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Isogeometric analysis of thin Reissner-Mindlin shells: locking phenomena and B-bar method ; ; et al in Computational Mechanics (2020), 65(5), 1323-1341 We propose a local type of B-bar formulation, addressing locking in degenerated Reissner–Mindlin shell formulation in the context of isogeometric analysis. Parasitic strain components are projected onto ... [more ▼] We propose a local type of B-bar formulation, addressing locking in degenerated Reissner–Mindlin shell formulation in the context of isogeometric analysis. Parasitic strain components are projected onto the physical space locally, i.e. at the element level, using a least-squares approach. The formulation allows the flexible utilization of basis functions of different orders as the projection bases. The introduced formulation is much cheaper computationally than the classical $$\bar{B}$$B¯ method. We show the numerical consistency of the scheme through numerical examples, moreover they show that the proposed formulation alleviates locking and yields good accuracy even for slenderness ratios of $$10^5$$105, and has the ability to capture deformations of thin shells using relatively coarse meshes. In addition it can be opined that the proposed method is less sensitive to locking with irregular meshes. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 97 (3 UL)From quantum to continuum mechanics in the delamination of atomically-thin layers from substrates ; ; et al in Nature Communications (2020) Detailed reference viewed: 92 (10 UL)Data Centric Engineering and Data-Driven Modelling - Computational Engineering Lab Report 2019 Bordas, Stéphane ; Peters, Bernhard ; Viti, Francesco et al Report (2019) https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/data-centric-engineering Detailed reference viewed: 77 (6 UL)Parameter identification problem in bimaterial human skin and sensitivity analysis : Uncertainties in biomechanics of skin ; ; Sensale, Marco et al Scientific Conference (2019, December 09) The proposed paper concerns the prediction of the numerical response of a biomechanical structure submitted to an unknown external loading state. The methodology is based on homogeneous and then ... [more ▼] The proposed paper concerns the prediction of the numerical response of a biomechanical structure submitted to an unknown external loading state. The methodology is based on homogeneous and then heterogeneous structures such as healthy or pathological cutaneous tissues that can be mechanically tested in vivo under a patchy knowledge of boundary conditions. Experimental data corresponding to the extension of a piece of skin located between two pads with displacement enslavement, represent input data to the numerical model. Data are reaction force on one pad and displacement field between the two pads and all around. The numerical model consists of a representation of the bi-material domain geometry with neo-hookean behaviors. The boundary conditions and loadings of the experimental extension test are imposed. The materials parameters have been identified by inverse method starting from a constrained cost function minimizing the difference between the calculated displacements field and experimental displacements field obtained by digital image correlation and taking into account the reaction force as a constraint. An analysis of the model sensitivity to material parameters is presented. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 23 (0 UL)Mechanical parameters identification of keloid and surrounding healthy skin using Digital Image Correlation measurements in vivo ; ; Sensale, Marco et al Scientific Conference (2019, December 09) The human skin behaves as an elastic membrane initially prestressed but not uniformly. The presence of anatomical sites favorable to the appearance of some tumors, a keloid in our case, while other sites ... [more ▼] The human skin behaves as an elastic membrane initially prestressed but not uniformly. The presence of anatomical sites favorable to the appearance of some tumors, a keloid in our case, while other sites never develop them attests to the importance of the mechanical environment of the tissue. Thus, a mechanical characterization of the tumored skin is necessary to understand the keloid expansion from a mechanical point of view. Our case study consists in modeling a bi-material structure composed of a keloid skin surrounded by healthy skin located on upper left arm of a young female. From the experimental measurements in vivo, by combining force sensor, displacement sensor and Digital Image Correlation techniques, we perform a mechanical analysis to characterize the mechanical stress fields over the entire area and on the interface ‘healthy skin/keloid skin’. Since the mechanical behavior of the tumorous skin is unknown, many physical models can be implemented and assessed very easily inside the specific digital software to fit with the real data. Once a set of mechanical parameters for both the healthy skin and the keloid skin are identified, the stress fields around the keloid are calculated. Next steps consist in determining matching preferential directions in order to define as precisely as possible the specifications of a device for preventing the growth of keloids. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 30 (3 UL)Fracture mechanism simulation of inhomogeneous anisotropic rocks by extended finite element method ; ; et al in Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics (2019), 104 The vast majority of rock masses is anisotropic due to factors such as layering, unequal in-situ stresses, joint sets, and discontinuities. Meanwhile, given the frequently asymmetric distribution of pores ... [more ▼] The vast majority of rock masses is anisotropic due to factors such as layering, unequal in-situ stresses, joint sets, and discontinuities. Meanwhile, given the frequently asymmetric distribution of pores, grain sizes or different mineralogical compounds in different locations, they are often classified as inhomogeneous materials. In such materials, stress intensity factors (SIFs) at the crack tip, which control the initiation of failure, strongly depend on mechanical properties of the material near that area. On the other hand, crack propagation trajectories highly depend on the orthotropic properties of the rock mass. In this study, the SIFs are calculated by means of anisotropic crack tip enrichments and an interaction integral are developed for inhomogeneous materials with the help of the extended finite element method (XFEM). We also use the T-stress within the crack tip fields to develop a new criterion to estimate the crack initiation angles and propagation in rock masses. To verify and validate the proposed approach, the results are compared with experimental test results and those reported in the literature. It is found that the ratio of elastic moduli, shear stiffnesses, and material orientation angles have a significant impact on the SIFs. However, the rate of change in material properties is found to have a moderate effect on these factors and a more pronounced effect on the failure force. The results highlight the potential of the proposed formulation in the estimation of SIFs and crack propagation paths in inhomogeneous anisotropic materials. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 65 (0 UL)Adaptive equation-free multiscale modeling of metallic lattices with geometrical nonlinearity and variability Chen, Li ; ; Beex, Lars et al Scientific Conference (2019, September 12) An equation-free concurrent multiscale framework is proposed to model 3D metallic lattice structures. The proposed equation-free multiscale method (EFMM) is effectively a generalization of the ... [more ▼] An equation-free concurrent multiscale framework is proposed to model 3D metallic lattice structures. The proposed equation-free multiscale method (EFMM) is effectively a generalization of the quasicontinuum method [2] and relies on the use of fully-resolved domains (FRD) in which all details of the lattice micro-structure are captured, and of coarse-grained domains (CGD) in which a model reduction is performed by interpolation and summation steps. The particularity of the lattice geometrical description is that cross section variations along the lattice struts (caused by the manufacturing process) are explicitly represented by their discretization in several beam finite elements, both in the FRDs and CGDs. The interpolation step of the EFMM refers to a kinematic approximation of the lattice deformation within CGDs based on the displacement of a reduced number of material points. One of the originalities of this work is the consideration of a separate interpolation of each type of kinematic variables within the CGDs, as a function of the connectivity of the lattice beam nodes (i.e. taking the location of different cross sections into account) and their kinematical pattern. This, together with accounting for geometric nonlinearity, by the development and implementation of a 3D co-rotational beam finite element [1], are innovative contributions. Choosing the appropriate sizes of the FRDs and the CGDs for a lattice to be simulated is a trade-off because larger FRDs prevail the accuracy but compromise the efficiency while larger CGDs do the opposite. Since the required sizes of the FRDs and CGDs are generally not known a priori for specific applications, an adaptive coarse-graining strategy is developed. To be specific, the whole lattice is initially considered as a CGD. Two kinds of error indicator are proposed (e.g. the Zienkiewicz-Zhu error indicator [4, 3] and the error indicator based on the discrepancy of strain energy). The error indicator guides on: 1) introducing more material points and rearranging the interpolation for the CGDs; 2) changing the localization-prone parts of the lattice into FRDs. The adaptive EFMM is applied to metallic BCC lattices with various sizes and loading conditions. By comparing to the results of those of the direct numerical simulation (DNS), it is shown that geometrical non-linearities can be captured at a fraction of the DNS cost. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 40 (2 UL)Equation-free multiscale modeling of metallic lattices with geometrical and material nonlinearity and variability Chen, Li ; ; Beex, Lars et al Scientific Conference (2019, September 05) An nonlinear equation-free concurrent multiscale numerical framework, being the generalization of the quasicontinuum method [2] is proposed in this contribution to model 3D metallic lattice structures ... [more ▼] An nonlinear equation-free concurrent multiscale numerical framework, being the generalization of the quasicontinuum method [2] is proposed in this contribution to model 3D metallic lattice structures. The proposed equation-free multiscale method (EFMM) relies on the use of fully-resolved domains (FRD) in which all of the details of the lattice micro-structure are captured, and of coarse-grained domains (CGD) in which a model reduction is performed by interpolation and summation steps. The particularity of the lattice geometry description is that cross section variations along the lattice struts (that are experimentally observed as a result of the manufacturing process) are explicitly represented by their discretization in several beam finite elements, both in the FRDs and CGDs. The interpolation step of the EFMM refers to a kinematic approximation of the lattice deformation within CGDs based on the movement of a reduced number of material points at the CGD corners. One of the originalities of this work is the consideration of a separate interpolation of each type of degrees of freedom within the CGDs, as a function of the connectivity of the lattice beam nodes (i.e. taking the location of different cross sections into account) and their kinematical pattern. This, together with accounting for plasticity, by the development and implementation of a 3D co-rotational beam finite element [1] with embedded plastic hinges [3], are unprecedented and original contributions. The EFMM is applied to metallic BCC lattices with various sizes and loading conditions. By comparing to direct numerical simulation (DNS), it is shown that both material and geometrical non-linearities can be captured at a fraction of the DNS cost (the computational time is reduced by 97.27% while introducing an error of only 3.76%). [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 52 (5 UL)Taylor-Series Expansion Based Numerical Methods: A Primer, Performance Benchmarking and New Approaches for Problems with Non-smooth Solutions Jacquemin, Thibault Augustin Marie ; Tomar, Satyendra ; Agathos, Konstantinos et al in Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering (2019) We provide a primer to numerical methods based on Taylor series expansions such as generalized finite difference methods and collocation methods. We provide a detailed benchmarking strategy for these ... [more ▼] We provide a primer to numerical methods based on Taylor series expansions such as generalized finite difference methods and collocation methods. We provide a detailed benchmarking strategy for these methods as well as all data files including input files, boundary conditions, point distribution and solution fields, so as to facilitate future benchmarking of new methods. We review traditional methods and recent ones which appeared in the last decade. We aim to help newcomers to the field understand the main characteristics of these methods and to provide sufficient information to both simplify implementation and benchmarking of new methods. Some of the examples are chosen within a subset of problems where collocation is traditionally known to perform sub-par, namely when the solution sought is non-smooth, i.e. contains discontinuities, singularities or sharp gradients. For such problems and other simpler ones with smooth solutions, we study in depth the influence of the weight function, correction function, and the number of nodes in a given support. We also propose new stabilization approaches to improve the accuracy of the numerical methods. In particular, we experiment with the use of a Voronoi diagram for weight computation, collocation method stabilization approaches, and support node selection for problems with singular solutions. With an appropriate selection of the above-mentioned parameters, the resulting collocation methods are compared to the moving least-squares method (and variations thereof), the radial basis function finite difference method and the finite element method. Extensive tests involving two and three dimensional problems indicate that the methods perform well in terms of efficiency (accuracy versus computational time), even for non-smooth solutions. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 73 (11 UL)Clustering Based Model Order Reduction For Hyper Elastoplastic Material Models Vijayaraghavan, Soumianarayanan ; Beex, Lars ; et al Presentation (2019, July 29) Detailed reference viewed: 46 (7 UL)A stochastic Galerkin cell-based smoothed finite element method (SGCS-FEM) ; Beex, Lars ; Bordas, Stéphane et al in International Journal of Computational Methods (2019), 17(8), In this paper, the cell based smoothed finite element method is extended to solve stochastic partial diff erential equations with uncertain input parameters. The spatial field of Young's moduli and the ... [more ▼] In this paper, the cell based smoothed finite element method is extended to solve stochastic partial diff erential equations with uncertain input parameters. The spatial field of Young's moduli and the corresponding stochastic results are represented by Karhunen-Lo eve expansion and polynomial chaos expansion, respectively. The Young's Modulus of structure is considered to be random for stochastic static as well as free vibration problems. Mathematical expressions and the solution procedure are articulated in detail to evaluate the statistical characteristics of responses in terms of static displacements and free vibration frequencies. The feasibility and eff ectiveness of the proposed SGCS-FEM method in terms of accuracy and lower requirement on the mesh size in the solution domain over that of conventional FEM for stochastic problems are demonstrated by carefully chosen numerical examples. From the numerical study, it is inferred that the proposed framework is computationally less demanding without compromising accuracy. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 164 (2 UL)Coupled molecular-dynamics and finite-element-method simulations for the kinetics of particles subjected to field-mediated forces ; Baroli, Davide ; Bordas, Stéphane et al in Physical Review. E ,Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2019), 99(6), A computational approach that couples molecular-dynamics (MD) and the-finite-element-method (FEM) technique is here proposed for the theoretical study of the dynamics of particles subjected to ... [more ▼] A computational approach that couples molecular-dynamics (MD) and the-finite-element-method (FEM) technique is here proposed for the theoretical study of the dynamics of particles subjected to electromechanical forces. The system consists of spherical particles (modeled as micrometric rigid bodies with proper densities and dielectric functions) suspended in a colloidal solution, which flows in a microfluidic channel in the presence of a generic nonuniform variable electric field generated by electrodes. The particles are subjected to external forces (e.g., drag or gravity) which satisfy a particlelike formulation that is typical of the MD approach, along with an electromechanical force that, in turn, requires the three-dimensional self-consistent solutions of correct continuum field equations during the integration of the equations of motion. In the MD-FEM method used in this work, the finite element method is applied to solve the continuum field equations while the MD technique is used for the stepwise explicit integration of the equations of motion. Our work shows the potential of coupled MD-FEM simulations for the study of electromechanical particles and opens a double perspective for implementing (a) MD away from the field of atomistic simulations and (b) the continuum-particle approach to cases where the conventional force evaluation used in MD is not applicable. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 49 (3 UL)Structural shape optimization of three dimensional acoustic problems with isogeometric boundary element methods ; Lian, Haojie ; et al in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2019), 355 The boundary element method (BEM) is a powerful tool in computational acoustics, because the analysis is conducted only on structural surfaces, compared to the finite element method (FEM) which resorts to ... [more ▼] The boundary element method (BEM) is a powerful tool in computational acoustics, because the analysis is conducted only on structural surfaces, compared to the finite element method (FEM) which resorts to special techniques to truncate infinite domains. The isogeometric boundary element method (IGABEM) is a recent progress in the category of boundary element approaches, which is inspired by the concept of isogeometric analysis (IGA) and employs the spline functions of CAD as basis functions to discretize unknown physical fields. As a boundary representation approach, IGABEM is naturally compatible with CAD and thus can directly perform numerical analysis on CAD models, avoiding the cumbersome meshing procedure in conventional FEM/BEM and eliminating the difficulty of volume parameterization in isogeometric finite element methods. The advantage of tight integration of CAD and numerical analysis in IGABEM renders it particularly attractive in the application of structural shape optimization because (1) the geometry and the analysis can be interacted, (2) remeshing with shape morphing can be avoided, and (3) an optimized solution returns a CAD geometry directly without postprocessing steps. In the present paper, we apply the IGABEM to structural shape optimization of three dimensional exterior acoustic problems, fully exploiting the strength of IGABEM in addressing infinite domain problems and integrating CAD and numerical analysis. We employ the Burton–Miller formulation to overcome fictitious frequency problems, in which hyper-singular integrals are evaluated explicitly. The gradient-based optimizer is adopted and shape sensitivity analysis is conducted with implicit differentiation methods. The design variables are set to be the positions of control points which directly determine the shape of structures. Finally, numerical examples are provided to verify the algorithm. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 74 (0 UL)Weak and strong from meshless methods for linear elastic problem under fretting contact conditions ; ; et al in Tribology International (2019), 138 We present numerical computation of stresses under fretting fatigue conditions derived from closed form expressions. The Navier-Cauchy equations, that govern the problem, are solved with strong and weak ... [more ▼] We present numerical computation of stresses under fretting fatigue conditions derived from closed form expressions. The Navier-Cauchy equations, that govern the problem, are solved with strong and weak form meshless numerical methods. The results are compared to the solution obtained from well-established commercial package ABAQUS, which is based on finite element method (FEM). The results show that the weak form meshless solution exhibits similar behavior as the FEM solution, while, in this particular case, strong form meshless solution performs better in capturing the peak in the surface stress. This is of particular interest in fretting fatigue, since it directly influences crack initiation. The results are presented in terms of von Mises stress contour plots, surface stress profiles, and the convergence plots for all three methods involved in the study. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 52 (1 UL)Multiscale fracture: a natural connection between reduced order models and homogenisation Bordas, Stéphane ; Beex, Lars ; Chen, Li et al Scientific Conference (2019, May 13) Detailed reference viewed: 146 (10 UL)Displacement based polytopal elements a strain smoothing and scaled boundary approach Bordas, Stéphane ; Scientific Conference (2019, May 03) Detailed reference viewed: 167 (12 UL)ADVANCES IN GEOMETRY INDEPENDENT APPROXIMATIONS ; ; Bordas, Stéphane et al Scientific Conference (2019, April 11) We present recent advances in geometry independent field approximations. The GIFT approach is a generalisation of isogeometric analysis where the approximation used to describe the field variables no ... [more ▼] We present recent advances in geometry independent field approximations. The GIFT approach is a generalisation of isogeometric analysis where the approximation used to describe the field variables no-longer has to be identical to the approximation used to describe the geometry of the domain. As such, the geometry can be described using usual CAD representations, e.g. NURBS, which are the most common in the CAD area, whilst local refinement and meshes approximations can be used to describe the field variables, enabling local adaptivity. We show in which cases the approach passes the patch test and present applications to various mechanics, fracture and multi-physics problems. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 306 (24 UL)A gradient weighted extended finite element method (GW-XFEM) for fracture mechanics ; Bordas, Stéphane ; et al in Acta Mechanica (2019), 230 In this study, a gradient weighted extended finite element method (GW-XFEM) is presented for the analysis of fracture problems. For this method, the domain discretization is the same as the standard XFEM ... [more ▼] In this study, a gradient weighted extended finite element method (GW-XFEM) is presented for the analysis of fracture problems. For this method, the domain discretization is the same as the standard XFEM. However, the gradient field is constructed by considering the influences of the element itself and its adjacent elements. Based on the Shepard interpolation, the weighted strain filed can be obtained, which will be utilized to construct the discretized system equations. The validity of the presented method is fully investigated through several numerical examples. From these results, it is shown that compared with standard XFEM, the presented method can achieve much better accuracy, efficiency and higher convergence, when dealing with fracture analysis. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 40 (0 UL)A unified polygonal locking-free thin/thick smoothed plate element ; ; et al in Composite Structures (2019), 219 A novel cell-based smoothed finite element method is proposed for thin and thick plates based on Reissner-Mindlin plate theory and assumed shear strain fields. The domain is discretized with arbitrary ... [more ▼] A novel cell-based smoothed finite element method is proposed for thin and thick plates based on Reissner-Mindlin plate theory and assumed shear strain fields. The domain is discretized with arbitrary polygons and on each side of the polygonal element, discrete shear constraints are considered to relate the kinematical and the independent shear strains. The plate is made of functionally graded material with effective properties computed using the rule of mixtures. The influence of various parameters, viz., the plate aspect ratio and the material gradient index on the static bending response and the first fundamental frequency is numerically studied. It is seen that the proposed element: (a) has proper rank; (b) does not require derivatives of shape functions and hence no isoparametric mapping required; (c) independent of shape and size of elements and (d) is free from shear locking. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 69 (0 UL)Introduction to Isogeometric Analysis Bordas, Stéphane ; Lian, Haojie ; Ding, Chensen Report (2019) Detailed reference viewed: 97 (8 UL) |
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