A new method, Applied Element Method (AEM) for analysis of structures is introduced. The structure is modeled as an assembly of distinct elements made by dividing the structural elements virtually. These elements are connected by distributed springs in both normal and tangential directions. We introduce a new method by which the total behavior of structures can be accurately simulated with reasonable CPU time. This paper deals with the formulations used for linear elastic structures in small deformation range and for consideration of the effects of oisson’s ratio. Comparing with theoretical results, it is proved that the new method is an efficient tool to follow mechanical behavior of structures in elastic conditions.
Kimiro Meguro and Hatem Tagel-Din: Applied Element Method for Structural Analysis: Theory and Application for Linear Materials, Structural Eng./Earthquake Eng., International Journal of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) , Vol. 17, No. 1, 21s-35s, April 2000.