A comparative study of least-squares and the weak-form galerkin finite element models for the nonlinear analysis of timoshenko beams Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, a comparison of weak-form Galerkin and least-squares finite element models of Timoshenko beam theory with the von Krmn strains is presented. Computational characteristics of the two models and the influence of the polynomial orders used on the relative accuracies of the two models are discussed. The degree of approximation functions used varied from linear to the 5th order. In the linear analysis, numerical results of beam bending under different types of boundary conditions are presented along with exact solutions to investigate the degree of shear locking in the newly developed mixed finite element models. In the nonlinear analysis, convergences of nonlinear finite element solutions of newly developed mixed finite element models are presented along with those of existing traditional model to compare the performance. 2010 IAU, Arak Branch.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Solid Mechanics

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, W., & Reddy, J. N.

complete list of authors

  • Kim, W||Reddy, JN

publication date

  • December 2010