Date of Award

Fall 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Program/Concentration

Mechanical Engineering

Committee Director

Gene J.W. Hou

Committee Member

Duc T. Nguyen

Committee Member

Xiaoyo Zhang

Abstract

The multiple point constraint (MPC)-based variable node element is introduced in this study to handle mismatched meshes between sub-domains in finite element analysis. The MPC-variable node element is a collection of a group of elements. The compatibility condition along the interface boundary is imposed along the edge of these elements through Lagrange multipliers. The Elimination method is then used to remove the effects of the dependent nodes in these elements to produce a single MPC-based variable node element. The derived variable node elements are applied to solve two plane strain problems in order to validate the accuracy of the proposed MPC-based variable node element.

DOI

10.25777/q2qf-rw19

ORCID

0000-0003-0430-1663

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