Questions tagged [finite-element]

A means of solving ordinary and partial differential equations. The domain of the problem is broken up into elements, and the solution in each element is expanded in a basis of functions. The Finite Element Method lends itself well to adaptive refinement, irregular geometry, and good error estimates.

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Determine Lagrange nodal variables of a simplex $T$

Consider a simplex $T$ in $R^d$ with $N_1(T) = \left\{N_i\right\}_{i=0}^{d}\subset P_1^{*}(T)$ be the Lagrange nodal variables (or nodal evaluation). By the Riesz representation theorem, there exist ...
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Four-noded rectangular element shape functions

I works on a project where I need to compute a modal analysis of an acoustic cavity. The cavity is rigid which translates the problem to the following equation $$\frac{\partial^2p}{\partial{}x^2}+\...
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FEM oscillations for polynomials of degree 1

I have the following eliptic 1-D problem $$-\mu u'' + \beta u' = 1$$ $$u(0) = u'(1) = 1$$ where $\mu = 10e^{-5}$ and $\beta = 1$. For this specific problem I am using the following space steps $h=[0.1,...
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How to recognize boundary nodes and sides from the given element node connectivity data

I'm writing a code in C++ to parse abaqus/calculix input file for 2D plane stress problems. I'm not a user of abaqus/calculix but I noticed that the input file doesn't ask complete boundary details. ...
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Finite element method applied to 1D structural problem - what is wrong with body force?

I have quadratic finite element - shape function is quadratic. Element spans from 0 to 5. Body force is given by (in physical coordinates) $$f_b = \int_0^5 N(x)^T b(x) dx \approx \sum_{i=1}^3 N(\...
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stiffness matrix for 3D regular grid in FEM

I have understood the stiffness matrix for 3D truss, and programmed Ku=f from scratch (in Java) to find the displacements. Then I moved to 3D solid but lost in too many concepts and equations, such ...
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Euler-Bernoulli beam element versus continuum beam element

I am using OpenSees to model a simply supported beam with a point load in the middle. The model is in consistent units. The beam is made up of bilinear quad elements. I have used 30 elements along the ...
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How does the animation work in eigenvalue problem of FEM

I have used free vibration analysis in FEM. After analysis, we can usually use animation to see the motion of each eigenmode (In Abaqus or Comsol, I would choose either half harmonic or full harmonic)...
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Mixed formulation of the Poisson equation (FEM)

I'm solving the Dirichlet problem for the Poisson equation in a 2d domain $D$: $$ \begin{cases} \Delta u = 0 \quad \text{in $D$}, \\ u|_{\partial D} = u_0. \end{cases} $$ I'm interested in ...

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