In the discretization process, it is sometimes necessary to divide a structure into a large number of elements because of changes in geometry, loading, or material properties. When the elements are assembled for the entire structure, the number of unknown displacements, that is, the number of degrees of freedom, may be quite large. As a consequence, the stiffness, mass, and damping matrices will be of large dimensions. The solution of the corresponding eigenproblem to determine natural frequencies and modal shapes will be difficult and, in addition, expensive. In such cases it is desirable to reduce the size of these matrices in order to make the solution of the eigenproblem more manageable and economical. Such reduction is referred to as condensation.
KeywordsStiffness Matrix Modal Shape Mass Matrix Transformation Matrix Mass Matrice
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