Performance of shell elements in modeling spot-welded joints

W. Chen*, X. Deng

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The numerical performance of general shell elements in modeling spot-welded joints is investigated. Finite element meshes composed of purely three-dimensional (3D) elements and purely general shell elements are used to analyze the stress and deformation fields in a symmetric coach-peel spot-welded specimen and their solutions are compared in detail. It is found that a properly refined finite element mesh of general shell elements can produce stress and deformation solutions comparable to those generated by a similarly refined mesh of 3D solid elements. The findings of this paper have direct implications to the analysis of sheet metal structures with spot-welded joints (such as automotive structures).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-57
Number of pages17
JournalFinite elements in analysis and design
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • General Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Applied Mathematics


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