Power flow and mechanical intensity calculations in structural finite element analysis

Stephen A. Hambric

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The identification of power flow paths in dynamically loaded structures is an important, but currently unavailable, capability for the finite element analyst. For this reason, methods for calculating power flows and mechanical intensities in finite element models are developed here. Formulations for calculating input and output powers, power flows, and mechanical intensities for beam and plate/shell element types are derived. NASTRAN is used to calculate the required velocity, force, and stress results of an analysis, which a post-processor then uses to calculate power flow quantities. Test models include a simple truss and a beam-stiffened cantilever plate. Both test cases showed reasonable power flow fields over low to medium frequencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-549
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vibration, Acoustics, Stress, and Reliability in Design
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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