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Validation Case: Thick Plate Under Pressure

This validation case belongs to pressure load in solid mechanics. The aim of this test case is to validate the following parameters:

  • Distributed pressure
  • Nodal stress

The simulation results of SimScale were compared to the numerical results presented in [NAFEMS]\(^1\).


The geometry used for the case is as follows:

geometrical model of thick plate under pressure
Figure 1: Geometry model for the thick plate

The plate has a thickness of 0.6 \(m\). Table 1 presents the coordinates for each point:

PointX [\(m\)]Y [\(m\)]Z [\(m\)]
D2 00.6
Table 1: Coordinates of the geometry points

The point B” is located at the middle of edge BB’ while point C” is located at the middle of edge CC’. The curves of edges BC and AD are defined by equations 1 and 2 respectively:

$$ ( \frac{x}{3.25} )^2 + ( \frac{y}{2.75} )^2 = 1 \tag{1} $$

$$ ( \frac{x}{2} )^2 + y^2 = 1 \tag{2} $$

Analysis Type and Mesh

Tool Type: Code_Aster

Analysis Type: Static Linear

Mesh and Element Types:

All meshes were computed locally and uploaded to the platform. Table 2 presents the details of the meshes used for each case:

CaseMesh TypeNumber of
Element Type
A1st Order Tetrahedral26639Standard
B2nd Order Tetrahedral194237Standard
C1st Order Hexahedral36Standard
D2nd Order Hexahedral111Standard
E1st Order Hexahedral105Standard
F2nd Order Hexahedral349Standard
G2nd Order Hexahedral52941Standard
Table 2: Number of mesh nodes and types of elements for each case
tetrahedral mesh of thick plate under pressure
Figure 2: Tetrahedral mesh employed for Case B
hexahedral mesh of thick plate under pressure
Figure 3: Hexahedral mesh employed for Case G

Simulation Setup


  • Linear Elastic Isotropic:
    • \( E = \) 210 \( GPa \)
    • \( \nu = \) 0.3

Boundary Conditions:

  • Constraints:
    • Face DCD’C’ with zero y-displacement
    • Face ABA’B’ with zero x-displacement
    • Face BCB’C’ with zero y- and x-displacements
    • Edge B”C” with zero z-displacement
  • Loads:
    • Pressure of 1 \(MPa\) applied on face ABCD

Reference Solution

The reference solution as presented in [NAFEMS]\(^1\) is of the numerical type. For the comparison purposes, the normal stress at point D in the direction of the Y axis is taken:

\( \sigma_{ref} = 5.38\ MPa \)

Result Comparison

Comparison of stress \(\sigma_{yy}\) magnitude computed at the location of point D (variable SIYY) from the simulation results is presented with respect to the reference solution \(\sigma_{ref}\):

CASE\( \sigma_{ref} \)
\( \sigma_{YY} \)
A5.385.16166-4.06 %
B5.385.400750.39 %
C5.383.98345-25.96 %
D5.385.470911.69 %
E5.385.10811-5.05 %
F5.385.710586.14 %
G5.385.385990.11 %
Table 3: Point D stress results comparison

The von Mises stress color plot is presented for the results of case G:

von mises stress color plot of thick plate under pressure
Figure 4: Von Mises stress result contours from case B


  • (1987) ”The Standard NAFEMS Benchmarks”, “The international association for the engineering analysis community”


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Last updated: September 12th, 2022