Shape-free polygonal hybrid displacement-function element method for analyses of Mindlin–Reissner plates

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A high-performance shape-free polygonal hybrid displacement-function finite-element method is proposed for analyses of Mindlin–Reissner plates. The analytical solutions of displacement functions are employed to construct element resultant fields, and the three-node Timoshenko’s beam formulae are adopted to simulate the boundary displacements. Then, the element stiffness matrix is obtained by the modified principle of minimum complementary energy. With a simple division, the integration of all the necessary matrices can be performed within polygonal element region. Five new polygonal plate elements containing a mid-side node on each element edge are developed, in which element HDF-PE is for general case, while the other four, HDF-PE-SS1, HDF-PE-Free, IHDF-PE-SS1, and IHDF-PE-Free, are for the edge effects at different boundary types. Furthermore, the shapes of these new elements are quite free, i.e., there is almost no limitation on the element shape and the number of element sides. Numerical examples show that the new elements are insensitive to mesh distortions, possess excellent and much better performance and flexibility in dealing with challenging problems with edge effects, complicated loading, and material distributions.

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The authors would like to thank for the financial supports from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11872229, 11702133) and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20170772).

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Wu, C., Cen, S. & Shang, Y. Shape-free polygonal hybrid displacement-function element method for analyses of Mindlin–Reissner plates. Engineering with Computers (2020).

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  • Finite-element methods
  • Mindlin–Reissner plate
  • Polygonal elements
  • Hybrid displacement-function method
  • Mesh distortion