Commutativity of the strain energy density expression for the benefit of the FEM implementation of Koiter's initial postbuckling theory

Li, Shuguang and Yan, Jiayi and Zhang, Guofan and Duan, Shihui (2018) Commutativity of the strain energy density expression for the benefit of the FEM implementation of Koiter's initial postbuckling theory. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering . ISSN 1097-0207

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Abstract

The concept of full commutativity of displacements in the expression for strain energy density for the geometrically nonlinear problem has been introduced for the first time and fully established in this paper. Its consequences for the FEM formulation have been demonstrated. As a result, the strain energy, equilibrium equation, and incremental equilibrium equation for the geometrically nonlinear problem can all be presented in a unified manner involving various stiffness matrices that are all symmetric, unique, and explicitly expressed. As an important application, the framework has been employed in the FEM implementation of Koiter's initial postbuckling theory, which has been handicapped by its mesh sensitivity in evaluating one of the initial postbuckling coefficients. This has largely prevented it from being incorporated in mainstream commercial FEM codes. Based on the outcomes of this paper, the mesh sensitivity problem has been completely resolved without the need to use any specially formulated element. As a result, Koiter's theory can be practically and straightforwardly implemented in any FEM code. The results have been verified against those found in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Li S, Yan J, Zhang G, Duan S. Commutativity of the strain energy density expression for the benefit of the FEM implementation of Koiter's initial postbuckling theory. Int J Numer Methods Eng. 2018:1–20. https://doi.org/10.1002/nme.5772, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/nme.5772. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Commutativity; Strain energy density; Geometrical nonlinearity; Finite element formulation; Koiter’s theory; Initial post-buckling theory
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/nme.5772
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 08:34
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 08:35
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50161

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