This paper presents a state of the art review on geometrically nonlinear analysis of shell structures that is limited to the co-rotational approach and to flat triangular shell finite elements. These shell elements are built up from flat triangular membranes and plates. We propose an element comprised of the constant strain triangle (CST) membrane element and the discrete Kirchhoff (DKT) plate element and describe its formulation while stressing two main issues: the derivation of the geometric stiffness matrix and the isolation of the rigid body motion from the total deformations. We further use it to solve a broad class of problems from the literature to validate its use.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Applied Mathematics