This paper discusses the formulation and implementation of a 4-node C0 shell element within a general-purpose multibody formulation. A geometrically consistent set of strains and curvatures, defined in a co-rotational framework, is augmented by Enhanced Assumed Strains (EAS) and Assumed Natural Strains (ANS), to alleviate shear and membrane locking. The shell element formulation is validated by solving several static and dynamic problems from the open literature. The proposed element has been successfully used for the coupled structural and fluiddynamics analysis of flapping wing micro-aerial vehicles.
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