A NURBS-based finite element model applied to geometrically nonlinear elastodynamics using a corotational approach

L. F R Espath, Alexandre Luis Braun, Armando Miguel Awruch, Lisandro Dalcin

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Abstract

A numerical model to deal with nonlinear elastodynamics involving large rotations within the framework of the finite element based on NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline) basis is presented. A comprehensive kinematical description using a corotational approach and an orthogonal tensor given by the exact polar decomposition is adopted. The state equation is written in terms of corotational variables according to the hypoelastic theory, relating the Jaumann derivative of the Cauchy stress to the Eulerian strain rate.The generalized-α method (Gα) method and Generalized Energy-Momentum Method with an additional parameter (GEMM+ξ) are employed in order to obtain a stable and controllable dissipative time-stepping scheme with algorithmic conservative properties for nonlinear dynamic analyses.The main contribution is to show that the energy-momentum conservation properties and numerical stability may be improved once a NURBS-based FEM in the spatial discretization is used. Also it is shown that high continuity can postpone the numerical instability when GEMM+ξ with consistent mass is employed; likewise, increasing the continuity class yields a decrease in the numerical dissipation. A parametric study is carried out in order to show the stability and energy budget in terms of several properties such as continuity class, spectral radius and lumped as well as consistent mass matrices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1839-1868
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume102
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Engineering(all)
  • Numerical Analysis

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