A finite element for general thick-walled structures is presented. The general theory leading to this element is reviewed. A superparametric formulation is adapted. Legendre series expansions of all field variables through the structure thickness are key features in this formulation. “The General Higher Order Theory”—GENHOT element, as we call our element, presented here is capable of predicting the nonlinear distribution, through the thickness, of all stresses and displacements. Test problems with known closed form solution are modeled in order to assess the GENHOT performance. Also, a true thick-walled shell is modeled in order to demonstrate the power and capabilities of this element against a 3-D finite element.

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