Transverse Vibration of Mindlin Plates on Two-Parameter Foundations by Analytical Trapezoidal p-Elements

An analytical trapezoidal hierarchical element for the transverse vibration of Mindlin plates resting on two-parameter foundations is presented. Legendre orthogonal polynomials are used as enriching shape functions to avoid the shear-locking problem and to improve considerably the computational efficiency. Element matrices are integrated in closed form eliminating the numerical integration errors conventionally found. With the C supra 0 continuity requirement, the element can be used to analyze any triangular and polygonal plates without difficulty, while the Kirchhoff p-version elements requiring C supra 1 continuity are not as versatile. The computed natural frequencies for rectangular, skew, trapezoidal, triangular, annular, and polygonal plates on two-parameter foundations show that the convergence of the proposed element is very fast compared to the conventional linear finite elements with respect to the number of degrees of freedom used. Many numerical examples are given.


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  • Accession Number: 01010769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 8:43PM