RESEARCH PAPERS: Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention

A General Beam Element for Use in Damage Assessment of Complex Structures

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B. S. Haisty, W. T. Springer

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 110(3), 389-394 (Jul 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269531 History: Received January 15, 1988; Online November 23, 2009


A general beam element is derived which contains a symmetric discontinuity in the form of a double-sided open crack. The method used to determine the stiffness terms necessary to model the damage present in this element is presented, and it is used to determine several of these stiffness expressions.

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