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Limit analysis of plates using the EFG method and second-order cone programming

Le, Canh V., Gilbert, Matthew and Askes, Harm (2009) Limit analysis of plates using the EFG method and second-order cone programming. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 78 (13). pp. 1532-1552. ISSN 0029-5981

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The meshless element-free Galerkin (EFG) method is extended to allow computation of the limit load of plates. A kinematic formulation that involves approximating the displacement field using the moving least-squares technique is developed. Only one displacement variable is required for each EFG node, ensuring that the total number of variables in the resulting optimization problem is kept to a minimum, with far fewer variables being required compared with finite element formulations using compatible elements. A stabilized conforming nodal integration scheme is extended to plastic plate bending problems. The evaluation of integrals at nodal points using curvature smoothing stabilization both keeps the size of the optimization problem small and also results in stable and accurate solutions. Difficulties imposing essential boundary conditions are overcome by enforcing displacements at the nodes directly. The formulation can be expressed as the problem of minimizing a sum of Euclidean norms subject to a set of equality constraints. This non-smooth minimization problem can be transformed into a form suitable for solution using second-order cone programming. The procedure is applied to several benchmark beam and plate problems and is found in practice to generate good upper-bound solutions for benchmark problems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: limit analysis • EFG method • nodal integration • second-order cone programming
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (Sheffield)
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Depositing User: Dr Canh Le
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010 14:25
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nme.2535
Status: Published
Publisher: John Wiley
Refereed: No
Identification Number: 10.1002/nme.2535
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10835

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