Reissner-Mindlin Legendre Spectral Finite Elements with Mixed Reduced Quadrature

Kazh D. Brito, Michael A. Sprague

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Legendre spectral finite elements (LSFEs) are examined through numerical experiments for static and dynamic Reissner-Mindlin plate bending and a mixed-quadrature scheme is proposed. LSFEs are high-order Lagrangian-interpolant finite elements with nodes located at the Gauss-Lobatto-Legendre quadrature points. Solutions on unstructured meshes are examined in terms of accuracy as a function of the number of model nodes and total operations. While nodal-quadrature LSFEs have been shown elsewhere to be free of shear locking on structured grids, locking is demonstrated here on unstructured grids. LSFEs with mixed quadrature are, however, locking free and are significantly more accurate than low-order finite-elements for a given model size or total computation time.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)74-83
Number of pages10
JournalFinite Elements in Analysis and Design
StatePublished - Oct 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2C00-55114


  • Finite element
  • High order
  • Numerical methods
  • Reissner-Mindlin plate


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