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Novel quadratic Bézier triangular and tetrahedral elements using existing mesh generators: Extension to nearly incompressible implicit and explicit elastodynamics in finite strains / Chennakesava Kadapa

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering

Swansea University Author: Chennakesava, Kadapa

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/nme.6042

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We present a novel unified finite element framework for performing computationally efficient large strain implicit and explicit elastodynamic simulations using triangular and tetrahedral meshes that can be generated using the existing mesh generators. For the development of a unified framework, we u...

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Published in: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
ISSN: 00295981
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa49069
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Abstract: We present a novel unified finite element framework for performing computationally efficient large strain implicit and explicit elastodynamic simulations using triangular and tetrahedral meshes that can be generated using the existing mesh generators. For the development of a unified framework, we use Bézier triangular and tetrahedral elements which are directly amenable for explicit schemes using lumped mass matrices, and employ a mixed displacement-pressure formulation for dealing with the numerical issues arising due to volumetric and shear locking. We demonstrate the accuracy of the proposed scheme by studying several challenging benchmark problems in finite strain elastostatics and nonlinear elastodynamics modelled with nearly incompressible hyperelastic and von Mises elastoplastic material models. We show that Bézier elements, in combination with the mixed formulation, help in developing a simple unified finite element formulation that is accurate, robust and computationally very efficient for performing a wide variety of challenging nonlinear elastostatic and implicit and explicit elastodynamic simulations.
Keywords: Bézier elements; Explicit elastodynamics; Mixed formulation; Nonlinear dynamics; Taylor impact bar
College: College of Science