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Mesh Convergence Studies for Thin Shell Elements Developed by the ASME Task Group on Computational Modeling

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Gordon S. Bjorkman, Jr.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC

David P. Molitoris

Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, Cranberry Township, PA

Paper No. PVP2011-57705, pp. 119-123; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 2: Computer Technology and Bolted Joints
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 17–21, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4452-6
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The ASME Task Group on Computational Modeling for Explicit Dynamics was founded in August 2008 for the purpose of creating a quantitative guidance document for the development of finite element models used to analyze energy-limited events using explicit dynamics software. This document will be referenced in the ASME Code Section III, Division 3 and the next revision of NRC Regulatory Guide 7.6 as a means by which the quality of a finite element model may be judged. One portion of the document will be devoted to a series of element convergence studies that can aid designers in establishing the mesh refinement requirements necessary to achieve accurate results for a variety of different elements types in regions of high plastic strain. These convergence studies will also aid reviewers in evaluating the quality of a finite element model and the apparent accuracy of its results. In this paper the authors present the results of a convergence study for an impulsively loaded propped cantilever beam constructed of LS-DYNA thin shell elements using both reduced and full integration. Three loading levels are considered; the first maintains strains within the elastic range, the second induces moderate plastic strains, and the third produces large deformations and large plastic strains.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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