This paper presents a simple yet general procedure to determine influence lines and surfaces for frames, beams, trusses, and plates. The method is based on the application of the Muller-Breslau principle and finite elements. It can be easily implemented with most commercial finite element codes.
Cifuentes, Arturo, and M. Paz. "A Note on the Determination of Influence Lines and Surfaces Using Finite Elements." Journal of Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 7, no. 4 (February 1991): 299-305.
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