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See detailContact between shear-deformable beams with elliptical cross-sections
Magliulo, Marco UL; Zilian, Andreas UL; Beex, Lars UL

in Acta Mechanica (2020), 231

Slender constituents are present in many structures and materials. In associated mechanical models, each slender constituent is often described with a beam. Contact between beams is essential to ... [more ▼]

Slender constituents are present in many structures and materials. In associated mechanical models, each slender constituent is often described with a beam. Contact between beams is essential to incorporate in mechanical models, but associated contact frameworks are only demonstrated to work for beams with circular cross-sections. Only two studies have shown the ability to treat contact between beams with elliptical cross-sections, but those frameworks are limited to point-wise contact, which narrows their applicability. This contribution presents initial results of a framework for shear-deformable beams with elliptical cross-sections if contact occurs along a line or at an area (instead of at a point). This is achieved by integrating a penalty potential over one of the beams’ surfaces. Simo-Reissner Geometrically Exact Beam (GEB) elements are employed to discretise each beam. As the surface of an assembly of such beam elements is discontinuous, a smoothed surface is introduced to formulate the contact kinematics. This enables the treatment of contact for large sliding displacements and substantial deformations. [less ▲]

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See detailA gradient weighted extended finite element method (GW-XFEM) for fracture mechanics
Feng, S. Z.; Bordas, Stéphane UL; Han, X. et al

in Acta Mechanica (2019), 230

In this study, a gradient weighted extended finite element method (GW-XFEM) is presented for the analysis of fracture problems. For this method, the domain discretization is the same as the standard XFEM ... [more ▼]

In this study, a gradient weighted extended finite element method (GW-XFEM) is presented for the analysis of fracture problems. For this method, the domain discretization is the same as the standard XFEM. However, the gradient field is constructed by considering the influences of the element itself and its adjacent elements. Based on the Shepard interpolation, the weighted strain filed can be obtained, which will be utilized to construct the discretized system equations. The validity of the presented method is fully investigated through several numerical examples. From these results, it is shown that compared with standard XFEM, the presented method can achieve much better accuracy, efficiency and higher convergence, when dealing with fracture analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailMonolithic modeling and finite element analysis of piezoelectric energy harvesters
Ravi, Srivathsan UL; Zilian, Andreas UL

in Acta Mechanica (2017), 228(6), 2251-2267

This paper is devoted to monolithic modeling of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. From a modeling perspective, piezoelectric energy harvesting is a strongly coupled phenomenon with two-way coupling ... [more ▼]

This paper is devoted to monolithic modeling of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. From a modeling perspective, piezoelectric energy harvesting is a strongly coupled phenomenon with two-way coupling between the electromechanical effect of the piezoelectric material and the harvesting circuit. Even in applications related to shunt damping, where the attached electrical circuit is passive, accurate modeling of the strong coupling is crucial for proper evaluation of the relevant parameters. The article proposes a monolithic mixed-hybrid finite element formulation for the predictive modeling and simulation of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. The governing equations of the coupled electromechanical problem are converted into a single integral form with six independent unknown fields. Such a holistic approach provides consistent solution to the coupled field equations which involve structural dynamics, electromechanical effect of the piezoelectric patches and the dynamics of the attached harvesting circuit. This allows accurate computation of the eigenvalues and corresponding mode shapes of a harvester for any finite resistive load coupled to the harvester. The fully three-dimensional mixed-hybrid formulation is capable of analyzing structures with non-uniform geometry and varying material properties. The results of the finite element model are verified against the analytical results of a bimorph harvester with tip mass reported in the literature. [less ▲]

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