A spatial thin beam finite element based on the absolute nodal coordinate formulation without singularities

Karin Nachbagauer, Peter G. Gruber, Yury Vetyukov, Johannes Gerstmayr

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Abstract

A three-dimensional nonlinear finite element for thin beams is proposed within the absolute nodal coordinate formulation (ANCF). The deformation of the element is described by means of displacement vector, axial slope and axial rotation parameter per node. The element is based on the Bernoulli-Euler theory and can undergo coupled axial extension, bending and torsion in the large deformation case. Singularities - which are typically caused by such parameterizations - are overcome by a director per element node. Once the directors are properly defined, a cross sectional frame is defined at any point of the beam axis. Since the director is updated during computation, no singularities occur. The proposed element is a three-dimensional ANCF Bernoulli-Euler beam element free of singularities and without transverse slope vectors. Detailed convergence analysis by means of various numerical examples and comparison to analytical solutions shows the performance and accuracy of the element.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011
Pages909-917
Number of pages9
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 201131 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume4

Conference

ConferenceASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period28.08.201131.08.2011

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