Numerische Mathematik

, Volume 62, Issue 1, pp 321–341 | Cite as

Deterioration of a finite element method for arch structures when the thickness goes to zero

  • A. Habbal
  • D. Chenais


In this paper, we establish that a popular finite element method for arch structures degenerates when the thickness tends to zero. This is due to the fact that, for null thickness, the energy functional looses the ellipticity property. We show then how to link the step size to the thickness in order to get required precision. Numerical results finally illustrate the theoretical analysis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Habbal
    • 1
  • D. Chenais
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de MathématiquesUniversité de NiceNice CedexFrance

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