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A discrete shear triangular nine D.O.F. element for the analysis of thick to very thin plates. (English) Zbl 0675.73042
Summary: This paper deals with the formulation and the evaluation of a new three node, nine degrees of freedom triangular plate bending element valid for the analysis of thick to thin plates. The formulation is based on a generalization of the discrete Kirchhoff technique to include the transverse shear effects. The element, called DST (Discrete Shear Triangle), has a proper rank and is free of shear locking. It coincides with the DKT (Discrete Kirchhoff Triangle) element if the transverse shear effects are not significant. However, an incompatibility of the rotation of the normal appears due to shear effects. A detailed numerical evaluation of the characteristics and of the behaviour of the element has been performed including patch tests for thin and thick plates, convergence tests for clamped and simply supported plates under uniform loading and evaluation of stress resultants. The overall performance of the DST element is found to be very satisfactory.

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74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74K20 Plates
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