an:06389968
Zbl 1311.74119
Élie-Dit-Cosaque, Xavier J.-G.; Gakwaya, Augustin; Naceur, Hakim
Smoothed finite element method implemented in a resultant eight-node solid-shell element for geometrical linear analysis
EN
Comput. Mech. 55, No. 1, 105-126 (2015).
0178-7675 1432-0924
2015
j
74S05 74A05 65N30 74K25
resultant solid-shell element; smoothed finite element method (SFEM); polygonal element; strain smoothing; mesh sensitivity; accuracy
Summary: A smoothed finite element method formulation for the resultant eight-node solid-shell element is presented in this paper for geometrical linear analysis. The smoothing process is successfully performed on the element mid-surface to deal with the membrane and bending effects of the stiffness matrix. The strain smoothing process allows replacing the Cartesian derivatives of shape functions by the product of shape functions with normal vectors to the element mid-surface boundaries. The present formulation remains competitive when compared to the classical finite element formulations since no inverse of the Jacobian matrix is calculated. The three dimensional resultant shell theory allows the element kinematics to be defined only with the displacement degrees of freedom. The assumed natural strain method is used not only to eliminate the transverse shear locking problem encountered in thin-walled structures, but also to reduce trapezoidal effects. The efficiency of the present element is presented and compared with that of standard solid-shell elements through various benchmark problems including some with highly distorted meshes.