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A triangular thick plate finite element with an exact thin limit. (English) Zbl 0875.73290
Summary: We present a new formulation for a triangular finite element developed within the framework of a shear deformable plate theory. The element takes advantage of internal rotational degrees of freedom and a linked interpolation between the transverse displacement and the rotations. The element has excellent interpolating capacity and presents no locking effects; in fact, the shear energy may be set identically equal to zero without introducing any ill-conditioning, thus recovering a proper thin plate limit.

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