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This example shows how to compute the displacements *u* and
*v* and the von Mises effective stress for a steel plate that is
clamped along a right-angle inset at the lower-left corner, and pulled along a rounded cut
at the upper-right corner. The example uses the PDE Modeler app. The app also lets you
compute and visualize other properties, such as the *x*- and
*y*-direction strains and stresses and the shear stress.

Consider a steel plate that is clamped along a right-angle inset at the lower-left corner, and pulled along a rounded cut at the upper-right corner. All other sides are free. The steel plate has the following properties:

Dimensions 1 m-by-1 m-by 0.001 m;

Inset is 1/3-by-1/3 m

The rounded cut runs from (2/3, 1) to (1, 2/3)

Young's modulus: 196 · 10

^{3}(MN/m^{2})Poisson's ratio: 0.31.

The curved boundary is subjected to an outward normal load of 500 N/m. To specify a
surface traction, divide the load by the thickness (0.001 m). Thus, the surface traction is
0.5 MN/m^{2}. The force unit in this example is MN.

To solve this problem in the PDE Modeler app, follow these steps:

Draw a polygon with corners (0 1), (2/3,1), (1,2/3), (1,0), (1/3,0), (1/3,1/3), (0,1/3) and a circle with the center (2/3, 2/3) and radius 1/3.

pdepoly([0 2/3 1 1 1/3 1/3 0],[1 1 2/3 0 0 1/3 1/3]) pdecirc(2/3,2/3,1/3)

Set the

*x*-axis limit to`[-0.5 1.5]`

and*y*-axis limit to`[0 1.2]`

. To do this, select**Options**>**Axes Limits**and set the corresponding ranges.Model the geometry by entering

`P1+C1`

in the**Set formula**field.Set the application mode to

**Structural Mechanics, Plane Stress**.Remove all subdomain borders. To do this, switch to the boundary mode by selecting

**Boundary**>**Boundary Mode**. Then select**Boundary**>**Remove All Subdomain Borders**.Display the edge labels by selecting

**Boundary**>**Show Edge Labels**.Specify the boundary conditions. To do this, select

**Boundary**>**Specify Boundary Conditions**.For convenience, first specify the Neumann boundary condition

`g1 = g2 = 0`

,`q11 = q12 = q21 = q22 = 0`

(no normal stress) for all boundaries. Use**Edit**>**Select All**to select all boundaries.For the two clamped boundaries at the inset in the lower left (edges 4 and 5), specify the Dirichlet boundary condition with zero displacements:

`h11 = 1`

,`h12 = 0`

,`h21 = 0`

,`h22 = 1`

,`r1 = 0`

,`r2 = 0`

. Use**Shift**+click to select several boundaries.For the rounded cut (edge 7), specify the Neumann boundary condition:

`g1 = 0.5*nx`

,`g2 = 0.5*ny`

,`q11 = q12 = q21 = q22 = 0`

.

Specify the coefficients by selecting

**PDE**>**PDE Specification**or clicking the**PDE**button on the toolbar. Specify`E = 196E3`

and`nu = 0.31`

. The material is homogeneous, so the same values`E`

and`nu`

apply to the entire 2-D domain. Because there are no volume forces, specify`Kx = Ky = 0`

. The elliptic type of PDE for plane stress does not use density, so you can specify any value. For example, specify`pho = 0`

.Initialize the mesh by selecting

**Mesh**>**Initialize Mesh**. Refine the mesh by selecting**Mesh**>**Refine Mesh**.Refining the mesh in areas where the gradient of the solution (the stress) is large. To do this, select

**Solve**>**Parameters**. In the resulting dialog box, select**Adaptive mode**. Use the default adaptation options: the**Worst triangles**triangle selection method with the**Worst triangle fraction**set to`0.5`

.Solve the PDE by selecting

**Solve**>**Solve PDE**or clicking the**=**button on the toolbar.Plot the von Mises effective stress using color. Plot the displacement vector field (

*u*,*v*) using a deformed mesh. To do this:Select

**Plot**>**Parameters**.In the resulting dialog box, select the

**Color**and**Deformed mesh**options. Select`von Mises`

from the**Color**drop-down menu. Select**Show Mesh**to observe the refined mesh in large stress areas.

By selecting other options from the **Color** drop-down menu, you can
visualize different strain and stress properties, such as the *x-* and
*y-*direction strains and stresses, the shear stress, and the principal
stresses and strains. You also can plot combinations of scalar and vector properties by
using color, height, vector field arrows, and displacements in a 3-D plot to represent
different properties.