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See detailLinear smoothing over arbitrary polytopes
Francis, Amrita; Natarajan, Sundararajan; Ortiz-Bernardin, Alejandro et al

Scientific Conference (n.d.)

The conventional constant strain smoothing technique yields less accurate solutions that other techniques such as the conventional polygonal finite element method [1, 2]. In this work, we propose a linear ... [more ▼]

The conventional constant strain smoothing technique yields less accurate solutions that other techniques such as the conventional polygonal finite element method [1, 2]. In this work, we propose a linear strain smoothing scheme that improves the accuracy of linear and quadratic approximations over convex poly- topes. The method relies on sub-division of the polytope into simplical subcells; however instead of using a constant smoothing function, we employ a linear smoothing function over each subcell. This gives a new definition for the strain to compute the stiffness matrix. The convergence properties and accuracy of the proposed scheme are discussed by solving few benchmark problems. Numerical results show that the proposed linear strain smoothing scheme makes the approximation based on polytopes able to deliver the optimal convergence rate as in traditional quadrilateral and hexahedral finite elements. The accuracy is also improved, and all the methods tested pass the patch test to machine precision. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time error controlled adaptive mesh refinement in surgical simulation: Application to needle insertion simulation
Bui, Huu Phuoc; Tomar, Satyendra UL; Courtecuisse, Hadrien et al

in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (n.d.)

This paper presents the first real-time discretisation-error-driven adaptive finite element approach for corotational elasticity problems involving strain localisation. We propose a hexahedron-based ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the first real-time discretisation-error-driven adaptive finite element approach for corotational elasticity problems involving strain localisation. We propose a hexahedron-based finite element method combined with local oct-tree $h$-refinement, driven by a posteriori error estimation, for simulating soft tissue deformation. This enables to control the local error and global error level in the mechanical fields during the simulation. The local error level is used to refine the mesh only where it is needed, while maintaining a coarser mesh elsewhere. We investigate the convergence of the algorithm on academic examples, and demonstrate its practical usability on a percutaneous procedure involving needle insertion in a liver. For the latter case, we compare the force displacement curves obtained from the proposed adaptive algorithm with that obtained from a uniform refinement approach. [less ▲]

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See detailControlling the Error on Target Motion through Real-time Mesh Adaptation: Applications to Deep Brain Stimulation
Bui, Huu Phuoc UL; Tomar, Satyendra UL; Courtecuisse, Hadrien et al

E-print/Working paper (n.d.)

We present an error-controlled mesh refinement procedure for needle insertion simulation and apply it to the simulation of electrode implantation for deep brain stimulation, including brain shift. Our ... [more ▼]

We present an error-controlled mesh refinement procedure for needle insertion simulation and apply it to the simulation of electrode implantation for deep brain stimulation, including brain shift. Our approach enables to control the error in the computation of the displacement and stress fields around the needle tip and needle shaft by suitably refining the mesh, whilst maintaining a coarser mesh in other parts of the domain. We demonstrate through academic and practical examples that our approach increases the accuracy of the displacement and stress fields around the needle without increasing the computational expense. This enables real-time simulations. The proposed methodology has direct implications to increase the accuracy and control the computational expense of the simulation of percutaneous procedures such as biopsy, brachytherapy, regional anesthesia, or cryotherapy and can be essential to the development of robotic guidance. [less ▲]

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See detailA mass conservative Kalman filter algorithm for thermo-computational fluid dynamics
Introini, Carolina; Baroli, Davide UL; Lorenzi, Stefano et al

in Materials (ISSN 1996-1944) (n.d.)

Computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) is of wide relevance in engineering and science, due to its capability of simulating the three-dimensional flow at various scales. However, the suitability of a given ... [more ▼]

Computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) is of wide relevance in engineering and science, due to its capability of simulating the three-dimensional flow at various scales. However, the suitability of a given model depends on the actual scenarios which are encountered in practice. This challenge of model suitability and calibration could be overcome by a dynamic integration of measured data into the simulation. This paradigm is known as data-driven assimilation (DDA). In this paper, the study is devoted to Kalman filtering, a Bayesian approach, applied to Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations for turbulent flow. The integration of the Kalman estimator into the PISO segregated scheme was recently investigated by (1). In this work, this approach is extended to the PIMPLE segregated method and to the ther- modynamic analysis of turbulent flow, with the addition of a sub-stepping procedure that ensures mass conservation at each time step and the com- patibility among the unknowns involved. The accuracy of the algorithm is verified with respect to the heated lid-driven cavity benchmark, incorporat- ing also temperature observations, comparing the augmented prediction of the Kalman filter with the CFD solution obtained on a very fine grid. [less ▲]

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See detailCoupled Molecular Dynamics and Finite Element Method: simulations of kinetics induced by field mediated interaction
Cascio, Michele; Baroli, Davide UL; Deretzsis, Ioannis et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (n.d.)

A computational approach coupling Molecular Dynamics (MD)-Finite Element Method (FEM) techniques is here proposed for the theoretical study of the dynamics of particles subjected to the electromechanical ... [more ▼]

A computational approach coupling Molecular Dynamics (MD)-Finite Element Method (FEM) techniques is here proposed for the theoretical study of the dynamics of particles subjected to the electromechanical forces. The system consists in spherical particles (modeled as micrometric rigid bodies with proper densities and dielectric functions) suspended in a colloidal solution which flows in a microfluidic channel in the presence of a generic non-uniform variable electric field, generated by electrodes. The particles are subjected to external forces (e.g. drag or gravity) which satisfy the particle-like formulation, typical of the MD approach, and to electromechanical force which in turn needs, during the equation of the motion integration, the self-consistent solutions in three dimensions of correct continuum field equation. In the MD-FEM method used in this work, Finite Element Method is applied to solve the continuum field equation and MD technique is applied to the stepwise explicit integration of equation of the motion. Our work shows the potential of coupled MD-FEM for the study of electromechanical particles and opens the double perspective to use a) MD away from the field of the atomistic simulation and b) the continuum/particle approach to another case where the conventional forces’ evaluation method used in MD is not applicable. [less ▲]

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See detailCoarsen Graining: A Renewal Concept of Efficient Adaptivity Techniques for Multiscale Models
Shih-Wei, Yang; Pattabhi Ramaiah, Budarapu; Roy Mahapatra, Debiprasad et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (n.d.)

This paper presents a multiscale method for the quasi-static crack propagation. The coarse region is modeled by the di erential reproducing kernel particle(DRKP) method. The coupling between the coarse ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a multiscale method for the quasi-static crack propagation. The coarse region is modeled by the di erential reproducing kernel particle(DRKP) method. The coupling between the coarse scale and ne scale is realized through ghost atoms. The ghost atoms positions are interpolated from the coarse scale solution and enforced as boundary conditions on the ne scale. The ne scale region is adaptively enlarged as the crack propagates and the region behind the crack tip is adaptively coarsened. The centro symmetry parameter(CSP) is used to detect the crack tip location. The triangular lattice corresponds to the lattice structure of the (111) plane of an FCC crystal in the ne scale region. The Lennard-Jones potential is used to model the atom-atom interactions. The method is implemented in two dimensions. The results are compared to pure atomistic simulations and show excellent agreement. [less ▲]

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