A family of new element models in discrete structural analysis is proposed in this paper. These models consist of finite number of small rigid bodies connected with springs or spring-dashpot systems distributed over the contact area of two neighbouring bodies. In general size of stiffness matrices of these elements are at most (6x6) which are equal to or even smaller than 1/2 of those of conventional finite elements so that considerable reduction of computing time can be expected. Effectiveness of these elements in nonlinear static and dynamic structural analysis will be demonstrated by several numerical examples.

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    Society of Naval Architects of Japan

    15-16, Toranomon, 1-chome, Minato-ku
    Tokyo,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Kawai, T
    • Toi, Y
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00194547
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects of Japan
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM