An ABAQUS Implementation of a Solid-Shell Element: Application to Low Velocity Impact

  • A. ChakerEmail author
  • S. Koubaa
  • J. Mars
  • A. Vivet
  • F. Dammak
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


The main objective of this work is to develop an hexahedral solid shell finite element in order to resolve the numerical locking effects that may have occurred when employing the conventional solid and shell finite elements. The developed formulation relay on the coupling between the Assumed Natural Strain (ANS) and Enhanced Assumed Strain (EAS) methods. The FE model was implemented into the user element (UEL) interface of the FE commercial code ABAQUS by using the UEL FORTRAN subroutine. The robustness and performance of this element are proven using dynamic contact metal sheet behavior at low velocity impact. The obtained results are validated with finding from the literature. The developed solid shell element is efficient from a computational view point as the thickness direction is discretized adopting only single element layer.


Finite element Solid shell element Low velocity impact Locking problems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Chaker
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • S. Koubaa
    • 1
  • J. Mars
    • 1
  • A. Vivet
    • 2
  • F. Dammak
    • 1
  1. 1.Electro-Mechanical System’s Laboratory (LASEM)National Engineering School of Sfax, University of SfaxSfaxTunisia
  2. 2.Normandie University, ENSICAEN, UNICAEN, CEA, CNRS, CIMAPCaenFrance

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