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DOI 10.1007/s00466-011-0666-6

O R I G I N A L PA P E R

Analysis of anisotropic Kirchhoff plates using a novelhypersingular BEM

M. Wnsche F. Garca-Snchez A. Sez

Received: 7 June 2011 / Accepted: 16 November 2011 / Published online: 7 December 2011

Springer-Verlag 2011

Abstract In this article a hypersingular boundary element

method (BEM) for bending of thin anisotropic plates is pre-sented. A new complex variable fundamental solution is

implemented in the algorithm. For spatial discretization a

collocation method with discontinuous quadratic elements is

adopted. The domain integrals arising from the transversely

applied load are transformed analytically into boundary inte-

grals by means of the radial integration technique. The

considered numerical examples prove that the novel BEM

formulation presented in this study is much more efficient

than previous formulations developed for the analysis of this

kind of problems.

Keywords Complex fundamental solutionKirchhoff plate bending Anisotropic materials

Boundary element method

1 Introduction

Plate bending problems are a classical and crucial task in

the engineering design of thin structures. Different numeri-

calmethods such as thewell developed finite element method

(FEM) (e.g., [31]) and various meshless methods (e.g.,

[15,24,26]) have been investigated for Kirchhoff plates in

M. Wnsche A. Sez

Departamento de Mecnica de Medios Continuos, Universidad de

Sevilla, Camino de los Descubrimientos s/n, 41092 Sevilla, Spain

e-mail: [email protected]

A. Sez

e-mail: [email protected]

F. Garca-Snchez (B)

Departamento de Ingeniera Civil, de Materiales y Fabricacion,

Universidad de Mlaga, C/ Dr. Ortiz Ramos s/n, 29071 Mlaga, Spain

e-mail: [email protected]

the last years. The boundary element method (BEM) has

been successfully applied to isotropic Kirchhoff plate bend-ing problems (e.g.,[3,7,10,20,21,25,27,28]).

A more detailed review of the different BEMformulations

for plate bending problems can be found in [2].

In contrast to isotropic materials, the number of papers

devoted to Kirchhoff plate bending problems in anisotropic

materials is rather limited. The extension and applications of

the BEM to generally anisotropic thin plates has been suc-

cessfully done by Shi and Bzine[23]. In this study, a real

variable fundamental solution given by Wu and Altiero [30]

is implemented. This fundamental solution involves cumber-

some expressions and the resulting BEM approach loses part

of its advantages in comparison to other numerical meth-

ods. Additionally, it is worth to mention that this formula-

tion involves domain integrals arising from the transversely

applied loads. Such domain integrals are computed directly

by cell integration in the work of Shi and Bzine [23]. In this

case, an additional mesh must be defined in the domain.

Rajamohan and Raamachandran [22] developed an alter-

native algorithm by the use of particular solutions to avoid

the domain discretization. However, depending on the prob-

lem, the use of particular solutions can be a complex task.

Albuquerque et al.[1] used the radial integration technique,

introduced by Gao [8], to transform the domain integrals

into boundary ones. Here again, the implementation of the

fundamental solution given by Wu and Altiero [30] leads to

somehow cumbersome expressions. To avoid the use of the

complicated real variable fundamental solution, Dong et al.

[5] developed a Trefftz boundary collocation method. In this

method, two arbitrary complex variable analytical functions

are expressed in the form of power series to solve the result-

ing boundary value problem.

Lu and co-workers[18,16,17] and Hwu and co-workers

[11,12] applied theStrohformalismto bending of anisotropic

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plates and obtained complex variable fundamental solutions

for this kind of problems. Recently, Hwu [13] has presented

a BEM approach based on his fundamental solution [11].

In that study complex forms are converted in real forms

through the use of some identities getting rather laborious

expressions.

Maksimenko and Podruzhin [19] presented a complex

variable fundamental solution, based on the classical theoryof bending of thin anisotropic plates following the Lekhnit-

skii elastic complex potentials [14]. This complex variable

fundamental solution has an expression more compact and

easierto handlethan theones above mentioned. Furthermore,

its structure allows us to use the regularization technique,

over singular and hypersingular integrals, implemented by

Garca-Snchez et al. [9] for crack problems in anisotropic

2D solids.

In this article, we present a more general and powerful

hypersingular BEM approach for bending problems of plates

with generally anisotropic and linear elastic material behav-

ior based on Maksimenko and Podruzhin [19] fundamentalsolution.

To solve the strongly singularand the hypersingularbound-

ary integral equations(BIEs), a collocation method is adopted

with quadratic discontinuous elements in order to fulfil the

C1-continuity requirement of the transverse displacements

in the hypersingular BIE. By using quadratic discontinuous

elements the required boundary integrations are carried out

numerically by applying a regularization technique based on

a suitable changeof variable[9]. Thedomain integralsarising

from the transversely applied load are transformed analyti-

cally into boundary ones by using the radial integration tech-

nique [8] and therefore no domain discretization is needed.

To illustrate the accuracy and the efficiency of the present

BEM approach, several numerical examples are presented

and discussed.

It should be stressed here that the novelty of the present

paper lies in the combination and implementation of algo-

rithms and ideas that had been previously presented in the

literature together with a new fundamental solution, so that

the resulting BEM approach is clearly more efficient in terms

of implementation and computational costthan previous BEM

formulations.

2 Problem statement and boundary integral equations

for anisotropic plate bending

Let us consider a homogeneous, anisotropic and linear elas-

tic thin plate denoted by with boundary , see Fig.1. A

cartesian system of reference with x3 perpendicular to the

plate is used so that a point of the plate can be designated as

x =(x1,x2).

Fig. 1 Sketch of thin anisotropic plate indicating the reference system

A general distributed load, p (x), is applied over a zone of

the domain denoted byp with boundaryp .

In the most general case, the boundary can be consid-

ered decomposed into three parts: a clamped part denoted

by c, a simply supported part denoted by s and a free

part denoted by f . Considering so, we can write: =

c s f, c s = , c f = ands f = .

Under the Kirchhoff assumptions, the above mentioned

boundary conditions can be defined as follows:

Clamped boundary conditions:

w(x)= 0,w (x)

n=0, x c. (1)

Simply-supported boundary conditions:

w(x)= 0,Mn(x)= 0, x s . (2)

Free edge boundary conditions:

Mn(x)= 0, Vn (x)= 0, x f. (3)

In Eqs. (13) w(x),Mn (x) and Vn(x) are, respectively,

the transverse displacement, the bending moment and the

Kirchhoff equivalent shear force at a point x = (x1,x2) of

the plate and n denotes the outward unit normal to the bound-

ary.

The transverse displacement field satisfies the following

governing equation, [14]:

D11 4w(x)

x41+ 4D16

4w(x)

x31 x2+ 2(D12+ 2D66)

4w(x)

x21 x22

+ 4D26

4w(x)

x1x32 + D22

4w(x)

x42 = p(x), (4)

where Di j are the flexural rigidities of the anisotropic plate

defined as:

Di j = t3Ci j

12, (5)

withCi j (i, j =1, 2, 6)being the elasticity matrix andt the

thickness of the plate.

In order to find the transversal displacements field satisfy-

ingEq. (4), a boundary valueproblem canbe setout governed

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by the boundary integral equation (BIE) previously derived

byShiandBezine[23]. In their study Shiand Bezineestablish

the BIE for Kirchhoffs anisotropic plate bending problems

by using the generalized Rayleigh-Green identity. Such rec-

iprocity relation is applied between the solution to the bend-

ing problem under study and the fundamental solution, i.e.,

the bending response of an infinite plate under a transversal

unit point load. To this end, the only requirement is that thefundamental solution holds a sufficient degree of continuity

that satisfy both the real-valued fundamental solution in Shi

and Bezines work[23] and the complex variable solution

resulting from Maksimenko and Podruzhins approach [19],

as derived in next section. Therefore, the resulting BIE coin-

cides with the following, as obtained by Shi and Bezine[23]

12

w(x) +

VGn (x, y)w(y) M

Gn (x, y)

w

n(y)

dy

+

Kc

j =1

RGcj (x, y)wcj (y)

=

wG (x, y)Vn(y)

wG

n(x, y)Mn(y)

dy

+

Kcj =1

wGcj (x, y)Rcj (y)+

p

wG (x, y)p(y)d. (6)

The notation and terms in Eq. (6)should be understood as

follows:

()/n is the directional derivative along the outward

normal to the boundary, defined by

()

n=

()

y1n1+

()

y2n2. (7)

The termswcj and Rcj are, respectively, the transversal

displacement and the thin-plate reaction at node j.

Kc is the number of corners of the plate.

()G stands for the fundamental solution [19]. wG (x, y),

MGn (x, y), VG

n (x, y),RGcj

(x, y) are, respectively, the

fundamental solution transversal displacement, bending

moment, shear force and thin-plate j th corner reaction.

In those expressions,x stands for the source or colloca-tion point, i.e., the point where the load is applied and

y is a general point of the plate where the response of

the plate is calculated. The relations among them are as

follows

MGn (x, y) =

f1

2wG (x, y)

y21+ f2

2wG (x, y)

y1y2

+f32wG (x, y)

y22

, (8)

VGn (x, y) =

h1

3wG (x, y)

y31

+ h23wG (x, y)

y21 y2+h3

3wG (x, y)

y1y22

+ h43wG (x, y)

y32

1

Rh5

2wG (x, y)

y21

+ h62wG (x, y)

y1y2+h7

2wG (x, y)

y22

, (9)

RGcj (x, y) =

g1

2wG (x, y)

y21

+ g2 2wG (x, y)

y1y2+g3

2wG (x, y)

y22

,

(10)

where the terms fi , hi andgi are defined in AppendixAandR is the radius of curvature in a smooth point of the

boundary.

The expression ofw G (x, y)will be detailed in epigraph

3.

By considering the boundary conditions (13) it is easy

to see that Eq. (6) involves two known and two unknown

boundary values, so an additional BIE is needed to get a

closed system of equations.

This new BIE can be set up by differentiating Eq. (6) in

the direction of the outward unit normal vector at source

point x. Calling n0this normal vector and differentiating we

obtain

1

2

w (x)

n0

+

VGn (x, y)

n0w(y)

MGn (x, y)

n0

w(y)

n

dy

+

Kcj =1

RGcj (x, y)

n0wcj (y)

=

wG (x, y)

n0Vn(y)

2wG (x, y)

n0nMn(y)

dy

+

Kcj =1

wGcj (x, y)

n0Rcj (y) +

p

wG (x, y)

n0p(y)d.

(11)

From a numerical point of view, the kernels of integrals

in Eqs. (6) and (11) can be classified as shown in Table1.

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Table 1 Numerical behavior of the fundamental solution and its deriv-

atives when the integration point tends to the source point

FS term Numerical behavior

wG , w G /n, w G /n0 Regular

MGn , 2wG /n0n Weakly singular: O (ln (r))

VGn , MGn /n0 Strongly singular:O (r

1)

VGn /n0 Hypersingular: O (r2)

3 Complex fundamental solution for anisotropic

materials

The fundamental solutions play an essential role in solving

problems with the BEM since they have a strong influence

on the efficiency of the solution algorithm.

In this study a new complex variable fundamental solution

has been derived following the guidelines given in the study

by Maksimenko and Podruzhin [19]. In doing so, the expres-

sion for the transversal displacements at a general point y of

an infinite anisotropic plate, under a point force applied on a

pointx can be written as

wG (x, y)=

2m=1

Am

dm (y x)2

log

dm (y x)

3

2

. (12)

In Eq.(12) stands for real part, dm = (1, m )and Amis defined by

Am =(1)m1

(m 1)(m 2), (13)

being = i1122

2D11(1 2), i the roots of the charac-

teristic equation of the material and denoting the complex

conjugate.

For the case we are analyzing the characteristic equation

of the material takes the form:

D224 +4D26

3 + 2(D12+ 2D66)2

+4D16+ D11 = 0. (14)

This equation has four complex roots that appear as two

pairs of complex conjugates. Throughout the article, the con-

sidered roots are only the ones with positive imaginary part.

The concise mathematical expression (in cartesian coor-

dinates) of this fundamental solution makes the required

derivations, according to Eqs. (6)and (11), very simple. The

final expressions are much more compact than the ones (in

polar coordinates) used, for instance, by Sih and Bzine [23].

Moreover, this fundamental solution has a quite

similar mathematical structure as the one developed by

Eshelby et al. [6] and Cruse [4] for plane anisotropic prob-

lems and, therefore, the algorithms developed in [9] to deal

with singular and hypersingular boundary integrals can be

applied.

The rest of the terms of the fundamental solution appear-

ing in BIEs(6)and (11)are given in AppendixA.

4 Transformation of the domain integrals

into boundary integrals

The boundary integral Eqs. (6) and (11) involve domain inte-

grals arising from the transversely applied loads.

These domain integrals can be computed directly by cell

integration over p [23]. By doing so, an additional mesh

has to be defined in the domain and the BEM would lose its

basic idea and main advantage.

In the present study, the domain integrals are transformed

analytically into boundary integrals by using the radial inte-

gration technique [1,8]. In order to do this, polar coordinates

must be introduced, see Fig.2:

y1 =rcos + x1 := cos ,

y2 =rsin + x2 := sin . (15)

Using these definitions, the domain integrals in Eqs. (6)

and (11)can be expressed as

P =

p

wG (x, y)p(y)d

=

r0

wG ( , )p(, )dd, (16)

Pn =

p

wG (x, y)

n0p(y)d

d

rd

Fig. 2 Sketch supporting the radial integration technique for the trans-

formation of the domain integrals into boundary ones

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=

r0

wG ( , )

n0p(, )dd, (17)

where p(y)is a general distributed transversal load.

If the field point is located on the boundary of the loaded

zone p, therelationship between thearc lengthand theinfin-

itesimal length of the boundary d, see Fig. 2, can be written

as [8,1]

d = cos

rd =

er

rd , (18)

where is the angle between the outward unit normal to

p, , and the unit vector er.

Substituting the fundamental solution (12)inEqs. (16)and

(17), taking into account Eq. (18) and the following relation

dm (y x)= r(cos + msin ), (19)

we obtain

P =p

er

r

r0

p(, )

2m=1

Amr3(cos + msin )

2

log

r(cos + msin )

3

2

dd, (20)

and

Pn =

p

er

r

r0

p(, )

2

m=1

2Am (n01+ m n02)r2(cos + msin )

log

r(cos + msin )

1

dd . (21)

To derive Eq. (21) the expression ofwG (x, y)/n0given

by Eq.(35), is considered.

The inner integrals in Eqs.(20) and(21) can be computed

analytically, without difficulty, for the most common loading

configurations. By doing so, the domain integrals involved

in Eqs. (16) and (17) are transformed into boundary ones.

AppendixB shows the analytical integration for uniformly,

linearly and quadratic distributed loads.

It is worth to mention here again that this analytical trans-

formation becomes very simply due to the use of the consid-

ered complex fundamental solution.

5 Numerical solution algorithm

To solve the BIEs (6) and(11), a collocation method with

discontinuous quadratic elements is developed.

The use of discontinuous elements is adopted in order

to fulfill theC1-continuity requirement of the transverse dis-

placements necessary to obtain the hypersingular BIE (11). A

detailed description on discontinuous elements can be found,

for instance, in Garca-Snchez et al.[9] and Aliabadi [2].

To compute numerically the strongly singular and hyper-

singular integrals involved in BIEs (6) and(11) numerically

a regularization technique, based on a suitable change ofvariable [9], is applied in this article. This technique is inde-

pendent of the shape of the elements, straight or curved. Nev-

ertheless, this formulation allows analytical integration for

straight elements.

Unlike BEM formulations published so far, e.g. [1,23],

that can only be used over straight elements, this technique

can be used indistinctly over straight or curved elements.

Regarding the radial integration technique, implemented

to transform volume integrals in boundary ones for the load

terms, the applied load is approximated by piecewise qua-

dratic functions according to the geometry of the plate and

the boundary values.After spatial discretization, the BIEs(6) and (11)lead to

a system of linear algebraic equations that can be written as

V M RVn Mn Rn

V M R

ww

nwc

=

W W

n W

Wn Wnn Wn

W Wn W

VnMnRc

+

P

Pn

Pc

. (22)

Note that for the corners expressed in the third line of

Eq. (22)only the first BIE (6) is required. By invoking theboundary conditions (13), Eq. (22) can be rearranged to

yield a system of linear algebraic equations

A =b, (23)

whereis the vector of the unknown boundary values, A is

the system matrix and b is the vector containing the known

boundary values.

6 Numerical examples

In the following, some examples are presented to show the

efficiency and accuracy of the developed formulation. As

benchmark analytical results have been used when they exist,

otherwisenumericalresults afterconvergence have beencon-

sidered as reference.

For comparison purposes, numerical results obtained

using the commercial FEM program ANSYS are included.

The element used for all FEM computations is the

SHELL63 (ANSYS nomenclature). This element has four

nodes and six degrees of freedom at each one.

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Fig. 3 Plate with simply supported edges under uniformly distributed

load

6.1 Square plate under uniformly distributed load, simply

supported edges

In the first example, see Fig.3,we consider a homogeneous

square plate of thickness t = 0.01 m with simply sup-

ported edges under a uniformly distributed load p(x1,x2)=

0.01 MPa.The geometry is defined byh =l =0.5 m. The material

is considered orthotropic with properties

E1 = 206.8 G Pa , E2 = E1/15,

G12 =0.6055 G Pa , 12 = 0.3. (24)

The principal directions of the material are considered

parallel to thex1 x2 axis.

Analytical results obtained by Timoshenko and Woinows-

ki-Krieger [29] are used as the benchmark solution. Accord-

ing to this reference, the transversal displacements at points

A(0, 0)and B (l/2, h/2)are w(A)= 8.1258 mm andw(B)

=4.5211 mm.

In Table2 these reference results are compared with the

ones obtained, for several meshes, using the present formu-

lation and ANSYS.

It can be seen that errors of order 0.1% are obtained using

only one element by side (four elements in total) for the pres-

ent BEM formulation. In order to obtain an equivalent level

of accuracy for FEM results more than 16 elements by side

(256 elements in total) are needed.

It is evident that the accuracy of the present formulation

is, for the analyzed case, much higher than the one of the

FEM and less mesh-depending.

As it has been indicated, the domain integral arising from

the load terms are transformed into boundary integrals by

the radial integration technique. All BEM computations are

done using two elements per side for the boundary of the

loaded domain, p , which in this case coincides with the

whole plate.

In order to show how the discretization of the boundary of

the loaded zone influences the solution, different numbers of

divisions per edge ofp are investigated. Numerical results

at points Aand B for the used meshes are shown in Table3.

Table 2 BEM and FEM results versus analytical solution

El./edge w(A)(m) dif. (%) w(B)(mm) dif. (%)

BEM

1 8.1360 0.126 4.5360 0.330

2 8.1297 0.048 4.5264 0.117

4 8.1272 0.017 4.5225 0.031

8 8.1261 0.004 4.5214 0.007

16 8.1259 0.001 4.5211 0.0

32 8.1258 0.0 4.5211 0.0

FEM

4 7.8321 3.614 4.1366 8.505

8 8.0615 0.791 4.3998 2.683

16 8.1117 0.174 4.4890 0.710

32 8.1224 0.042 4.5130 0.179

64 8.1250 0.010 4.5190 0.046

128 8.1256 0.002 4.5205 0.013

188 8.1257 0.001 4.5208 0.007

Results for transversal displacements at points A(0, 0) andB(l/2, h/2)for several meshes

Table 3 Transversal displacements at points A(0, 0)and B (l/2, h/2)

using different meshes for the integration of load terms

Divisions/edge w(A)(mm ) w(B)(mm )

1 8.1259 4.5210

2 8.1259 4.5211

4 8.1259 4.5211

8 8.1259 4.5211

16 8.1259 4.5211

32 8.1259 4.5211

The transversal displacements obtained for several divi-

sions of the loaded zone show a very stable behavior regard-

ing this parameter. The differences between 1 and 32 ele-

ments per side are about 0.002% or even smaller. This result

confirms the expected [8] robustness and accuracy of the

present approach regarding the transformation of the domain

integrals to the boundary ones.

Figure4shows the agreement for the transverse displace-

ment fields obtained by the present BEM (left) and by the

FEM (right) for the whole plate.

6.2 Square plate under uniformly distributed load,

clamped edges

In the second example, a homogeneous square plate with

clamped edgesunder uniformly distributedload (p(x1,x2)=

0.01 MPa) is investigated, see Fig.5.

The dimensions and the material of the plate are the same

as in the previous case.

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Fig. 4 Transverse displacement fields obtained by the present BEM

(lef t) and the FEM using ANSYS (right)

Fig. 5 Plate with clamped edges under uniformly distributed load

Table 4 Comparison BEM versus FEM

El./edge w(A)(mm) dif. (%) w(B)(mm) dif. (%)

BEM

1 1.6332 1.359 0.7156 2.9788

2 1.6100 0.081 0.6938 0.158

4 1.6113 0.0 0.6950 0.014

8 1.6113 0.0 0.6949 0.0

16 1.6113 0.0 0.6949 0.0

32 1.6113 0.0 0.6949 0.0

FEM

4 1.8953 17.626 0.7137 2.705

8 1.6961 5.263 0.6984 0.504

16 1.6333 1.365 0.6957 0.115

32 1.6169 0.348 0.6951 0.029

64 1.6127 0.087 0.6949 0.0

128 1.6117 0.025 0.6949 0.0188 1.6115 0.012 0.6949 0.0

Transversal displacements results at points A(0, 0) and B(l/2, h/2),

several meshes

BEM results versus FEM ones using several meshes are

shown in Tables 4 and 5. The formerone is for transversal dis-

placements at points A(0, 0)and B(l/2, h/2)and the latter

one for bending moments at points C(0, h)and D (l, 0).

Table 5 Comparison BEM versus FEM

Mx2 (C) 100 Mx1 (D) 100

El./edge (N m/m) dif. (%) (N m/m) dif. (%)

BEM

1 1.4408 0.153 9.0756 2.192

3 1.4391 0.03 8.8866 0.064

7 1.4386 0.0 8.8811 0.002

11 1.4386 0.0 8.8810 0.001

21 1.4386 0.0 8.8809 0.0

33 1.4386 0.0 8.8809 0.0

FEM

4 1.6484 14.584 8.6789 2.275

8 1.5877 10.364 8.7798 1.138

16 1.4789 2.801 8.8612 0.222

32 1.4485 0.688 8.8762 0.053

64 1.4410 0.167 8.8798 0.012

128 1.4392 0.042 8.8807 0.002

188 1.4388 0.014 8.8808 0.001

Bending moments results at pointsC(0, h) andD(l, 0), several meshes

In this example, the constant value reached for the present

approach are considered as benchmark:

w(A)= 1.6113 mm

w(B)= 0.6949 mm

Mx2 (C) 100= 1.4386N m/m (25)

Mx1 (D) 100= 8.8809N m/m

As in the previous case, transversal displacements and

bending moments of the present BEM are quite stable for all

investigated boundary divisions. The maximum difference in

the transversal displacements is about 3% and in the bending

moments 2%. Less than 10 elements per side are enough to

get results with differences smaller than 0.001%. This fact

confirms again the accuracy and efficiency of the present

formulation.

Once again, in the FEM model it is necessary to use a

number of elements three orders higher than the number of

elements used in the BEM model to get a comparable level

of accuracy.

6.3 Quasi-isotropic clamped square plate subjected

to linearly distributed load

In the next example, Fig.6,a homogeneous quasi-isotropic

square plate with clamped edges is investigated. A linearly

distributed load is considered. This load is defined as

p(x1,x2)= p0x1+ l

2l; p0 =0.01M Pa . (26)

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Fig. 6 Plate with clamped edges under linearly distributed load

Table 6 Comparison BEM versus FEM

El./edge Mx2 (A)a dif. (%) Mx1 (B)

a dif. [%]

BEM

1 0.0254 1.550 0.0336 0.599

3 0.0258 0.0 0.0336 0.599

7 0.0258 0.0 0.0336 0.599

11 0.0258 0.0 0.0336 0.59921 0.0258 0.0 0.0336 0.599

33 0.0258 0.0 0.0336 0.599

FEM

4 0.0221 14.341 0.0272 18.563

8 0.0250 3.101 0.0322 3.593

16 0.0256 0.775 0.0332 0.599

32 0.0257 0.388 0.0335 0.299

64 0.0257 0.388 0.0335 0.299

128 0.0257 0.388 0.0335 0.299

188 0.0258 0.0 0.0336 0.599

a [M/(p0

l2) 102]

Dimensionless bending moments results at pointsA(0, h)and B (l, 0),

several meshes

The geometry is determined by t =0.01 m andh =l =

0.5 m.

The following quasi-isotropic material properties are con-

sidered

E1 = 210.0G Pa , E2 = 209.9G Pa ,

G12 = 76.92G Pa , 12 = 0.3. (27)

The bending moments at points A(0, h) and B(l, 0) arepresented in Table6while transversal displacements at point

C(0, 0)are given in Table7.

The following dimensionless analytical results, obtained

by Timoshenko and Woinowski-Krieger [29], are used as

benchmarks

w(C)E2h3/(p0l

4) 103 =6.8776

Mx2 (A)/(p0l2) 102 =0.0258 (28)

Mx1 (B)/(p0l2) 102 =0.0334.

Table 7 Comparison BEM versus FEM

w(C)

El./edge [wE2h3/(p0l

4) 103] dif. (%)

BEM

1 6.9371 0.865

3 6.9624 1.233

7 6.9616 1.22111 6.9616 1.221

21 6.9616 1.221

33 6.9616 1.221

FEM

4 7.5167 9.292

8 7.1112 3.397

16 6.9988 1.762

32 6.9709 1.357

64 6.9639 1.255

128 6.9622 1.230

188 6.9619 1.226

Dimensionless transversal displacements results at pointC(0, 0), sev-

eral meshes

Again, bending moments and transversal displacements

obtained by the present BEMagree very well with the analyt-

ical solution [29] for all investigated meshes. The maximum

difference is about 0.6% for the bending moments using only

two elements per side and 1.2% for the transversal displace-

ments using seven element per boundary.

In contrast, the numerical results from the FEM show a

stronger sensitivity to the mesh. For this reason a significant

smaller element is needed to obtain similar accuracies.

6.4 Rectangular plate subjected to linearly distributed load

In the next example, a rectangular plate with different bound-

ary conditions is considered, Fig.7. The linearly distributed

load is defined as in [26]. The numerical calculations are

carried out for the geometrical parameters l = 2.0 m and

h = 1.0 m and thickness t=0.02 m.

To investigate the effects of the anisotropy behavior, the

orthotropic properties given in Eq.(24) are adopted consid-

ering different angles between the orthotropic directions

Fig. 7 Plate with mixed boundary conditions subjected to a linearly

distributed load

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Fig. 8 Transverse displacements along the line x2 = 0 (lef t) and

x1 = 0 (right) obtained by the present BEM and by the FEM

and the reference system, see Fig.7. The analyzed angles are

=0, 45 and 90.

In the BEM mesh 10 elements are used for the shorter

side and 20 for the longer one. A mapped mesh using 100

and 200 elements, for the respective sides, is utilized for the

FEM computations made for comparison purposes.

Figures8and 9show, respectively, transverse displace-

ments and bending moments along the lines x1 = 0 and

x2 = 0. In all investigated cases the agreement between the

BEM and FEM results is excellent.

Figure10 reveals the influence of the used angles and

the considered mixed boundary conditions over the trans-verse displacement fields. In the case of =0 and =90

the behavior is orthotropic whilst the transverse displace-

ments obtained for = 45 show a clear influence of the

anisotropic behavior.

6.5 Rectangular plate with a central hole

In the last example, a rectangular plate with a central hole

of radiusr is considered, Fig.11.The external boundary is

x2

x1

2

1

Fig. 9 Bending moments along the boundariesx2 = h (lef t) and

x1 = l (right) obtained by the present BEM and by the FEM

assumed clamped and a uniformly distributed load of

0.005M Pa is defined.

The geometry of the plate is defined byl = 2.0 m,h =

1.0 m,t = 0.02 m andr =0.5 m. The same material prop-

erties as in the previous case for =45 is chosen.

For the external boundaries, a mesh of 10 elements for

the shorter side and 20 for the longer one is used. For the

hole, three different discretizations are compared with the

aim of showing the benefit of curved elements in the pres-

ent approach. The first mesh (M1) is composed of 10 curved

elements, the second one (M2) of 4 curved elements and the

third one (M3) of 4 straight elements.

One more time for comparison purposes FEM results are

obtained. The used mapped mesh has 100 elements in the

shorter side and 200 for the longer one. The comparison are

done by mean of the displacements along the lines x1 = 0

andx2 = 0, Fig.12,as well as the bending moments along

straight boundaries, Fig.13.

As in all previous examples, the agreement between BEM

(using some orders of magnitude less in the number of ele-

ments) and FEM results is evident.

Figures 12 and 13 show that 4 curved elements are enough

to obtain as accurate results as using 10 curved elements.

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Fig. 10 Transverse displacements fields for = 0, 45 and 90

obtained by the present BEM

Fig. 11 Plate with a central hole under uniformly distributed load

This means that the convergence of the presented approach

using curved elements is as quick as the one observed, in the

preceding analyzed cases, using only straight elements.

The important differences obtained using the meshes M2

and M3 reveal the advantages of using curved elements with

no additional meshing effort.

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Fig. 12 Transverse displacements along x2 = 0 (lef t) and x1 = 0

(right) obtained by the present BEM and by the FEM

7 Conclusions

This article presents a novel hypersingular boundary element

method for anisotropic thin plates bending problems based on

the complex variable fundamental solution of Maksimenko

and Podruzhin [19]. The use of that fundamental solution

leads to a BEM approach where the kernels of the integrals

are much more simple than in previous BEM formulations

[1,23]. The result is a quick, efficient and robust solution

algorithm including an exact transformation of the domain

integrals into boundary ones.

To solve the strongly singular and hypersingular integrals

involved in the BIEs a collocation method, with discontin-

uous quadratic elements is implemented. In this way, it is

possible to adopt a special regularization procedure which is

independent of the shape of the element (straight or curved).

According to this technique, only regular integrals must be

computed numerically because the strongly singular and

hypersingular behaviors are shifted to integrals with well

known analytical solutions [9].

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x2

x1

2

1

Fig. 13 Bending moments along the boundariesx2 = h (lef t) and

x1 = l (right) obtained by the present BEM and by the FEM

Several numerical examples with different boundary and

loading conditions are shown to evaluate the suitability and

the efficiency of the present BEM.

For the analyzed cases, the comparisons of the results

obtained by the present formulation show a very good agree-

ment with the results used as benchmarks: analytical ones

when they exist and FEM results, using ANSYS, when

they do not.

According to our experiences, using equal boundary divi-

sions the present BEM requires less computational time for

solving the problem than the FEM using ANSYS. From

the point of view of the convergence, the presented approach

has shown a much better behavior than the FEM. In order

to get similar accuracies, for FEM models it has been neces-sary to use meshes with a number of elements several orders

of magnitude higher than the number of elements of the

BEMmeshes. This is an important feature in computing large

models.

Appendix A: Fundamental solutions

Introducing for convenience the relation

zm =dm (y x)= (y1 x1) +m (y2 x2), (29)

the transversal displacement fundamental solution [19] can

be expressed, as

wG (zm )=

2m=1

Amz2m

log(zm )

3

2

. (30)

The rest of the fundamental solution terms taking part in

the BIE(6) are the following:

wG (zm )

n

=

2m=1

2Am (n1+ m n2)zm

log(zm ) 1

, (31)

MG (zm )

=

2m=1

2Am

f1+ mf2+ 2mf3

log(zm )

, (32)

VG (zm )

=

2m=1

2Am

h1+ m h2+

2m h3 +

3m h4

zm

1

R

h5+ m h6+

2m h7

log(zm )

, (33)

RGcj (zm )

=

2m=1

2Am

g1+ m g2+ 2m g3

log(zm )

. (34)

And the ones taking part in the BIE(11) are, consideringEq. (7):

wG (zm )

n0

=

2m=1

2Am (n01+m n02)zm

log(zm ) 1

, (35)

2wG (zm )

n0n

=

2m=1

2Am (n01+m n02)(n1+ m n2) log(zm )

,

(36)

MG (zm )

n0

=

2m=1

2Am(n01+ m n02)

f1+ mf2+

2mf3

zm

,

(37)

VG (zm )

n0=

2m=1

2Am (n01+ mn02)

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h1+ m h2+

2m h3+

3m h4

z2m

1

R

h5 + m h6+

2m h7

zm

, (38)

RGcj (zm )

n0=

2m=1

2Am(n01+ mn02)

g1+ m g2+

2m g3

zm

. (39)

The constants fi in Eqs. (32) and (37) are defined by

f1 = D11n21 +2D16n1n2+ D12n

22, (40)

f2 =2(D16n21 + 2D66n1n2+ D26n

22), (41)

f3 = D12n21 +2D26n1n2+ D22n

22, (42)

wheren i are the components of the outward unit vector.

The constantsh i , Eqs.(33) and(38), are given by

h1 = D11n1(1+ n22) +2D16n32 D12n1n22, (43)h2 =4D16n1+ D12n2(1+ n

21) +4D66n

32

D11n21n22D26n1n

22, (44)

h3 =4D26n2+ D12n1(1+ n22) +4D66n

31

D22n1n222D16n

21n2, (45)

h4 = D22n2(1 + n21) + 2D26n

31 D12n

21n2, (46)

h5 =(D12 D11) cos 2 4D16sin 2, (47)

h6 =2(D26 D16) cos 2 4D66sin 2, (48)

h7 =(D22 D12) cos 2 4D26sin 2, (49)

where is the angle between the global coordinate systemand the local coordinate system in the field point y .

Finally, the constantsgi , Eqs.(34) and(39), are

g1 =(D12 D11) cos sin + D16(cos2 sin2 ), (50)

g2 =2(D26 D16) cos sin + 2D66(cos2 sin2 ),

(51)

g3 =(D22 D12) cos sin + D26(cos2 sin2 ). (52)

Appendix B: Analytical integration with respect

to of the domain integrals

The results of the analytical integrations are given in the fol-

lowing for a quadratic distributed load of the form

p(y1,y2)= C0 + C1y1+ C2y2 + C3y21 + C4y1y2+ C5y

22 .

(53)

For convenience of the presentation we introduce the rela-

tion

zm =cos + msin . (54)

By substituting Eqs. (53)and (54) in Eq.(20) and inte-

grating them analytically with respect to leads to

P(r, )=

2m=1

AmIunif +Ili n+ Iquad

, (55)

where the uniformly, linearly and quadratic parts are defined

by

Iunif = 1

4r3

p

Cz2m

log(r zm )

7

4

(n1r1 + n2r2)d ,

(56)

Ili n = 1

5r4

p

(C1cos + C2sin )z2m

log(r zm )

17

10

(n1r1+ n2r2)d , (57)

Iquad = 1

6r5

p

(C3cos2 + C4cos sin + C5sin

2 )z2m

log(r zm )

5

3

(n1r1+ n2r2)d . (58)

The new constantC follows from the transformation of

Eq. (53) in polar coordinates according Eq. (15).

In the same way, the substitutions of Eqs.(53) and (54) in

Eq.(21), the analytical integration with respect to results

in

Pn(r, )

=

2m=1

Am (n01+m n02)Iunif + Ili n + Iquad

,

(59)

where

Iunif = 1

3r2

p

Czm

log(r zm )

4

3

(n1r1+ n2r2)d ,

(60)

Ili n = 1

4r3

p

(C1cos + C2sin )zm

log(r zm )

5

4

(n1r1 + n2r2)d , (61)

Iquad = 15

r4

p

(C3cos2 + C4cos sin + C5sin2 )

zm

log(r zm )

6

5

(n1r1 +n2r2)d. (62)

It should be noted that the results of the analytical integra-

tions canbe further simplifiedby summarizing theuniformly,

linearly and quadratic parts according the applying loading

configuration to reduce the numerically computational cost

of the boundary integration.

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Acknowledgements This study is supported by the Spanish Minis-

try of Science and Innovation under project DPI2010-21590-C02-02

and by the Junta de Andaluca under project P09-TEP-5054. The finan-

cial support is gratefully acknowledged.

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