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See detailAnalysis of composite plates through cell-based smoothed finite element and 4-noded mixed interpolation of tensorial components techniques
Rodrigues, J. D.; Natarajan, S.; Ferreira, Ana UL et al

in Computers & Structures (2014), 135

The static bending and the free vibration analysis of composite plates are performed with Carrera's Unified Formulation (CUF). We combine the cell-based smoothed finite element method (CSFEM) and the 4 ... [more ▼]

The static bending and the free vibration analysis of composite plates are performed with Carrera's Unified Formulation (CUF). We combine the cell-based smoothed finite element method (CSFEM) and the 4-noded mixed interpolation of tensorial components approach (MITC4). The smoothing method is used for the approximation of the bending strains, whilst the mixed interpolation allows the calculation of the shear transverse stress in a different manner. With a few numerical examples, the accuracy and the efficiency of the approach is demonstrated. The insensitiveness to shear locking is also demonstrated. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAn experimental/numerical investigation into the main driving force for crack propagation in uni-directional fibre-reinforced composite laminae
Cahill, L. M. A.; Natarajan, S.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Composite Structures (2014), 107

This paper presents an enriched finite element method to simulate the growth of cracks in linear elastic, aerospace composite materials. The model and its discretisation are also validated through a ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an enriched finite element method to simulate the growth of cracks in linear elastic, aerospace composite materials. The model and its discretisation are also validated through a complete experimental test series. Stress intensity factors are calculated by means of an interaction integral. To enable this, we propose application of (1) a modified approach to the standard interaction integral for heterogeneous orthotropic materials where material interfaces are present; (2) a modified maximum hoop stress criterion is proposed for obtaining the crack propagation direction at each step, and we show that the “standard” maximum hoop stress criterion which had been frequently used to date in literature, is unable to reproduce experimental results. The influence of crack description, material orientation along with the presence of holes and multi-material structures are investigated. It is found, for aerospace composite materials with View the MathML source ratios of approximately 10, that the material orientation is the driving factor in crack propagation. This is found even for specimens with a material orientation of 90°, which were previously found to cause difficulty in both damage mechanics and discrete crack models e.g. by the extended finite element method (XFEM). The results also show the crack will predominantly propagate along the fibre direction, regardless of the specimen geometry, loading conditions or presence of voids. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical analysis of the inclusion-crack interaction by the extended finite element method
Natarajan, S; Kerfriden, P; Mahapatra, D Roy et al

in International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics (2014)

One of the partition of unity methods, the extended finite ele- ment method (XFEM), is applied to study the inclusion-crack in- teractions in an elastic medium. Both the inclusions and the crack are ... [more ▼]

One of the partition of unity methods, the extended finite ele- ment method (XFEM), is applied to study the inclusion-crack in- teractions in an elastic medium. Both the inclusions and the crack are modelled within the XFEM framework. A structured quadri- lateral mesh is used and the influence of crack length, the number of inclusions, and the geometry of the inclusions on the crack tip stress field are numerically studied. The interaction integral for non-homogeneous materials is used to compute the stress intensity factors ahead of the crack tip. The accuracy and flexibility of the XFEM is demonstrated by various numerical examples. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of functionally graded material plates using triangular elements with cell-based smoothed discrete shear gap method
Natarajan, S; Ferreira; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Mathematical Problems in Engineering (2014), Article ID 247932

In this paper, a cell based smoothed finite element method with discrete shear gap technique is employed to study the static bending, free vibration, mechanical and thermal buckling behaviour of ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a cell based smoothed finite element method with discrete shear gap technique is employed to study the static bending, free vibration, mechanical and thermal buckling behaviour of functionally graded material (FGM) plates. The plate kinematics is based on the first order shear deformation theory and the shear locking is suppressed by a discrete shear gap method. The shear correction factors are evaluated by employing the energy equivalence principle. The material property is assumed to be temperature dependent and graded only in the thickness direction. The effective properties are computed by using the Mori-Tanaka homogenization method. The accuracy of the present formulation is validated against available solutions. A systematic parametric study is carried out to examine the influence the gradient index, the plate aspect ratio, skewness of the plate and the boundary conditions on the global response of the FGM plates. The effect of a centrally located circular cutout on the global response is also studied. [less ▲]

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See detailVibration of functionally graded material plates with cutouts & cracks in thermal environment
Rahimabadi, A. A.; Natarajan, S.; Bordas, Stéphane UL

in Key Engineering Materials (2013), 560

In this paper, the effect of a centrally located cutout (circular and elliptical) and cracks emanating from the cutout on the free flexural vibration behaviour of functionally graded material plates in ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the effect of a centrally located cutout (circular and elliptical) and cracks emanating from the cutout on the free flexural vibration behaviour of functionally graded material plates in thermal environment is studied. The discontinuity surface is represented independent of the mesh by exploiting the partition of unity method framework. A Heaviside function is used to capture the jump in the displacement across the discontinuity surface and asymptotic branch functions are used to capture the singularity around the crack tip. An enriched shear flexible 4-noded quadrilateral element is used for the spatial discretization. The properties are assumed to vary only in the thickness direction. The effective properties of the functionally graded material are estimated using the Mori-Tanaka homogenization scheme and the plate kinematics is based on the first order shear deformation theory. The influence of the plate geometry, the geometry of the cutout, the crack length, the thermal gradient and the boundary conditions on the free flexural vibration is numerically studied. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland. [less ▲]

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See detailNURBS-based finite element analysis of functionally graded plates: Static bending, vibration, buckling and flutter
Valizadeh, N.; Natarajan, S.; Gonzalez-Estrada, O. A. et al

in Composite Structures (2013), 99

In this paper, a non-uniform rational B-spline based iso-geometric finite element method is used to study the static and dynamic characteristics of functionally graded material (FGM) plates. The material ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a non-uniform rational B-spline based iso-geometric finite element method is used to study the static and dynamic characteristics of functionally graded material (FGM) plates. The material properties are assumed to be graded only in the thickness direction and the effective properties are computed either using the rule of mixtures or by Mori-Tanaka homogenization scheme. The plate kinematics is based on the first order shear deformation plate theory (FSDT). The shear correction factors are evaluated employing the energy equivalence principle and a simple modification to the shear correction factor is presented to alleviate shear locking. Static bending, mechanical and thermal buckling, linear free flexural vibration and supersonic flutter analysis of FGM plates are numerically studied. The accuracy of the present formulation is validated against available three-dimensional solutions. A detailed numerical study is carried out to examine the influence of the gradient index, the plate aspect ratio and the plate thickness on the global response of functionally graded material plates. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailAn adaptive singular ES-FEM for mechanics problems with singular field of arbitrary order
Nguyen-Xuan, H.; Liu, G. R.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2013), 253

This paper presents a singular edge-based smoothed finite element method (sES-FEM) for mechanics problems with singular stress fields of arbitrary order. The sES-FEM uses a basic mesh of three-noded ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a singular edge-based smoothed finite element method (sES-FEM) for mechanics problems with singular stress fields of arbitrary order. The sES-FEM uses a basic mesh of three-noded linear triangular (T3) elements and a special layer of five-noded singular triangular elements (sT5) connected to the singular-point of the stress field. The sT5 element has an additional node on each of the two edges connected to the singular-point. It allows us to represent simple and efficient enrichment with desired terms for the displacement field near the singular-point with the satisfaction of partition-of-unity property. The stiffness matrix of the discretized system is then obtained using the assumed displacement values (not the derivatives) over smoothing domains associated with the edges of elements. An adaptive procedure for the sES-FEM is proposed to enhance the quality of the solution with minimized number of nodes. Several numerical examples are provided to validate the reliability of the present sES-FEM method. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of composite plates by a unified formulation-cell based smoothed finite element method and field consistent elements
Natarajan, S.; Ferreira, Ana UL; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Composite Structures (2013), 105

In this article, we combine Carrera's Unified Formulation (CUF) [13,7] and cell based smoothed finite element method [28] for studying the static bending and the free vibration of thin and thick laminated ... [more ▼]

In this article, we combine Carrera's Unified Formulation (CUF) [13,7] and cell based smoothed finite element method [28] for studying the static bending and the free vibration of thin and thick laminated plates. A 4-noded quadrilateral element based on the field consistency requirement is used for this study to suppress the shear locking phenomenon. The combination of cell based smoothed finite element method and field consistent approach with CUF allows a very accurate prediction of field variables. The accuracy and efficiency of the proposed approach are demonstrated through numerical experiments. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient recovery-based error estimation for the smoothed finite element method for smooth and singular linear elasticity
González-Estrada, O. A.; Natarajan, S.; Ródenas, J. J. et al

in Computational Mechanics (2013), 52(1), 37-52

An error control technique aimed to assess the quality of smoothed finite element approximations is presented in this paper. Finite element techniques based on strain smoothing appeared in 2007 were shown ... [more ▼]

An error control technique aimed to assess the quality of smoothed finite element approximations is presented in this paper. Finite element techniques based on strain smoothing appeared in 2007 were shown to provide significant advantages compared to conventional finite element approximations. In particular, a widely cited strength of such methods is improved accuracy for the same computational cost. Yet, few attempts have been made to directly assess the quality of the results obtained during the simulation by evaluating an estimate of the discretization error. Here we propose a recovery type error estimator based on an enhanced recovery technique. The salient features of the recovery are: enforcement of local equilibrium and, for singular problems a "smooth + singular" decomposition of the recovered stress. We evaluate the proposed estimator on a number of test cases from linear elastic structural mechanics and obtain efficient error estimations whose effectivities, both at local and global levels, are improved compared to recovery procedures not implementing these features. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. [less ▲]

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See detailExtended finite element method for dynamic fracture of piezo-electric materials
Nguyen-Vinh, H.; Bakar, I.; Msekh, M. A. et al

in Engineering Fracture Mechanics (2012), 92

We present an extended finite element formulation for dynamic fracture of piezo-electric materials. The method is developed in the context of linear elastic fracture mechanics. It is applied to mode I and ... [more ▼]

We present an extended finite element formulation for dynamic fracture of piezo-electric materials. The method is developed in the context of linear elastic fracture mechanics. It is applied to mode I and mixed mode-fracture for quasi-steady cracks. An implicit time integration scheme is exploited. The results are compared to results obtained with the boundary element method and show excellent agreement. [less ▲]

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See detailA force-based large increment method for 2D continuum solids and the mesh convergence study
Long, D.; Guo, Z.; Liu, X. et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2012), 1504

In this paper, a triangular plane stress element is implemented based on the large increment method (LIM) to solve 2D continuum mechanics problems. In the LIM, after the governing equations are ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a triangular plane stress element is implemented based on the large increment method (LIM) to solve 2D continuum mechanics problems. In the LIM, after the governing equations are established using the generalized elemental force variables as primary unknowns, an iteration procedure is employed to obtain an optimised approximate solution of the problem. Two numerical examples are investigated to study the mesh convergence of the proposed triangular LIM element. Structured meshes as well as unstructured meshes with different element densities are generated to illustrate the convergence of the total strain energy in both examples. The numerical results obtained from the LIM (including the total strain energy, the displacement and the stress) are compared with the analytical solutions as well as the results from the commercial FEM software ABAQUS. All the results show that the performance of the LIM is as good as the FEM in linear elastic problems. A simple elastoplastic example suggests that the LIM may obtain better result than the FEM. © 2012 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailSize-dependent free flexural vibration behavior of functionally graded nanoplates
Natarajan, S.; Chakraborty, S.; Thangavel, M. et al

in Computational Materials Science (2012), 65

In this paper, size dependent linear free flexural vibration behavior of functionally graded (FG) nanoplates are investigated using the iso-geometric based finite element method. The field variables are ... [more ▼]

In this paper, size dependent linear free flexural vibration behavior of functionally graded (FG) nanoplates are investigated using the iso-geometric based finite element method. The field variables are approximated by non-uniform rational B-splines. The nonlocal constitutive relation is based on Eringen's differential form of nonlocal elasticity theory. The material properties are assumed to vary only in the thickness direction and the effective properties for the FG plate are computed using Mori-Tanaka homogenization scheme. The accuracy of the present formulation is demonstrated considering the problems for which solutions are available. A detailed numerical study is carried out to examine the effect of material gradient index, the characteristic internal length, the plate thickness, the plate aspect ratio and the boundary conditions on the global response of the FG nanoplate. From the detailed numerical study it is seen that the fundamental frequency decreases with increasing gradient index and characteristic internal length. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEnriched Element Free Galerkin Method for Gradient Elasticity
Natarajan, S; Kerfriden, P; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

Scientific Conference (2011, June)

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See detailNatural frequencies of cracked isotropic & specially orthotropic plates using the extended finite element method
Natarajan, S; Baiz, P; Mahapatra, D Roy et al

Scientific Conference (2011, April)

In this paper, the linear free flexural vibration of cracked isotropic and specially orthotropic plates is studied using the extended finite element method. The mixed interpolation technique of the well ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the linear free flexural vibration of cracked isotropic and specially orthotropic plates is studied using the extended finite element method. The mixed interpolation technique of the well- established MITC4 [1] quadrilateral finite element with 12 standard degrees of freedom per element is used for this study. The natural frequencies of simply supported square plates are computed as a function of crack length and crack location. [less ▲]

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See detailNatural frequencies of cracked functionally graded material plates by the extended finite element method
Natarajan, S.; Baiz, P. M.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Composite Structures (2011), 93(11), 3082-3092

In this paper, the linear free flexural vibration of cracked functionally graded material plates is studied using the extended finite element method. A 4-noded quadrilateral plate bending element based on ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the linear free flexural vibration of cracked functionally graded material plates is studied using the extended finite element method. A 4-noded quadrilateral plate bending element based on field and edge consistency requirement with 20 degrees of freedom per element is used for this study. The natural frequencies and mode shapes of simply supported and clamped square and rectangular plates are computed as a function of gradient index, crack length, crack orientation and crack location. The effect of thickness and influence of multiple cracks is also studied. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the performance of strain smoothing for quadratic and enriched finite element approximations (XFEM/GFEM/PUFEM)
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Natarajan, S.; Kerfriden, P. et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2011), 86(4-5), 637-666

By using the strain smoothing technique proposed by Chen et al. (Comput. Mech. 2000; 25:137-156) for meshless methods in the context of the finite element method (FEM), Liu et al. (Comput. Mech. 2007; 39 ... [more ▼]

By using the strain smoothing technique proposed by Chen et al. (Comput. Mech. 2000; 25:137-156) for meshless methods in the context of the finite element method (FEM), Liu et al. (Comput. Mech. 2007; 39(6):859-877) developed the Smoothed FEM (SFEM). Although the SFEM is not yet well understood mathematically, numerical experiments point to potentially useful features of this particularly simple modification of the FEM. To date, the SFEM has only been investigated for bilinear and Wachspress approximations and is limited to linear reproducing conditions. The goal of this paper is to extend the strain smoothing to higher order elements and to investigate numerically in which condition strain smoothing is beneficial to accuracy and convergence of enriched finite element approximations. We focus on three widely used enrichment schemes, namely: (a) weak discontinuities; (b) strong discontinuities; (c) near-tip linear elastic fracture mechanics functions. The main conclusion is that strain smoothing in enriched approximation is only beneficial when the enrichment functions are polynomial (cases (a) and (b)), but that non-polynomial enrichment of type (c) lead to inferior methods compared to the standard enriched FEM (e.g. XFEM). © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear free flexural vibration of cracked functionally graded plates in thermal environment
Natarajan, S.; Baiz, P. M.; Ganapathi, M. et al

in Computers & Structures (2011), 89(15-16), 1535-1546

In this paper, the linear free flexural vibrations of functionally graded material plates with a through center crack is studied using an 8-noded shear flexible element. The material properties are ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the linear free flexural vibrations of functionally graded material plates with a through center crack is studied using an 8-noded shear flexible element. The material properties are assumed to be temperature dependent and graded in the thickness direction. The effective material properties are estimated using the Mori-Tanaka homogenization scheme. The formulation is developed based on first-order shear deformation theory. The shear correction factors are evaluated employing the energy equivalence principle. The variation of the plates natural frequency is studied considering various parameters such as the crack length, plate aspect ratio, skew angle, temperature, thickness and boundary conditions. The results obtained here reveal that the natural frequency of the plate decreases with increase in temperature gradient, crack length and gradient index. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear buckling analysis of cracked plates by SFEM and XFEM
Baiz, P. M.; Natarajan, S.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Journal of Mechanics of Material and Structures (2011), 6(9-10), 1213-1238

In this paper, the linear buckling problem for isotropic plates is studied using a quadrilateral element with smoothed curvatures and the extended finite element method. First, the curvature at each point ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the linear buckling problem for isotropic plates is studied using a quadrilateral element with smoothed curvatures and the extended finite element method. First, the curvature at each point is obtained by a nonlocal approximation via a smoothing function. This element is later coupled with partition of unity enrichment to simplify the simulation of cracks. The proposed formulation suppresses locking and yields elements which behave very well, even in the thin plate limit. The buckling coefficient and mode shapes of square and rectangular plates are computed as functions of crack length, crack location, and plate thickness. The effects of different boundary conditions are also studied. © 2011 by Mathematical Sciences Publishers. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of crack growth behaviour in composite materials using the extended finite element method (XFEM)
Cahill, L.; Natarajan, S.; McCarthy, C. et al

Scientific Conference (2010)

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