A nonconforming rotated Q(1) approximation on tetrahedra
Journal article, 2011

In this paper we construct an approximation that uses midpoints of edges on tetrahedra in three dimensions. The construction is based on the three-dimensional version of the rotated Q(1)-approximation proposed by Rannacher and Turek (1992)16]. We prove a priori error estimates for finite element solutions of the elasticity equations using the new element. Since it contains (rotated) bilinear terms it performs substantially better than the standard constant strain element in bending. It also allows for under-integration (in the form of one point Gauss integration of volumetric terms) in near incompressible situations. Numerical examples are included. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Nonconforming method

Linear elasticity

Tetrahedral element


Peter F G Hansbo

University of Gothenburg

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics

Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

0045-7825 (ISSN)

Vol. 200 9-12 1311-1316

Subject Categories

Computational Mathematics



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