Fundamental-solution-based hybrid FEM for plane elasticity with special elements

Wang, Hui; Qin, Qing-Hua
November 2011
Computational Mechanics;Nov2011, Vol. 48 Issue 5, p515
Academic Journal
The present paper develops a new type of hybrid finite element model with regular and special fundamental solutions (also known as Green's functions) as internal interpolation functions for analyzing plane elastic problems in structures weakened by circular holes. A variational functional used in the proposed model is first constructed, and then, the assumed intra-element displacement fields satisfying a priori the governing partial differential equations of the problem under consideration is constructed using a linear combination of fundamental solutions at a number of source points outside the element domain, as was done in the method of fundamental solutions. To ensure continuity of fields over inter-element boundaries, conventional shape functions are employed to construct the independent element frame displacement fields defined over the element boundary. The linkage of these two independent fields and the element stiffness equations in terms of nodal displacements are enforced by the minimization of the proposed variational functional. Special-purpose Green's functions associated with circular holes are used to construct a special circular hole element to effectively handle stress concentration problems without complicated local mesh refinement or mesh regeneration around the hole. The practical efficiency of the proposed element model is assessed via several numerical examples.


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