Automatic adaptive FE analysis of thin-walled structures using 3D solid elements
Lee, Chi King
Xu, Q. X.
Date of Issue2008
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
In this study, a new automatic adaptive refinement procedure for thin-walled structures (TWS) using 3D solid elements is suggested. This procedure employs a specially designed superconvergent patch recovery (SPR) procedure for stress recovery, the Zienkiewicz and Zhu (Z-Z) error estimator for the a posteriori error estimation, a new refinement strategy for new element size prediction and a special mesh generator for adaptive mesh generation. The proposed procedure is different from other schemes in such a way that the problem domain is separated into two distinct parts: the shell part and the junction part. For stress recovery and error estimation in the shell part, special nodal coordinate systems are used and the stress field is separated into two components. For the refinement strategy, different procedures are employed for the estimation of new element sizes in the shell and the junction parts. Numerical examples are given to validate the effectiveness of the suggested procedure. It is found that by using the suggested refinement procedure, when comparing with uniform refinement, higher convergences rate were achieved and more accurate final solutions were obtained by using fewer of degree of freedoms and less amount of computational time.
DRNTU::Engineering::Civil engineering::Structures and design
International journal for numerical methods in engineering
© 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nme.2315].