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Wrinkled membranes Part III: numerical simulations

Y. Wesley Wong and Sergio Pellegrino

Vol. 1 (2006), No. 1, 63–95

This is the third and final part of a study of wrinkles in thin membrane structures. High-fidelity, geometrically nonlinear finite element models of membrane structures, based on thin-shell elements, are used to simulate the onset and growth of wrinkles. The simulations are carried out with the ABAQUS finite element package. The accuracy of the results is demonstrated by computing the characteristics of the wrinkles in two specific membrane structures that were investigated experimentally and analytically in the first two papers in this series.

post-buckling behaviour, mode jumping, thin shell finite elements, membrane structures, wrinkling
Received: 3 March 2005
Revised: 10 October 2005
Accepted: 2 November 2005
Published: 1 May 2006
Y. Wesley Wong
Sergio Pellegrino
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1PZ
United Kingdom