On the suppression of zero energy deformation modes. (English) Zbl 0537.73059

Summary: Based on the Hellinger-Reissner principle and the deformation energy due to assumed stresses and displacements, the problem of the kinematic deformation modes in assumed stress hybrid/mixed finite elements has been examined. Basic schemes are developed for the choice of assumed stress terms that will suppress all kinematic deformation modes. Quadrilateral membrane and axisymmetric elements, and three-dimensional hexahedral elements, are used to illustrate the suggested procedure.


74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74S99 Numerical and other methods in solid mechanics
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