Strand7 plates may be:
(3 or 6 nodes)
(4, 8 or 9 nodes)
And may be used for analysis of:
- 2D Plane Stress
for modelling thin two-dimensional sheets subject to in-plane loads.
- 2D Plane Strain
for modelling very thick structures such as stress analysis through the
section of a dam.
for modelling rotationally symmetric structures.
for modelling general 3D structures made from relatively thin material.
Plate elements in Strand7 may be either thin or thick. Thick plates consider the effects of shear deformation.
- Shear panels
for modelling flat sheets that carry only in-plane shear loads.
- 3D membranes
for modelling very flexible structures such as draped membranes.