Thin plate elements with relaxed Kirchhoff constraints

Henryk K. Stolarski, Martin Y.M. Chiang

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An analysis of thin plates by C0 elements is presented. The fundamental part of it is the formulation of a set of constraints that relate the rotational degrees of freedom to the translational degrees of freedom and which are weaker than the usual Kirchhoff constraints. A penalty term associated with these constraints is then introduced instead of the usual expression for the shear strain energy. It is shown that the approach is effective for both quadrilateral and triangular elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-933
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1988


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