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Edited by: B.H.V. Topping, G. Montero and R. Montenegro
Paper 197

Transient Elastodynamic Analysis of Plane Structures Using Coons-Patch Macroelements and Modal Superposition

C.G. Provatidis

Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

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C.G. Provatidis, "Transient Elastodynamic Analysis of Plane Structures Using Coons-Patch Macroelements and Modal Superposition", in B.H.V. Topping, G. Montero, R. Montenegro, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 197, 2006. doi:10.4203/ccp.83.197
Keywords: elastodynamics, plane structures, large finite elements, modal analysis.

Early attempts to develop approximate methods by Ritz [1], Galerkin [2] and Trefftz [3] were based on global approximation of the displacement within the whole structure. Later, finite element methods (FEM) suggested several local approximation schemes as overviewed by Zienkiewicz [4] and Bathe [5]. However, due to high manual effort required for mesh generation as well as further needs for increased accuracy in calculations, a lot of attempts have been made in order to replace or improve conventional finite element methods. In this context, boundary element methods (e.g. Brebbia and Dominguez [6]) have been applied to the whole spectrum of mechanics as well as meshless and mesh-free techniques (Atluri [7], Liu [8]) have been applied for a over a decade. Concerning the particular area of dynamic analysis of structures, substructuring and dynamic condensation techniques aiming to reduce the order of the equations system have been applied by Guyan [9] and other researchers.

Within this context, the author has previously proposed a global approximation approach by constructing large finite elements with the nodal points mostly along the boundaries. The background of the relevant method is Coons' interpolation formula [10]. This method has been successfully applied to static and eigenvalue elasticity problems [11,12]. Concerning transient analysis, a preliminary study under uniform tensile loading using a Poisson's ratio of zero value in conjunction with a central-difference time-integration scheme has led to promising results [13]. Moreover, the proposed Coons-patch macroelements (CPM) have been successfully applied to potential time-dependent (hyperbolic and parabolic) problems [14,15].

This paper further investigates the applicability of two-dimensional Coons macroelements to solve transient dynamical problems using modal superposition and compare with conventional FEM for two typical test cases chosen from literature. The first example refers to a rectangular cantilever of dimensions (2x4 m2) under impulsive flexural load while the second to a dam-like structure subject to sinusoidal excitation. The proposed CPM methodology is successfully compared with conventional four-node FEM with the same boundary discretization. It was found that in the current formulation only consistent global mass matrices are applicable.

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