Computational Mechanics

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 483–489 | Cite as

An alternative version of the Pian–Sumihara element with a simple extension to non-linear problems

  • R. Piltner


 The stiffness matrix for the Pian–Sumihara element can be obtained in a different way than originally presented in Pian and Sumihara (1984). Instead of getting the element matrix from a hybrid stress formulation with five stress terms one can use a modified Hu–Washizu formulation using nine stress and nine strain terms as well as four enhanced strain terms. Using orthogonal stress and strain functions it becomes possible to obtain the stiffness matrix via sparse -matrices so that numerical matrix inversions can be omitted. The advantage of using the mixed variational formulation with displacements, stresses, strains, and enhanced strains is that the extension to non-linear problems is easily achieved since the final computer implementation is very similar to an implementation of a displacement element.


Element Matrix Stiffness Matrix Variational Formulation Matrix Inversion Simple Extension 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Piltner
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  1. 1.Department of Engineering Mechanics, W317.2 Nebraska Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0526, USA e-mail: rpiltner@unlserve.unl.eduUS

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