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A method to significantly improve finite element stress predictions

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dc.contributor.advisor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe. en_US
dc.contributor.author Payen, Daniel Jose en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-19T19:32:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-19T19:32:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/74984
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-129). en_US
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, we present a novel method to improve the finite element stress predictions in static, dynamic and nonlinear analyses of solids. We focus on the use of low-order displacement-based finite elements, 3-node and 4-node elements in two-dimensional (2D) solutions, and 4-node and 8-node elements in 3D solutions -- because these elements can be computationally efficient, provided good stress predictions are obtained. We give a variational basis of the new method and compare the procedure, and its performance, with other effective previously proposed stress improvement techniques. We observe that the stresses of the new method converge quadratically in ID and 2D solutions, i.e. with the same order as the displacements, and conclude that the new stress improvement method shows much promise for the analysis of solids, structures and multiphysics problems, to calculate improved stress predictions and to establish error measures. Highlights: --Novel stress improvement method is given for static, dynamic and nonlinear analysis of solids. --Focus is on the use of low-order elements. --Quadratic convergence is observed for the improved stresses. --Method is compared with existing techniques. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Daniel Jose Payen. en_US
dc.format.extent 129 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title A method to significantly improve finite element stress predictions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 815449135 en_US


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