A user-controlled arc-length method for convergence to predefined deformation states

Jinguang Teng, Y. F. Luo

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The arc-length method has been widely used in non-linear analysis of structures. While it can handle complex load-deflection paths effectively, the analyst has no control over the load incrementation scheme to achieve convergence to specific locations along the load-deflection path. There are a number of situations in which such control is necessary, for example when convergence to predefined load levels, displacement levels or stress levels is required. This paper describes an improved arc-length method in which this deficiency is overcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications in Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Accumulated arc-length control
  • Arc-length method
  • Convergence
  • Non-linear analysis
  • Predefined deformation states
  • User control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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