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Eliminating Boundary Nodes in Substructuring of Large Structures

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Omid Kazemi, Parviz E. Nikravesh

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Paper No. DETC2014-35550, pp. V006T10A019; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 10th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4639-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Substructuring techniques have been widely used in model reduction of large structures. In these methods a large structure is partitioned into several components and reduced components are built. Boundary degrees-of-freedom (DoF) at the interfaces between components are used to assemble the reduced components and to form a reduced model of the original structure. In the current substructuring methods the boundary DoF or a transformation of these DoF remain in the reduced model. In this paper a methodology is suggested that could eliminate the boundary DoF from the reduced model which in turn leads to having even a smaller reduced model. This method which uses a different partitioning of the DoF of the structure is illustrated for a two-component structure. An example on a simple structure shows how the method can be implemented. The results show that the same level of accuracy compared to a standard substructuring can be obtained with fewer number of DoF in the reduced model.

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