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Title:Finite element weighted residual methods for static analysis of reinforced axisymmetric shells
Author(s):Sharma, S.K.; Boresi, A.P.
Subject(s):Reinfroced Axisymmetric Shells
Finite Element Weighted Residual Methods
Love-kirchhoff Assumption
Abstract:This report presents finite element weighted residual methods for static analysis of reinforced axisymmetric shells. The shells may have variable thickness and reinforcement along the meridian. The reinforcing material is assumed to have an orthotropic distribution along the meridional and circumferential coordinate lines. External forces on the shells may include both pressure and thermal loads which need not be axisymmetric. The derivation of the required partial differential equations of equilibrium is based on thin elastic shell theory and utilizes the Love-Kirchhoff assumption. These partial differential equations are reduced to ordinary differential equations by Fourier expansions in the circumferential variable. Numerical solutions to the ordinary differential equations are then obtained for each Fourier harmonic by finite element weighted residual methods. Piecewise cubic Hermite polynomials are used for the construction of a finite element model of the displacement field along the meridian. The element stiffness matrices and load vectors are formulated by four different weighted residual methods, namely, subdomain collocation, Galerkin, moments and least squares. Appropriate continuity requirements are derived for the coefficients of the differential equations, interpolation functions, weighting functions and external loads. A finite element computer program is developed using the axisymmetric shell elements formulated in this report. The accuracy of these shell elements is studied by considering various example problems with different shell geometries, material properties, boundary conditions and prescribed forces.
Issue Date:1977-04
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 414
1977-6001
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112148
ISSN:0073-5264
Rights Information:Copyright 1977 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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