A conical shell finite element

Raju, I. S. ; Venkateswara Rao, G. ; Prakasa Rao, B. ; Venkataramana, J. (1974) A conical shell finite element Computers & Structures, 4 (4). pp. 901-915. ISSN 0045-7949

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In the analysis of rocket and missiles structures one frequently encounters cylindrical and cornica' shells. A simple finite element which fits the above configuration is obviously a conical shell finite element. In this paper stiffness matrix for a conical shell finite element is derived using Novozhilov's strain-displacement relations for a conical shell. Numerical integration is carried out to ge. the stiffness matrix. The element has 28 degrees-of-freedom and is nonconforming. An eigenvalue analysis of the stiffness matrix showed that it contains all the rigid body modes (six in this case) adequately, which is one of the convergence criteria. An advantage of this element is that a cylindrical shell, an annular segment flat plate, a rectangular flat plate elements can easily be obtained as degenerate cases. The effectiveness of this element is shown through a variety of numerical examples pertaining to annular plate, cylindrical shell and conical shell problems. Comparison of the present solution is made with the existing ones wherever possible. The comparison shows that the present element is superior in some respects to the existing elements.

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