Vibration Analysis of Beams with Non-local Foundations using the Finite Element Method

MI Friswell, S Adhikari (University of Bristol) & Y Lei (National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, PR China)

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 71, No. 11, September 2007, pp. 1365-1386


In this paper, a non-local viscoelastic foundation model is proposed and used to analyze the dynamics of beams with different boundary conditions using the finite element method. Unlike local foundation models the reaction of the non-local model is obtained as a weighted average of state variables over a spatial domain via convolution integrals with spatial kernel functions that depend on a distance measure. In the finite element analysis, the interpolating shape functions of the element displacement field are identical to those of standard two-node beam elements. However, for non-local elasticity or damping, nodes remote from the element do have an effect on the energy expressions, and hence the damping and stiffness matrices. The expressions of these direct and cross stiffness and damping matrices may be obtained explicitly for some common spatial kernel functions. Alternatively numerical integration may be applied to obtain solutions. Numerical results for eigenvalues and associated eigenmodes of Euler-Bernoulli beams are presented and compared (where possible) with results in literature using exact solutions and Galerkin approximations. The examples demonstrate that the finite element technique is efficient for the dynamic analysis of beams with non-local viscoelastic foundations.

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