Major Advances in Finite Element Model Technology

by Ted Belytschko, Northwestern Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Utilization in Structural Engineering


The evolution of finite elements is traced from the viewpoint of finite element shape functions and element-related techniques. Particular emphasis is placed on the isoparametric element, a milestone in element technology, and the subsequent resolution of its many bugs: looking, spurious singular modes, stress oscillations. An important offshoot of isoparametrices, the degenerated continuum shell element, is also discussed. In conclusion, some unresolved issues are summarized.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Shell structures | Structural analysis | Mathematical models | Structural models | Structural members | Oscillations | Mathematics

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