This paper establishes a new type component mode synthesis method for a flexible beam element based on the absolute nodal coordinate formulation. The deformation of the beam element is defined as the sum of the global shape function and the analytical clamped-clamped beam modes. This formulation leads to a constant and symmetric mass matrix as the conventional absolute nodal coordinate formulation, and makes it possible to reduce the system coordinates of the beam structure which undergoes large rotations and large deformations. Numerical examples show that the excellent agreements are examined between the presented formulation and the conventional absolute nodal coordinate formulation. These results demonstrate that the presented formulation has high accuracy in the sense that the presented solutions are similar to the conventional ones with the less system coordinates and high efficiency in computation.

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