Efficient Non-Linear Idealisations of Aircraft Fuselage Panels in Compression

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Aircraft fuselages are complex assemblies of thousands of components and as a result simulation models are highly idealised. In the typical design process, a coarse FE model is used to determine loads within the structure. The size of the model and number of load cases necessitates that only linear static behaviour is considered. This paper reports on the development of a modelling approach to increase the accuracy of the global model, accounting for variations in stiffness due to non-linear structural behaviour. The strategy is based on representing a fuselage sub-section with a single non-linear element. Large portions of fuselage structure are represented by connecting these non-linear elements together to form a framework. The non-linear models are very efficient, reducing computational time significantly
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1977-1993
Number of pages17
JournalFinite Elements in Analysis and Design
Issue number13-14
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mechanics


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