In the framework of finite elements (FEs) applications, this paper proposes the use of the node-dependent kinematics (NDK) concept to the large deflection and post-buckling analysis of thin-walled metallic one-dimensional (1D) structures. Thin-walled structures could easily exhibit local phenomena which would require refinement of the kinematics in parts of them. This fact is particularly true whenever these thin structures undergo large deflection and post-buckling. FEs with kinematics uniform in each node could prove inappropriate or computationally expensive to solve these locally dependent deformations. The concept of NDK allows kinematics to be independent in each element node; therefore, the theory of structures changes continuously over the structural domain. NDK has been successfully applied to solve linear problems by the authors in previous works. It is herein extended to analyze in a computationally efficient manner nonlinear problems of beam-like structures. The unified 1D FE model in the framework of the Carrera Unified Formulation (CUF) is referred to. CUF allows introducing, at the node level, any theory/kinematics for the evaluation of the cross-sectional deformations of the thin-walled beam. A total Lagrangian formulation along with full Green–Lagrange strains and 2nd Piola Kirchhoff stresses are used. The resulting geometrical nonlinear equations are solved with the Newton–Raphson linearization and the arc-length type constraint. Thin-walled metallic structures are analyzed, with symmetric and asymmetric C-sections, subjected to transverse and compression loadings. Results show how FE models with NDK behave as well as their convenience with respect to the classical FE analysis with the same kinematics for the whole nodes. In particular, zones which undergo remarkable deformations demand high-order theories of structures, whereas a lower-order theory can be employed if no local phenomena occur: this is easily accomplished by NDK analysis. Remarkable advantages are shown in the analysis of thin-walled structures with transverse stiffeners.
Large deflection and post-buckling of thin-walled structures by finite elements with node-dependent kinematics / Carrera, E.; Pagani, A.; Augello, R.. - In: ACTA MECHANICA. - ISSN 0001-5970. - STAMPA. - 232(2021), pp. 591-617.
|Titolo:||Large deflection and post-buckling of thin-walled structures by finite elements with node-dependent kinematics|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00707-020-02857-7|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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