This paper proposes a ring element for the stress analysis of mitred bends, which is an extension of ring elements for pipe bends proposed by the present authors. Since accurate treatments of continuity conditions on the connecting lines between straight pipe segments are employed and strain-displacement relations derived from the general thin shell theory with shear strains are considered, the present method can be applied to problems of mitred bends of complex configurations under general loading conditions. Shape functions are developed by trigonometric functions and Hermitian polynomials of second order in the circumferential and longitudinal directions, respectively. This finite element method requires fewer number of degrees of freedom for the same accuracy than the conventional shell elements.

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