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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 274709, 6 pages
Research Article

A Conforming Triangular Plane Element with Rotational Degrees of Freedom

1Department of Civil Engineering, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083, China
2Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

Received 19 September 2014; Accepted 18 December 2014

Academic Editor: Chenfeng Li

Copyright © 2015 Xiang-Rong Fu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a novel way to formulate the triangular plane element with rotational degrees of freedom (RDOF). The linear distribution of rotational displacement is assumed. The conforming displacement along the sides based on the rotational displacement assumption is derived, and the triangular plane element TR3 for isotropic material is formulated. By using the explicit integral formulae of the triangular element, the matrices used in the proposed plane element TR3 are calculated efficiently. The benchmark examples showed thier high accuracy and high efficiency.