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Finite element procedures book - Bathe

  1. Dec 3, 2013 #1

    I have been stuck on a problem for a while now (3.24 part c).

    My attempt is as follows:

    Internal virtual work = external virtual work

    T/2 ∫0->L (∂u/dx)(∂v/dx)dx + ∫0->L (∂^2u/∂t^2)vdx = ∫0->L (Pv)dx

    Stationarity is already invoked on this functional as it's the principle of virtual work dv/dx = δv

    Using the basis functions:

    u = { 3w1L/x for 0<x<L/3,
    (2 - 3/L*x)w1 + (-1 +3/L*x)w2 for L/3<x<2L/3,
    3w2(1 - x/L) for 2L/3<x<L }

    Extracting the functions for v from the basis functions:

    v = { 3L/x for 0<x<L/3,
    (2 - 3/L*x) + (-1 +3/L*x) for L/3<x<2L/3,
    3(1 - x/L) for 2L/3<x<L }

    Integrating over each interval does not get me the answer

    Help please?
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  3. Dec 4, 2013 #2


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    Welcome to the PF.

    What is the context for this question? Is it for schoolwork? If so, which subject? Perhaps I should move this to a different forum? Or is General Engineering the best fit?
  4. Dec 4, 2013 #3
    It's self learning, postgraduate level finite element analysis. It's general engineering because you can apply it to a range of engineering problems, heat transfer, solids, fluids etc.

    Thanks for your reply.
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