Finite element free vibration analysis of eccentrically stiffened plates

Timo Holopainen

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A new finite element model is proposed for free vibration analysis of eccentrically stiffened plates.
The formulation allows the placement of any number of arbitrarily oriented stiffeners within a plate element without disturbing their individual properties. A plate-bending element consistent with the Reissner-Mindlin thick plate theory is employed to model the behaviour of the plating.
A stiffener element, consistent with the plate element, is introduced to model the contributions of the stiffeners. The applied plate-bending and stiffener elements are based on mixed interpolation of tensorial components (MITC), to avoid spurious shear locking and to guarantee good convergence behaviour.
Several numerical examples using both uniform and distorted meshes are given to demonstrate the excellent predictive capability of this approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1007
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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