# For a linear triangular element, what is the order of matrix B in the strain-displacement relation ε=BD, where D denotes the displacement matrix?

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For a linear triangular element, what is the order of matrix B in the strain-displacement relation ε=BD, where D denotes the displacement matrix?

(a) 6×3

(b) 3×6

(c) 3×8

(d) 8×3

I got this question in an international level competition.

I would like to ask this question from Plane Elasticity in section Plane Elasticity of Finite Element Method

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To explain I would say: For plane elasticity problems the strain-displacement relation is given by ε=BD, where ε=[εxxεyyεxy]^T, B=$\begin{pmatrix}\frac{\partial \psi_1}{\partial x}&0&\frac{\partial \psi_2}{\partial y}&0&…&\frac{\partial \psi_n}{\partial y}&0\\0&\frac{\partial \psi_1}{\partial y}&0&\frac{\partial \psi_2}{\partial y}&…&0&\frac{\partial \psi_n}{\partial y}\\\frac{\partial \psi_1}{\partial y}&\frac{\partial \psi_1}{\partial x}&\frac{\partial \psi_2}{\partial y}&\frac{\partial \psi_2}{\partial x}&…&\frac{\partial \psi_n}{\partial y}&\frac{\partial \psi_n}{\partial x}\end{pmatrix}$ and D=$\begin{bmatrix}u_x^1&u_y^1&u_x^2&u_y^2&u_x^3&u_y^3\end{bmatrix}$^T. The order of matrix B is 3x2n, where n is the number of nodes in the element. A linear triangular element has three nodes, thus n=3.

Order of B is 3×2*3

=3×6.

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