Function space formulation of the 3-noded distorted Timoshenko metric beam element

Manju, S and Mukherjee, Somenath (2019) Function space formulation of the 3-noded distorted Timoshenko metric beam element. Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 69 (6). pp. 615-626. ISSN 12254568

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The 3-noded metric Timoshenko beam element with an offset of the internal node from the element centre is used here to demonstrate the best-fit paradigm using function space formulation under locking and mesh distortion. The best-fit paradigm follows from the projection theorem describing finite element analysis which shows that the stresses computed by the displacement finite element procedure are the best approximation of the true stresses at an element level as well as global level. In this paper, closed form best-fit solutions are arrived for the 3-noded Timoshenko beam element through function space formulation by combining field consistency requirements and distortion effects for the element modelled in metric Cartesian coordinates. It is demonstrated through projection theorems how lock-free best-fit solutions are arrived even under mesh distortion by using a consistent definition for the shear strain field. It is shown how the field consistency enforced finite element solution differ from the best-fit solution by an extraneous response resulting from an additional spurious force vector. However, it can be observed that when the extraneous forces vanish fortuitously, the field consistent solution coincides with the best-fit strain solution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: metric element; function spaces; symmetric formulation; Element distortion; Best-fit paradigm; Variational correctness; Orthogonal projections
Subjects: ENGINEERING > Mechanical Engineering
ENGINEERING > Structural Mechanics
Depositing User: Smt Bhagya Rekha KA
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 16:00
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 16:00

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