Finite elements based upon mindlin plate theory with particular reference to the four-node bilinear isoparametric element

T. J.R. Hughes, Tayfun E. Tezduyar

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Concepts useful for the development of Mindlin plate elements are explored. Interpolato-ry schemes and nodal patterns which are ideal according to the proposed criteria are found to be somewhat more complicated than desirable for practical applications. However, these ideas are found to be useful as starting points in the development of simpler elements. This is illustrated by the derivation of a new four-node bilinear quadrilateral which achieves good accuracy without ostensible defect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-596
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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