Application of shell element method to 3-D finite-element computation of the force on one body in contact with others

Weinong Fu, Siu Lau Ho, Ningning Chen

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A general formulation of nodal virtual work force computation for three-dimensional finite-element analysis is presented. For problems with objects touching each other, a special shell element is used and its implementation methodology is presented. It is noted that additional surface integration is needed when volume integration changes to surface integration. Numerical results are compared and validated using their corresponding analytical solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5546972
Pages (from-to)3893-3898
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010


  • Finite element
  • force
  • shell element
  • virtual work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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