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# ME 565 Advanced Finite Element Analysis Assignment 1 Solution

## 2003 Pallavi Akula and Hormoz Zareh 1 Portland State University

Plate element benchmark comparison

Problem Statement:

A cantilever beam of z-cross section with an end couple force of 0.6 MN is
applied as shown in the figure.1 is a benchmark to test plate element type. The
benchmark value by NAFEMS
1
standard bench test reports the compressive axial stress at
the plate mid-surface to be -108 MPa at point P shown in the figure.

Figure.1
Ref:
1
National Agency for Finite Element Methods and Standards, Rev. 3, 1990 http://www.nafems.org

Objective:
The standard reported value is used to perform a convergence study of all the plate
elements available, namely linear and parabolic order triangle and quadrilateral elements.

Relevant data:
Material properties: E = 210 GPa, = 0.3.
Physical Properties: Mindlin plate element with thickness of 0.1m.

ME 565 Advanced Finite Element Analysis Assignment 1 Solution
2003 Pallavi Akula and Hormoz Zareh 2 Portland State University
A torque load of 1.2 MN-m is equivalent to a couple force of 0.6 MN applied at each
edge as a shear load is shown as the figure 2.

Constraints:
One end of the beam is clamped so as to simulate a cantilever beam
condition.

Figure 2

Check Points and Tips in this problem:

Check that you apply a shear force of 0.6 MPa in opposite directions at
two edges of the Z cross-section.
Check that you have changed the thickness from the default value.
Investigate whether the drilling degree of freedom has an effect
Check that you are looking for axial (Z) stress results.
Check that you are reading results at mid-layer of the plate element.
Check that there are two stress values reported at point P, while you query
the two adjacent elements related to the node at P. Average those two
values manually before keying into convergence plot.

ME 565 Advanced Finite Element Analysis Assignment 1 Solution
2003 Pallavi Akula and Hormoz Zareh 3 Portland State University

Convergence Study

No. of
Elements
Compressive Axial
Stress at P, MPa
51 113
80 111.5
280 111
312 111
660 110.5

Convergence study for linear quad elements
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The linear quadrilateral elements have converged at a mesh density of 280 elements.

ME 565 Advanced Finite Element Analysis Assignment 1 Solution
2003 Pallavi Akula and Hormoz Zareh 4 Portland State University

No. of Elements
Compressive
Axial Stress
at P, MPa
9 106.96
12 108.74
15 108.34
18 109.3
21 109.45
24 109.61
32 109.54

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The parabolic quadrilateral elements reach convergence at a very less mesh density of 24
elements.

ME 565 Advanced Finite Element Analysis Assignment 1 Solution
2003 Pallavi Akula and Hormoz Zareh 5 Portland State University

Linear Triangle Element

No. of
Elements
Compressive Axial
Stress at P, MPa
30 39.4
182 78.26
320 79.83
596 95.61
1062 99.05
1346 100

Convergence Study for linear Triangle
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Linear Triangle

Linear triangle element has converged with a higher mesh density of 1062 elements.

ME 565 Advanced Finite Element Analysis Assignment 1 Solution
2003 Pallavi Akula and Hormoz Zareh 6 Portland State University

Parabolic Triangle Element

No. of
Elements
Compressive Axial
Stress at P, MPa
54 118
82 117.7
182 112.6
320 111.09
596 111.05
1346 110.9

Convergence study for Parabolic Triangle
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Parabolic Triangle

The convergence of parabolic triangle elements has improved compared to linear triangle
elements. They converge at mesh distribution of 320 elements.

ME 565 Advanced Finite Element Analysis Assignment 1 Solution
2003 Pallavi Akula and Hormoz Zareh 7 Portland State University

Comparison
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