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Development of the cell-based smoothed discrete shear gap plate element (CS-FEM-DSG3) using three-node triangles

Authors: 

T. Nguyen-Thoi, M.H. Nguyen-Thoi, T. Vo-Duy, N. Nguyen-Minh

Source title: 
International Journal of Computational Methods, 12(4): 1540015, 2015 (ISI)
Academic year of acceptance: 
2014-2015
Abstract: 

The paper presents the formulation and recent development of the cell-based smoothed discrete shear gap plate element (CS-FEM-DSG3) using three-node triangles. In the CS-FEM-DSG3, each triangular element will be divided into three sub-triangles, and in each sub-triangle, the original plate element DSG3 is used to compute the strains and to avoid the transverse shear locking. Then the cell-based strain smoothing technique (CS-FEM) is used to smooth the strains on these three sub-triangles. The numerical examples illustrate four superior properties of the CS-FEM-DSG3 including: (1) being a strong competitor to many existing three-node triangular plate elements in the static analysis; (2) giving high accurate solutions for problems with skew geometries in the static analysis; (3) giving high accurate solutions in free vibration analysis; (4) providing accurate values of high frequencies of plates by using only coarse meshes. Due to its superior and simple properties, the CS-FEM-DSG3 has been now developed for various analyses such as: flat shells, stiffened plates, functionally graded plates, composite plates, piezoelectricity composite plates, cracked plate and plates resting on the viscoelastic foundation subjected to moving loads, etc.