In this paper, a first-order virtual element method for Reissner–Mindlin plates is presented. A standard displacement-based variational formulation is employed, assuming transverse displacement and rotations as independent variables. In the framework of the first-order virtual element, a piecewise linear approximation is assumed for both displacement and rotations on the boundary of the element. The consistent term of the stiffness matrix is determined assuming uncoupled polynomial approximations for the generalized strains, with different polynomial degrees for bending and shear parts. In order to mitigate shear locking in the thin-plate limit while keeping the element formulation as simple as possible, a selective scheme for the stabilization term of the stiffness matrix is introduced, to indirectly enrich the approximation of the transverse displacement with respect to that of the rotations. Element performance is tested on various numerical examples involving both thin and thick plates and different polygonal meshes.

First-order VEM for Reissner–Mindlin plates

D’Altri, A. M.;Patruno, L.
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de Miranda, S.;Sacco, E.
2022

Abstract

In this paper, a first-order virtual element method for Reissner–Mindlin plates is presented. A standard displacement-based variational formulation is employed, assuming transverse displacement and rotations as independent variables. In the framework of the first-order virtual element, a piecewise linear approximation is assumed for both displacement and rotations on the boundary of the element. The consistent term of the stiffness matrix is determined assuming uncoupled polynomial approximations for the generalized strains, with different polynomial degrees for bending and shear parts. In order to mitigate shear locking in the thin-plate limit while keeping the element formulation as simple as possible, a selective scheme for the stabilization term of the stiffness matrix is introduced, to indirectly enrich the approximation of the transverse displacement with respect to that of the rotations. Element performance is tested on various numerical examples involving both thin and thick plates and different polygonal meshes.
D’Altri, A. M.; Patruno, L.; de Miranda, S.; Sacco, E.
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