Development of a shell superelement for large deformation and free vibration analysis of composite spherical shells

Shamloofard, M ; Sharif University of Technology | 2021

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1007/s00366-020-01015-w
  3. Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH , 2021
  4. Abstract:
  5. Finite element analysis of huge and/or complicated structures often requires long times and large computational expenses. Superelements are huge elements that exploit the deformation theory of a specific problem to provide the capability of discretizing the problem with minimum number of elements. They are employed to reduce the computational cost while retaining the accuracy of results in FEM analysis of engineering problems. In this research, a new shell superelement is presented to study linear/nonlinear static and free vibration analysis of spherical structures with partial or full spherical geometries that exist in many industrial applications. Furthermore, this study investigates the effects of changing the superelement size and its number of nodes on solution accuracy. The governing equations of composite spherical shells are derived based on the first-order shear deformation theory and considering large deformations. For solving the nonlinear governing equations, the tangent stiffness matrix has been extracted and the Newton–Raphson method is employed. The capability of the presented shell superelement is investigated in several problems under linear/nonlinear static and free vibration analysis. The results acquired by the presented shell superelements are compared with available results in the literature and conventional shell elements in a commercial software. Results comparisons reveal high accuracy at a reduced computational cost in the superelement model. © 2020, Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature
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  7. Computation theory ; Cost benefit analysis ; Cost engineering ; Cost reduction ; Finite element method ; Industrial research ; Nonlinear equations ; Plates (structural components) ; Shear deformation ; Shells (structures) ; Spheres ; Stiffness matrix ; Complicated structures ; Computational expense ; Engineering problems ; First-order shear deformation theory ; Free-vibration analysis ; Spherical structures ; Static and free vibration analysis ; Tangent stiffness matrix ; Vibration analysis
  8. Source: Engineering with Computers ; Volume 37, Issue 4 , 2021 , Pages 3551-3567 ; 01770667 (ISSN)
  9. URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00366-020-01015-w