Two-dimensional Shape Functions

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Shape functions are selected to fit as exact as possible the Finite Element Solution. If this solution is a combination of polynomial functions of nth order, these functions should include a complete polynomial of equal order.

That is, a complete polynomial of nth order can be written as:


f(x,y)=\sum_{i=1}^p \alpha_i x^j y^k \qquad j+k \le n


with p=\frac{(n+1)(n+2)}{2}


can only fit polynomial functions of pth order if they content a polynomial function


for any polynomial function of pth order it is enough to use p-1 integration points.




References

  1. Pascal's triangle
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