A New Look at Element Shape Parameters

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A new definition of shape parameters for a quadrilateral is presented. It is shown that the shape parameters can be expressed in terms of simple polynomial coefficients with a clear physical meaning. It is also shown how the shape parameters can be evaluated from the Jacobian matrix. Element warpage and convexity are also covered. 

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AuthorRobinson. J
Date 1st January 1989


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