Linear Triangle is a three-nodes plate finite element with flexing and transverse shear based on the Reissner/Mindlin theory (thick plates).

Type

surface element

Physical property

shell membrane

Mesh connectivity

TR3

Number of nodes

3

Degrees of freedom (per node)

6 (3 translations and 3 rotations)

Type of behavior

elastic

This element has only one gauss point: the gravity center of the triangle (P1).