Bending and Shear Mode Decomposition in C Structural Elements

Henryk Stolarski, Ted Belytschko, Nicholas Carpenter

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Various formulations for C structural finite elements are discussed. By means of two examples, a linear beam and a triangular plate element, it is shown that the proper decomposition of the deformed configuration into its bending and shear modes is essential for the effective performance of C elements. It is also shown that reduced integration can only be successful if it is equivalent to this decomposition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-176
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Structural Mechanics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The support of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under contract F49620-82-KO013 is greatfully acknowledged.


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