Thin Plates and Shells

  • James F. Doyle
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


The distribution of displacement and stress fields throughout a generally loaded structure is very complicated and only computational methods can give effective solutions. The key to the finite element method is discretizing the structure into a collection of small regions that are easier to handle. Figure 2.1 shows some examples of thin-walled structures modeled as a collection of many triangular subregions. This chapter considers the formulation of these triangular elements.


Thin Plate Stress Function Hoop Stress Curve Beam Nodal Load 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • James F. Doyle
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  1. 1.Department of Aeronautics and AstronauticsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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