within a third-order shear deformation theory for the simulation of the static, dynamic, and buckling response of laminated composite plates is investigated. The method employs NURBS basis functions to both represent the geometry (exactly) and the unknown field variables. One of the main advantages of the present method is directly inherited from IGA, that is to easily increase the approximation order. To avoid using a shear correction factor, a third-order shear deformation theory (TSDT) is introduced. It requires C1-continuity of generalized displacements and the NURBS basis functions are well suited for this requirement. Several numerical examples are used to demonstrate the performance of the present method compared with other published ones. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 96 (2 UL)An alternative alpha finite element method with discrete shear gap technique for analysis of isotropic Mindlin-Reissner plates ; ; et al in Finite Elements in Analysis and Design (2011), 47(5), 519-535 An alternative alpha finite element method (AαFEM) coupled with a discrete shear gap technique for triangular elements is presented to significantly improve the accuracy of the standard triangular finite ... [more ▼] An alternative alpha finite element method (AαFEM) coupled with a discrete shear gap technique for triangular elements is presented to significantly improve the accuracy of the standard triangular finite elements for static, free vibration and buckling analyses of MindlinReissner plates. In the AαFEM, the piecewise constant strain field of linear triangular elements is enhanced by additional strain terms with an adjustable parameter α which results in an effectively softer stiffness formulation compared to the linear triangular element. To avoid the transverse shear locking, the discrete shear gap technique (DSG) is utilized and a novel triangular element, the Aα-DSG3 is obtained. Several numerical examples show that the Aα-DSG3 achieves high reliability compared to other existing elements in the literature. Through selection of α, under or over estimation of the strain energy can be achieved. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 79 (2 UL)Isogeometric analysis using polynomial splines over hierarchical T-meshes for two-dimensional elastic solids ; ; Bordas, Stéphane et al in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2011), 200(21-22), 1892-1908 Isogeometric analysis has become a powerful alternative to standard finite elements due to its flexibility in handling complex geometries. One of the major drawbacks of NURBS-based isogeometric finite ... [more ▼] Isogeometric analysis has become a powerful alternative to standard finite elements due to its flexibility in handling complex geometries. One of the major drawbacks of NURBS-based isogeometric finite elements is the inefficiency of local refinement. In this study, we present an alternative to NURBS-based isogeometric analysis that allows for local refinement. The idea is based on polynomial splines and exploits the flexibility of T-meshes for local refinement. The shape functions satisfy important properties such as non-negativity, local support and partition of unity. Several numerical examples are used to demonstrate the reliability of the present method. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 114 (1 UL)A node-based smoothed finite element method with stabilized discrete shear gap technique for analysis of Reissner-Mindlin plates ; ; et al in Computational Mechanics (2010), 46(5), 679-701 In this paper, a node-based smoothed finite element method (NS-FEM) using 3-node triangular elements is formulated for static, free vibration and buckling analyses of Reissner-Mindlin plates. The discrete ... [more ▼] In this paper, a node-based smoothed finite element method (NS-FEM) using 3-node triangular elements is formulated for static, free vibration and buckling analyses of Reissner-Mindlin plates. The discrete weak form of the NS-FEM is obtained based on the strain smoothing technique over smoothing domains associated with the nodes of the elements. The discrete shear gap (DSG) method together with a stabilization technique is incorporated into the NS-FEM to eliminate transverse shear locking and to maintain stability of the present formulation.Aso-called node-based smoothed stabilized discrete shear gap method (NS-DSG) is then proposed. Several numerical examples are used to illustrate the accuracy and effectiveness of the present method. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 107 (0 UL)An alternative alpha finite element method (AαFEM) for free and forced structural vibration using triangular meshes ; ; et al in Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics (2010), 233(9), 2112-2135 An alternative alpha finite element method (AαFEM) using triangular elements is proposed that significantly improves the accuracy of the standard triangular finite elements and provides a superconvergent ... [more ▼] An alternative alpha finite element method (AαFEM) using triangular elements is proposed that significantly improves the accuracy of the standard triangular finite elements and provides a superconvergent solution in the energy norm for the static analysis of two-dimensional solid mechanics problems. In the AαFEM, the piecewise constant strain field of linear triangular FEM models is enhanced by additional strain terms with an adjustable parameter α which results in an effectively softer stiffness formulation compared to a linear triangular element. The element is further extended to the free and forced vibration analyses of solids. Several numerical examples show that the AαFEM achieves high reliability compared to other existing elements in the literature. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 59 (0 UL)A smoothed finite element method for shell analysis ; ; et al in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2008), 198(2), 165-177 A four-node quadrilateral shell element with smoothed membrane-bending based on Mindlin-Reissner theory is proposed. The element is a combination of a plate bending and membrane element. It is based on ... [more ▼] A four-node quadrilateral shell element with smoothed membrane-bending based on Mindlin-Reissner theory is proposed. The element is a combination of a plate bending and membrane element. It is based on mixed interpolation where the bending and membrane stiffness matrices are calculated on the boundaries of the smoothing cells while the shear terms are approximated by independent interpolation functions in natural coordinates. The proposed element is robust, computationally inexpensive and free of locking. Since the integration is done on the element boundaries for the bending and membrane terms, the element is more accurate than the MITC4 element for distorted meshes. This will be demonstrated for several numerical examples. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 110 (1 UL) |
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