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A new flat shell finite element for the linear analysis of thin shell structures

Hamadi, D., Ayoub, A. & Abdelhafid, O. (2016). A new flat shell finite element for the linear analysis of thin shell structures. European Journal of Computational Mechanics, 24(6), pp. 232-255. doi: 10.1080/17797179.2016.1153401


In this paper, a new rectangular flat shell element denoted ‘ACM_RSBE5’ is presented. The new element is obtained by superposition of the new strain-based membrane element ‘RSBE5’ and the well-known plate bending element ‘ACM’. The element can be used for the analysis of any type of thin shell structures, even if the geometry is irregular. Comparison with other types of shell elements is performed using a series of standard test problems. A correlation study with an experimentally tested aluminium shell is also conducted. The new shell element proved to have a fast rate of convergence and to provide accurate results.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Computational Mechanics on 4 Mar 2016, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Flat shell element, thin shell, strain based approach, static condensation
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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