Simple quadrilaterals with high coarse-mesh accuracy. (English) Zbl 0623.73074

Hybrid and mixed finite element methods, Winter Annu. Meet. ASME, Miami Beach/Fl. 1985, AMD-Vols. 73, 39-56 (1985).
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Quadrilateral elements for plane stress and strain are formulated so as to achieve high coarse-mesh accuracy, particularly for bending problems and incompressible materials. The Hu-Washizu variational principle is used in conjunction with an orthogonal projection so that the resulting element stiffness requires no matrix inversions. Results are given for several problems, including distorted meshes, and the elements exhibit excellent performance for coarse meshes.


74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74-04 Software, source code, etc. for problems pertaining to mechanics of deformable solids
74S30 Other numerical methods in solid mechanics (MSC2010)


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