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A family of rotation-free three node triangular shell elements is presented. The simplest element of the family is based on an assumed constant curvature field expressed in terms of the nodal deflections of a patch of four elements and a constant membrane field computed from the [...]

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This paper presents a formulation for analysis of thin elastic membranes using a rotation-free shell element within an explicit time integration strategy. The applications presented are [...]

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A new triangle shell element is presented. The advantages of this element are threefold: simplicity, generality and geometrical accuracy. The formulation is free from rotation degrees of freedom. The triangle here presented can be used regardless of the mesh topology, thus generality [...]

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The paper describes how the finite element method and the finite volume method can be successfully combined to derive two new families of thin plate and shell triangles with translational [...]