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Implementation and Validation of a 4-Node Shell Finite Element

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Marco Morandini, Pierangelo Masarati

Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Paper No. DETC2014-34473, pp. V006T10A033; 10 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


This paper discusses the formulation and implementation of a 4-node C0 shell element within a general-purpose multibody formulation. A geometrically consistent set of strains and curvatures, defined in a co-rotational framework, is augmented by Enhanced Assumed Strains (EAS) and Assumed Natural Strains (ANS), to alleviate shear and membrane locking. The shell element formulation is validated by solving several static and dynamic problems from the open literature. The proposed element has been successfully used for the coupled structural and fluid-dynamics analysis of flapping wing micro-aerial vehicles.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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