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A compatible mixed finite element method for large deformation analysis of solids in spatial configuration

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In this work, a new mixed finite element formulation is presented for the analysis of two-dimensional compressible solids in finite strain regime. A three-field Hu-Washizu functional, with displacement, displacement gradient and stress tensor considered as independent fields, is utilized to develop the formulation in spatial configuration. Certain constraints are imposed on displacement gradient and stress tensor so that they satisfy the required continuity conditions across the boundary of elements. From theoretical standpoint, simplex elements are best suited for the application of continuity constraints. The techniques that are proposed to implement the constraints facilitate their automatic imposition and, hence, they can be regarded as an important feature of the work. Since the exterior calculus provides the basis for the developments presented herein, the relevant topics are discussed within the context of the work. Various technical aspects of the formulation are described in detail. These aspects help to illuminate the mathematical formulation that might seem vague in the first place and, more importantly, they help to provide an efficient implementation for ensuing developments. The performance of the mixed finite element method is studied through benchmark numerical examples and it is compared with other similar elements. It is shown that the element has excellent convergence properties and it is numerically stable, especially for problems where classical first order elements demonstrate stiff or unstable behavior.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nme.6978

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