An Equilibrium Approach to FE Modelling of Plates & Shells
An Equilibrium Approach to Finite Element Modelling of Plates and Shells. Presented at the First International Conference on Shells, Plates and Beams held in Bologna, Italy, 9th - 11th September 2015.
This article is based on a presentation given at the first International Conference on Shells, Plates and Beams held in Bologna 9 – 11 September 2015 . The work is a result of recent collaboration between Dr Maunder of Exeter University and Ramsay Maunder Associates, and Professor Izzuddin of Imperial College, London. It concerns hybrid equilibrium flat shell elements governed by Reissner Mindlin theory and assuming small strains and linear elastic material. These are used to model a simply supported flat plate assuming small displacements, and a cylindrical shell with small or large translations and rotations. Comparisons are made with models composed of curved conforming