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PB-Spline Finite Element Shell Modeling and Refinement Technique

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Antonio Carminelli, Giuseppe Catania

University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Paper No. DETC2009-87232, pp. 213-221; 9 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 22nd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4898-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


This paper presents a Point Based (PB) spline degenerate shell finite element model to analyze the behavior of thin and moderately thick-walled structures. Complex shapes are modeled with several B-spline patches assembled as in conventional finite element technique. The refinement of the solution is carried out by superimposing a tensorial set of B-spline functions on a patch and employing the PB-spline generalization. The domains for the numerical integration are defined by making use of the retained tensorial framework. Some numerical examples are presented. Considerations regarding strengths and limits of the approach then follow.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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