RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Technology

An Exact Condensation Procedure for Chain-Like Structures Using a Finite Element-Transfer Matrix Approach

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V. H. Mucino

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisc. 53201

V. Pavelic

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisc. 53201

J. Mech. Des 103(2), 295-303 (Apr 01, 1981) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254907 History: Received March 01, 1980; Online November 17, 2009


The main objective of this study is to describe a new scheme to carry out the static or dynamic analysis of elastic systems using a combined Finite Element-Transfer Matrix Approach. The proposed scheme offers the advantage of automatic matrix size reduction without having to truncate degrees of freedom, and preserving the strain and kinetic energy throughout the condensation. Although limited to chain-like elastic systems, the method is generalized to non-repetitive configurations with substructures having intermediate active degrees of freedom.

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