Nonlinear/linear unified thermal stress formulations: Transfinite element approach

Kumar K. Tamma, Sudhir B. Railkar

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A new unified computational approach for applicability to nonlinear/linear thermal Structural problems is presented. Basic concepts of the approach including applicability to nonlinear and linear thermal structural mechanics are first described via general formulations. Therein, the approach is demonstrated for thermal stress and thermal-structural dynamic applications. The proposed transfinite element approach focuses on providing a viable hybrid computational methodology by combining the modeling versatility of contemporary finite element schemes in conjunction with transform techniques and the classical Bubnov-Galerkin schemes. Comparative samples of numerical test cases highlight the capabilities of the proposed concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-428
Number of pages14
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Oct 1987


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