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Large Deformation Triangular Plate Elements for Multibody Problems

[+] Author Affiliations
Oleg Dmitrochenko, Aki Mikkola

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland

Paper No. DETC2007-34741, pp. 1049-1058; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


In this paper, triangular finite elements based on the absolute nodal coordinate formulation are introduced. Triangular elements employ the Kirchhoff plate theory and can, accordingly, be used in thin plate bending problems. These elements can exactly describe arbitrary rigid body motion while their mass matrices are constant. Previous plate developments in the absolute nodal coordinate formulation have focused on rectangular elements that are difficult to use when arbitrary meshes need to be described. The elements introduced in this study have overcome this problem and represent an important addition to the absolute nodal coordinate formulation. The two elements introduced are based on Specht’s and Morley’s shape functions. The numerical solutions of these elements are compared with results obtained using the previously proposed rectangular finite element and analytical results.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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