Non-linear finite element analysis of composite beams with interlayer slips
This article presents a new non-linear finite element formulation for the analysis of two-layer composite plane beams with interlayer slips. The element is based on the corotational method. The main interest of this approach is that different linear elements can be automatically transformed to non-linear ones. To avoid curvature locking that may occur for low order element(s), a local linear formulation based on the exact stiffness matrix is used. Five numerical applications are presented in order to assess the performance of the formulation.