A method for creating a class of triangular C1 finite elements

Papanicolopulos, S.-A. and Zervos, A. (2011) A method for creating a class of triangular C1 finite elements International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 89, (11), pp. 1437-1450. (doi:10.1002/nme.3296).


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Finite elements providing a C1 continuous interpolation are useful in the numerical solution of problems where the underlying partial differential equation is of fourth order, such as beam and plate bending and deformation of strain-gradient-dependent materials. Although a few C1 elements have been presented in the literature, their development has largely been heuristic, rather than the result of a rational design to a predetermined set of desirable element properties. Therefore, a general procedure for developing C1 elements with particular desired properties is still lacking.

This paper presents a methodology by which C1 elements, such as the TUBA?3 element proposed by Argyris et al., can be constructed. In this method (which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first one of its kind), a class of finite elements is first constructed by requiring a polynomial interpolation and prescribing the geometry, the location of the nodes and the possible types of nodal DOFs. A set of necessary conditions is then imposed to obtain appropriate interpolations. Generic procedures are presented, which determine whether a given potential member of the element class meets the necessary conditions. The behaviour of the resulting elements is checked numerically using a benchmark problem in strain-gradient elasticity

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1002/nme.3296
ISSNs: 0029-5981 (print)
Keywords: finite element methods, C1 element, triangular element, gradient elasticity
Organisations: Infrastructure Group
ePrint ID: 300822
Date :
Date Event
12 October 2011e-pub ahead of print
16 March 2012Published
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 08:54
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 17:30
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/300822

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