New Rectangular Finite Element for Shear Wall Analysis

by Iain A. MacLeod,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 3, Pg. 399-409

Document Type: Journal Paper


Most previously derived plane stress finite elements cannot be connected with line elements in bending. This difficulty is overcome by devising a new element which has rotational degrees of freedom at the node points. Application to analysis of simple shear wall problems with a single row of openings illustrates the method and comparison of results with other solutions demonstrates its validity. A study of the behavior of the new element in comparison with results for a more conventional element shows: (1) For the same number of elements, the accuracy of estimation of deflection is increased and (2) the ratio of length to breadth of the elements has a less significant effect on the results.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Shear walls | Comparative studies | Bending (structural) | Rotation | Degrees of freedom | Professional societies | Stress analysis

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