It is possible to use libMesh for structural
analysis. A colleague has used the library for
plate problems without any difficulties.
Modifications are mostlikely necessary for the 1D beam
elements living in 2D or 3D space and in the case where
you have beam elements as well as plate elements.
Although some effort meight be necessary, I do not see
any prohibitive aspects.
> I am new to libmesh, and am wondering if someone has
> used libmesh for structural finite element analysis or
> not. What I am looking for is an implementation of the
> beam,plate,shell, etc finite elements. Is it possible to do
> that with the library?
> I am also confused about the following: libmesh can
> be used for analysis in 1,2 or 3- dimensions. But, if
> I wanted to use it for a stucture with both a plate
> and a beam element, would that be possible? Since the
> former is a 2-D element and the latter is a 1-D
> I may be missing some information, so kindly let me
> know if I am.