Vibration Analysis of Timoshenko Beams using Isogeometric Analysis

04/26/2021 ∙ by Balakrishnan Devarajan, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper, the finite free-form beam element is formulated by the isogeometric approach based on the Timoshenko beam theory to investigate the free vibration behavior of the beams. The non-uniform rational B-splines (NURBS) functions which define the geometry of the beam are used as the basis functions for the finite element analysis. In order to enrich the basis functions and to increase the accuracy of the solution fields, the h-, p-, and k-refinement techniques are implemented. The geometry and curvature of the beams are modelled in a unique way based on NURBS. All the effects of the the shear deformation, and the rotary inertia are taken into consideration by the present isogeometric model. Results of the beams for non-dimensional frequencies are compared with other available results in order to show the accuracy and efficiency of the present isogeometric approach. From numerical results, the present element can produce very accurate values of natural frequencies and the mode shapes due to exact definition of the geometry. With higher order basis functions, there is no shear locking phenomenon in very thin beam situations. Finally, the benchmark tests described in this study are provided as future reference solutions for Timoshenko beam vibration problem.



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