Adaptive Finite Element Methods for Shells.
Final rept. 1 Sep 85-31 Dec 87,
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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An adaptive finite element procedure is developed for the transient analysis of nonlinear shells. The scheme is an h-method which employs fission and fusion. Criteria based on incremental work and deviation of the bilinear finite element approximation to the shell from a Kirchhoff-Love surface are used as criteria for adaptivity. The example problems show that the adaptive schemes are capable of achieving substantial improvements in accuracy for a given computational effort. They include both material and geometric nonlinearities and local and global buckling. In order to formulate an r-adaptive method, the conservation laws, the constitutive equations, and the equation of state for path-dependent materials are formulated for an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian description. Both geometrical and material nonlinearities are included in this setting. Keywords Finite elements, Adaptive meshes, Shells.
- Civil Engineering
- Numerical Mathematics