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1 Finite Element Formulation for Plates - Handout 3 - Dr Fehmi Cirak Completed Version

2 Definitions A plate is a three dimensional solid body with one of the plate dimensions much smaller than the other two zero curvature of the plate mid-surface in the reference configuration loading that causes bending deformation mid-surface or mid-plane A shell is a three dimensional solid body with one of the shell dimensions much smaller than the other two non-zero curvature of the shell mid-surface in the current configuration loading that causes bending and stretching deformation Page 52

3 Membrane versus Bending Response For a plate membrane and bending response are decoupled loading in the plane of the mid-surface (membrane response active) loading orthogonal to the mid-surface (bending response active) For most practical problems membrane and bending response can be investigated independently and later superposed Membrane response can be investigated using the two-dimensional finite elements introduced in 3D7 Bending response can be investigated using the plate finite elements introduced in this handout For plate problems involving large deflections membrane and bending response are coupled For example, the stamping of a flat sheet metal into a complicated shape can only be simulated using shell elements Page 53

4 Overview of Plate Theories In analogy to beams there are several different plate theories thick thin very thin Lengt / thickness ~5 to ~10 ~10 to ~100 > ~100 physical characteristics transverse shear deformations negligible transverse shear deformations geometrically nonlinear The extension of the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory to plates is the Kirchhoff plate theory Suitable only for thin plates The extension of Timoshenko beam theory to plates is the Reissner-Mindlin plate theory Suitable for thick and thin plates As discussed for beams the related finite elements have problems if applied to thin problems In very thin plates deflections always large Geometrically nonlinear plate theory crucial (such as the one introduced for buckling of plates) Page 54

5 Kinematics of Kirchhoff Plate -1- Assumed displacements during loading deformed reference undeformed and deformed geometries along one of the coordinate axis Kinematic assumption: Material points which lie on the mid-surface normal remain on the midsurface normal during the deformation Kinematic equations In-plane displacements In this equation and in following all Greek indices take only values 1 or 2 It is assumed that rotations are small Out-of-plane displacements Page 55

6 Kinematics of Kirchhoff Plate -2- Introducing the displacements into the strain equations of three-dimensional elasticity leads to Axial strains and in-plane shear strain All other strain components are zero Out-of-plane shear Through-the-thickness strain (no stretching of the mid-surface normal during deformation) Page 56

7 Weak Form of Kirchhoff Plate -1- The plate strains introduced into the internal virtual work expression of three-dimensional elasticity Note that the summation convention is used (summation over repeated indices) Definition of bending moments External virtual work Distributed surface load For other type of external loadings see TJR Hughes book Weak form of Kirchhoff Plate Boundary terms only present if force/moment boundary conditions present Page 57

8 Weak Form of Kirchhoff Plate -2- Moment and curvature matrices Both matrices are symmetric Constitutive equation (Hooke s law) Plane stress assumption for thin plates must be used Hooke s law for three-dimensional elasticity (with Lamé constants) Through-the-thickness strain can be determined using plane stress assumption Introducing the determined through-the-thickness strain back into the Hooke s law yields the Hooke s law for plane stress Page 58

9 Weak Form of Kirchhoff Plate -3- Integration over the plate thickness leads to Note the change to Young s modulus and Poisson s ratio The two sets of material constants are related by Page 59

10 Finite Element Discretization The problem domain is partitioned into a collection of pre-selected finite elements (either triangular or quadrilateral) On each element displacements and test functions are interpolated using shape functions and the corresponding nodal values Shape functions Nodal values Page 60 To obtain the FE equations the preceding interpolation equations are introduced into the weak form Similar to Euler-Bernoulli Beam the internal virtual work depends on the second order derivatives of the deflection and virtual deflection C 1 -continuous smooth shape functions are necessary in order to render the internal virtual work computable

11 Review: Isoparametric Shape Functions -1- In finite element analysis of two and three dimensional problems the isoparametric concept is particularly useful Isoparametric mapping of a four-node quadrilateral Shape functions are defined on the parent (or master) element parent element Each element on the mesh has exactly the same shape functions physical element Shape functions are used for interpolating the element coordinates and deflections Page 61

12 Review: Isoparametric Shape Functions -2- In the computation of field variable derivatives the Jacobian of the mapping has to be considered The Jacobian is computed using the coordinate interpolation equation Page 62

13 Shape Functions in Two Dimensions -1- In 3D7 shape functions were derived in a more or less ad hoc way Shape functions can be systematically developed with the help of the Pascal s triangle (which contains the terms of polynomials, also called monomials, of various degrees) Triangular elements Three-node triangle linear interpolation Six-node triangle quadratic interpolation Quadrilateral elements Four-node quadrilateral bi-linear interpolation Pascal s triangle (with constants a, b, c, d, ) Nine-node quadrilateral bi-quadratic interpolation It is for the convergence of the finite element method important to use only complete polynomials up to a certain desired polynomial order Page 63

14 Shape Functions in Two Dimensions -2- The constants a, b, c, d, e, in the polynomial expansions can be expressed in dependence of the nodal values For example in case of a a four-node quadrilateral element with the shape functions Page 64 As mentioned the plate internal virtual work depends on the second derivatives of deflections and test functions so that C 1 -continuous smooth shape functions are necessary It is not possible to use the shape functions shown above

15 Early Smooth Shape Functions -1- For the Euler-Bernoulli beam the Hermite interpolation was used which has the nodal deflections and slopes as degrees-of-freedom The equivalent 2D element is the Adini-Clough quadrilateral (1961) Degrees-of-freedom are the nodal deflections and slopes Interpolation with a polynomial with 12 (=3x4) constants monomials Surprisingly this element does not produce C 1 - continuous smooth interpolation (explanation on next page) Page 65

16 Early Smooth Shape Functions -2- Consider an edge between two Adini-Clough elements For simplicity the considered boundary is assumed to be along the axis in both elements The deflections and slopes along the edge are so that there are 8 unknown constants in these equations If the interpolation is smooth, the deflection and the slopes in both elements along the edge have to agree It is not possible to uniquely define a smooth interpolation between the two elements because there are only 6 nodal values available for the edge (displacements and slopes of the two nodes). There are however 8 unknown constants which control the smoothness between the two elements. Page 66 Elements that violate continuity conditions are known as nonconforming elements. The Adini-Clough element is a nonconforming element. Despite this deficiency the element is known to give good results

17 Early Smooth Shape Functions -3- Bogner-Fox-Schmidt quadrilateral (1966) Degrees-of-freedom are the nodal deflections, first derivatives and second mixed derivatives This element is conforming because there are now 8 parameters on a edge between two elements in order to generate a C 1 -continuous function Problems Physical meaning of cross derivatives not clear At boundaries it is not clear how to prescribe the cross derivatives The stiffness matrix is very large (16x16) monomials Page 67 Due to these problems such elements are not widely used in present day commercial software

18 New Developments in Smooth Interpolation Recently, research on finite elements has been reinvigorated by the use of smooth surface representation techniques from computer graphics and geometric design Smooth surfaces are crucial for computer graphics, gaming and geometric design Fifa 07, computer game Page 68

19 Splines - Piecewise Polynomial Curves Splines are piecewise polynomial curves for smooth interpolation For example, consider cubic spline shape functions cubic polynomial cubic polynomial cubic polynomial cubic polynomial Each cubic spline is composed out of four cubic polynomials; neighboring curve segments are C 2 continuously connected (i.e., continuous up to second order derivatives) An interpolation constructed out of cubic spline shape functions is C 2 continuous Page 69

20 Tensor Product B-Spline Surfaces -1 A b-spline surface can be constructed as the tensor-product of b-spline curves two dimensional one dimensional Tensor product b-spline surfaces are only possible over regular meshes A presently active area of research are the b-spline like surfaces over irregular meshes The new approaches developed will most likely be available in next generation finite element software irregular mesh Page 70 one dimensional spline like surface generated on irregular mesh

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