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Plate Bending Elements with Discrete Constraints: New Triangular Elements

Zienkiewicz, O. C.; Taylor, Robert L.; Papadopoulos, Panayiotis; Oņate, Eugenio

UCB/SEMM-1989/09, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-03, 46 pages

Elements based on Reissner-Mindlin assumptions and using discrete (collocation type)constraints have proved effective but their relation to straight-forward approximations was not clear. In this paper this relationship is discussed and the reasons for the their success is explained allowing for new triangular elements to be developed.

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