Prism solid-shell with heterogonous and hierarchical approximation basis

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk, Zahur Ullah, Chris J Pearce

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A solid-shell element which does not possess rotational degrees of freedom (DOFs) and which is applicable tothin plate/shell problems is considered. The element approximation is constructed in prisms, where displacementson the upper and lower surfaces are approximated in the global coordinate system. In addition, two other fieldsare defined in the shell natural (local) coordinate system that represent the components of the displacement vectorin both the current shell normal direction and the current shell tangent plane. To each field, an arbitrary order ofapproximation can be defined, and all fields reproduce a complete and conforming polynomial approximation basisfor the solid prism element. It is not necessary to augment the formulation with an assumed natural strain (ANS)field or enhanced assumed strain (EAS) field or to use reduced integration, making the element ideally suited forgeometrically and physically nonlinear problems.
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Title of host publication24th UK Conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering (ACME), Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK: Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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