On the Use of a Plane-Strain Model to Solve Generalized Plane-Strain Problems

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Shoufeng Hu

Materials Directorate, Wright Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

N. J. Pagano

Hamilton Standard, United Technologies Corporation

J. Appl. Mech 64(1), 236-238 (Mar 01, 1997) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2787280 History: Received September 08, 1995; Revised August 08, 1996; Online October 25, 2007


Many composite problems are generalized plane strain in nature. They are often solved using three-dimensional finite element analyses. We propose a technique to solve these problems with a plane-strain model, which is achieved by introducing some artificial out-of-plane thermal strains in a two-dimensional finite element analysis. These artificial thermal strains are chosen such that an identical stress field is obtained, while the actual strains and displacements can also be determined.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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