Accurate force evaluation with a simple bi-linear plate bending element

Prathap, Gangan and Ramesh Babu, C (1985) Accurate force evaluation with a simple bi-linear plate bending element. Technical Report. National Aeronautical Laboratory, Bangalore, India.

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    Abstract

    A great deal of attention has been given to the development13; of simple C' continuous plate and shell elements based on the shear flexible theories for application to thick plates, sandwich or cellular plates and transversely isotropic or laminated plates. After considerable experimentation using unconventional approaches such as reduced integration, selective integration,mixed methods using discontinuous force fields etc., it has been13; possible to' develop simple displacement type elements which can be reliably used.The stress recovery at nodes from such elements is often unreliable or stresses are least accurate in the element domain. Further, nodal13; as the nodes are usually the points where strains13; values can reflect severe oscillations at some difficult corner or edge conditions. In this paper, we focus attention on the optimal stress recovery from such an element. This is done after an interpretation of the displacement method as a procedure that obtains strains over the finite element domain in a least squares13; accurate'fashion. If a shear flexible element is field -13; consistent, there are optimal locations at which bending moments and shear forces are accurate in a least- squares sense. These points stresses in typical p1ate problems.13; are identified for the present element and used to study stresses in typical p1ate problems.Another difficulty faced is the rapid variaton of twisting moments at free edges and corners of shear flexible plates and its influence on the shear forces at that edge. A related source of difficulty is the distinction made in Kirchhoff theory between shear forces and the effective shear reactions of that theory.The present study is seen to give accurate enough shear force and twisting moment predictions to allow one to draw the severe conclusion that the use of the Kirchhoff shear reaction at edges13; in classical plate theory is a n ambiguous and unnecessary one and can be avoided. The findings confirm a recent suggestion that it may be more appropriate to have three (as introduced originally by Poisson) instead of the two boundary conditions (as modified by Kirchhoff) usually applied on the edge of a thin plate, especially if that edge is unsupported.

    Item Type: Proj.Doc/Technical Report (Technical Report)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Bi-inear plate;Cellular plates;Mindlin plate theory;Kirchhoff theory
    Subjects: ENGINEERING > Structural Mechanics
    Division/Department: Structures Division, Structures Division
    Depositing User: M/S ICAST NAL
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 24 May 2010 09:51
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/2876

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