Discrete mechanics Based on Finite Element Methods
Chen, Jing-Bo; Guo, Han-Ying; Wu, Ke
2002-01-01
Discrete Mechanics based on finite element methods is presented in this paper. We also explore the relationship between this discrete mechanics and Veselov discrete mechanics. High order discretizations are constructed in terms of high order interpolations.
COHESIVE ZONE FINITE ELEMENT-BASED MODELING OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURES
Zuorong Chen; A.P. Bunger; Xi Zhang; Robert G. Jeffrey
2009-01-01
Hydraulic fracturing is a powerful technology used to stimulate fluid production from reservoirs. The fully 3-D numerical simulation of the hydraulic fracturing process is of great importance to the efficient application of this technology, but is also a great challenge because of the strong nonlinear coupling between the viscous flow of fluid and fracture propagation. By taking advantage of a cohesive zone method to simulate the fracture process, a finite element model based on the existing pore pressure cohesive finite elements has been established to investigate the propagation of a penny-shaped hydraulic fracture in an infinite elastic medium. The effect of cohesive material parameters and fluid viscosity on the hydraulic fracture behaviour has been investigated. Excellent agreement between the finite element results and analytical solutions for the limiting case where the fracture process is dominated by rock fracture toughness demonstrates the ability of the cohesive zone finite element model in simulating the hydraulic fracture growth for this case.
Finite Element Based Design and Optimization for Piezoelectric Accelerometers
Liu, Bin; Kriegbaum, B.; Yao, Q.
1998-01-01
A systematic Finite Element design and optimisation procedure is implemented for the development of piezoelectric accelerometers. Most of the specifications of accelerometers can be obtained using the Finite Element simulations. The deviations between the simulated and calibrated sensitivities...
Convergence of a residual based artificial viscosity finite element method
Nazarov, Murtazo
2013-02-01
We present a residual based artificial viscosity finite element method to solve conservation laws. The Galerkin approximation is stabilized by only residual based artificial viscosity, without any least-squares, SUPG, or streamline diffusion terms. We prove convergence of the method, applied to a scalar conservation law in two space dimensions, toward an unique entropy solution for implicit time stepping schemes. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
The Research of Welding Residual Stress Based Finite Element Method
Qinghua Bai
2013-01-01
Welding residual stress was caused by local heating during the welding process, tensile residual stress reduce fatigue strength and corrosion resistance, Compressive residual stress decreases stability limit. So it will produce brittle fracture, reduce working life and strength of workpiece; Based on the simulation of welding process with finite element method, calculate the welding temperature field and residual stress, and then measure residual stress in experiments, So as to get the best w...
Reliability-Based Shape Optimization using Stochastic Finite Element Methods
Enevoldsen, Ib; Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Sigurdsson, G.
stochastic fields (e.g. loads and material parameters such as Young's modulus and the Poisson ratio). In this case stochastic finite element techniques combined with FORM analysis can be used to obtain measures of the reliability of the structural systems, see Der Kiureghian & Ke (6) and Liu & Der Kiureghian......Application of first-order reliability methods FORM (see Madsen, Krenk & Lind [8)) in structural design problems has attracted growing interest in recent years, see e.g. Frangopol [4), Murotsu, Kishi, Okada, Yonezawa & Taguchi [9) and Sørensen [14). In probabilistically based optimal design of...... (7). In this paper a reliability-based shape optimization problem is formulated with the total expected cost as objective function and some requirements for the reliability measures (element or systems reliability measures) as constraints, see section 2. As design variables sizing variables...
Finite Element Based HWB Centerbody Structural Optimization and Weight Prediction
Gern, Frank H.
2012-01-01
This paper describes a scalable structural model suitable for Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) centerbody analysis and optimization. The geometry of the centerbody and primary wing structure is based on a Vehicle Sketch Pad (VSP) surface model of the aircraft and a FLOPS compatible parameterization of the centerbody. Structural analysis, optimization, and weight calculation are based on a Nastran finite element model of the primary HWB structural components, featuring centerbody, mid section, and outboard wing. Different centerbody designs like single bay or multi-bay options are analyzed and weight calculations are compared to current FLOPS results. For proper structural sizing and weight estimation, internal pressure and maneuver flight loads are applied. Results are presented for aerodynamic loads, deformations, and centerbody weight.
Isogeometric analysis based on scaled boundary finite element method
This paper presents a new approach which possesses the semi-analytical feature of scaled boundary finite element method and the exact geometry feature of isogeometric analysis. NURBS basis functions are employed to construct an exact boundary geometry. The domain boundary is discretized by NURBS curves for the 2D case, and NURBS surfaces for the 3D case. Especially the closed-form NURBS curves or surfaces are needed if there are no side-faces. The strategy of using finite elements on domain boundary with NURBS shape functions for approximation of both boundary geometry and displacements arises from the sense of isoparametric concept. With h-,p-,k- refinement strategy implemented, the geometry is refined with maintaining exact geometry at all levels, so the geometry is the same exact represented as the initial geometry imported from CAD system without the necessity of subsequent communication with a CAD system. Additionally, numerical example exhibits that flexible continuity within the NURBS patch rather than traditional shape functions improves continuity and accuracy of derivative stress and strain field across not only boundary elements but also domain elements, as the results of the combination of the intrinsic analytical property along radial direction and the higher continuity property of NURBS basis, i.e. it's more powerful in accuracy of solution and less DOF-consuming than either traditional finite element method or scaled boundary finite element method.
Electric field calculations in brain stimulation based on finite elements
Windhoff, Mirko; Opitz, Alexander; Thielscher, Axel
2013-01-01
The need for realistic electric field calculations in human noninvasive brain stimulation is undisputed to more accurately determine the affected brain areas. However, using numerical techniques such as the finite element method (FEM) is methodologically complex, starting with the creation...... high-quality head models from magnetic resonance images and their usage in subsequent field calculations based on the FEM. The pipeline starts by extracting the borders between skin, skull, cerebrospinal fluid, gray and white matter. The quality of the resulting surfaces is subsequently improved...... the successful usage of the pipeline in six subjects, including field calculations for transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. The quality of the head volume meshes is validated both in terms of capturing the underlying anatomy and of the well-shapedness of the mesh...
Xia, Yi-Ming
2015-01-01
A locking-free rectangular Mindlin plate element with a new multi-resolution analysis (MRA) is proposed and a multireolution finite element method is hence presented. The MRA framework is formulated out of a mutually nesting displacement subspace sequence. The MRA endows the proposed element with the resolution level (RL) to adjust the element node number, thus modulating structural analysis accuracy accordingly. As a result, the traditional 4-node rectangular Mindlin plate element and method is a mono-resolution one and also a special case of the proposed element and method. The meshing for the monoresolution plate element model is based on the empiricism while the RL adjusting for the multiresolution is laid on the rigorous mathematical basis. The accuracy of a structural analysis is actually determined by the RL, not by the mesh. The rational MRA enables the implementation of the multiresolution Mindlin plate element method to be more rational and efficient than that of the conventional monoresolution or o...
A new multiresolution finite element method based on a multiresolution quadrilateral plate element
Xia, YiMing
2014-01-01
A new multiresolution quadrilateral plate element is proposed and a multiresolution finite element method is hence presented. The multiresolution analysis (MRA) framework is formulated out of a mutually nesting displacement subspace sequence, whose basis functions are constructed of scaling and shifting on the element domain of basic node shape function. The basic node shape function is constructed by extending shape function around a specific node. The MRA endows the proposed element with the resolution level (RL) to adjust the element node number, thus modulating structural analysis accuracy accordingly. As a result, the traditional 4-node quadrilateral plate element and method is a monoresolution one and also a special case of the proposed element and method. The meshing for the monoresolution plate element model is based on the empiricism while the RL adjusting for the multiresolution is laid on the rigorous mathematical basis. The accuracy of a structural analysis is fully determined by the RL, not by th...
Finite element analysis of osteoporosis models based on synchrotron radiation
Xu, W.; Xu, J.; Zhao, J.; Sun, J.
2016-04-01
With growing pressure of social aging, China has to face the increasing population of osteoporosis patients as well as the whole world. Recently synchrotron radiation has become an essential tool for biomedical exploration with advantage of high resolution and high stability. In order to study characteristic changes in different stages of primary osteoporosis, this research focused on the different periods of osteoporosis of rats based on synchrotron radiation. Both bone histomorphometry analysis and finite element analysis were then carried on according to the reconstructed three dimensional models. Finally, the changes of bone tissue in different periods were compared quantitatively. Histomorphometry analysis showed that the structure of the trabecular in osteoporosis degraded as the bone volume decreased. For femurs, the bone volume fraction (Bone volume/ Total volume, BV/TV) decreased from 69% to 43%. That led to the increase of the thickness of trabecular separation (from 45.05μ m to 97.09μ m) and the reduction of the number of trabecular (from 7.99 mm-1 to 5.97mm-1). Simulation of various mechanical tests with finite element analysis (FEA) indicated that, with the exacerbation of osteoporosis, the bones' ability of resistance to compression, bending and torsion gradually became weaker. The compression stiffness of femurs decreased from 1770.96 Fμ m‑1 to 697.41 Fμ m‑1, the bending and torsion stiffness were from 1390.80 Fμ m‑1 to 566.11 Fμ m‑1 and from 2957.28N.m/o to 691.31 N.m/o respectively, indicated the decrease of bone strength, and it matched the histomorphometry analysis. This study suggested that FEA and synchrotron radiation were excellent methods for analysing bone strength conbined with histomorphometry analysis.
Finite element analysis of osteoporosis models based on synchrotron radiation
With growing pressure of social aging, China has to face the increasing population of osteoporosis patients as well as the whole world. Recently synchrotron radiation has become an essential tool for biomedical exploration with advantage of high resolution and high stability. In order to study characteristic changes in different stages of primary osteoporosis, this research focused on the different periods of osteoporosis of rats based on synchrotron radiation. Both bone histomorphometry analysis and finite element analysis were then carried on according to the reconstructed three dimensional models. Finally, the changes of bone tissue in different periods were compared quantitatively. Histomorphometry analysis showed that the structure of the trabecular in osteoporosis degraded as the bone volume decreased. For femurs, the bone volume fraction (Bone volume/ Total volume, BV/TV) decreased from 69% to 43%. That led to the increase of the thickness of trabecular separation (from 45.05μ m to 97.09μ m) and the reduction of the number of trabecular (from 7.99 mm-1 to 5.97mm-1). Simulation of various mechanical tests with finite element analysis (FEA) indicated that, with the exacerbation of osteoporosis, the bones' ability of resistance to compression, bending and torsion gradually became weaker. The compression stiffness of femurs decreased from 1770.96 Fμ m−1 to 697.41 Fμ m−1, the bending and torsion stiffness were from 1390.80 Fμ m−1 to 566.11 Fμ m−1 and from 2957.28N.m/o to 691.31 N.m/o respectively, indicated the decrease of bone strength, and it matched the histomorphometry analysis. This study suggested that FEA and synchrotron radiation were excellent methods for analysing bone strength conbined with histomorphometry analysis
Element-based concrete design with three-dimensional finite element models
O' Leary, M.; Huberty, K.; Winch, S. [Nuclear Power Technologies Div., Sargent and Lundy, 55 East Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603 (United States)
2012-07-01
A shell element based design of a typical shear wall using analytical results from a three-dimensional finite element model subjected to a combination of vertical and lateral loads is evaluated. The axial and flexural force resultants from each element for every load combination are used to calculate the required reinforcing for each element. Strength for axial loads (P) and out-of-plane flexure (M) in structural walls is determined according to the same P-M interaction procedures used for columns. After each element has been evaluated, a required reinforcing map for each face of each element in the wall is presented along with a constructible reinforcement pattern enveloping the required reinforcing. In order to determine whether the element-based approach meets the requirements of the section cut approach to design, which is typically employed in manual calculations, the total in-plane moment (M) and total vertical axial force (P) across the entire length of the wall is calculated and the P-M points are plotted on an in-plane P-M interaction diagram. It is concluded that element-based design for a structural wall ensures that reinforcement is provided where required by the three-dimensional finite element analysis while still providing sufficient reinforcing to satisfy the section cut approach to design. (authors)
Piezoelectric Accelerometers Modification Based on the Finite Element Method
Liu, Bin; Kriegbaum, B.
2000-01-01
The paper describes the modification of piezoelectric accelerometers using a Finite Element (FE) method. Brüel & Kjær Accelerometer Type 8325 is chosen as an example to illustrate the advanced accelerometer development procedure. The deviation between the measurement and FE simulation results...
Finite element modeling of plasmon based single-photon sources
Chen, Yuntian; Gregersen, Niels; Nielsen, Torben Roland;
2011-01-01
A finite element method (FEM) approach of calculating a single emitter coupled to plasmonic waveguides has been developed. The method consists of a 2D model and a 3D model: (I) In the 2D model, we have calculated the spontaneous emission decay rate of a single emitter into guided plasmonic modes by...
Stochastic Finite Elements in Reliability-Based Structural Optimization
Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Engelund, S.
Application of stochastic finite elements in structural optimization is considered. It is shown how stochastic fields modelling e.g. the modulus of elasticity can be discretized in stochastic variables and how a sensitivity analysis of the reliability of a structural system with respect to...
Stochastic Finite Elements in Reliability-Based Structural Optimization
Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Engelund, S.
1995-01-01
Application of stochastic finite elements in structural optimization is considered. It is shown how stochastic fields modelling e.g. the modulus of elasticity can be discretized in stochastic variables and how a sensitivity analysis of the reliability of a structural system with respect to...
Development of polygon elements based on the scaled boundary finite element method
We aim to extend the scaled boundary finite element method to construct conforming polygon elements. The development of the polygonal finite element is highly anticipated in computational mechanics as greater flexibility and accuracy can be achieved using these elements. The scaled boundary polygonal finite element will enable new developments in mesh generation, better accuracy from a higher order approximation and better transition elements in finite element meshes. Polygon elements of arbitrary number of edges and order have been developed successfully. The edges of an element are discretised with line elements. The displacement solution of the scaled boundary finite element method is used in the development of shape functions. They are shown to be smooth and continuous within the element, and satisfy compatibility and completeness requirements. Furthermore, eigenvalue decomposition has been used to depict element modes and outcomes indicate the ability of the scaled boundary polygonal element to express rigid body and constant strain modes. Numerical tests are presented; the patch test is passed and constant strain modes verified. Accuracy and convergence of the method are also presented and the performance of the scaled boundary polygonal finite element is verified on Cook's swept panel problem. Results show that the scaled boundary polygonal finite element method outperforms a traditional mesh and accuracy and convergence are achieved from fewer nodes. The proposed method is also shown to be truly flexible, and applies to arbitrary n-gons formed of irregular and non-convex polygons.
罗振东; 朱江; 谢正辉; 张桂芳
2003-01-01
The non-stationary natural convection problem is studied. A lowest order finite difference scheme based on mixed finite element method for non-stationary natural convection problem, by the spatial variations discreted with finite element method and time with finite difference scheme was derived, where the numerical solution of velocity, pressure, and temperature can be found together, and a numerical example to simulate the close square cavity is given, which is of practical importance.
A Finite Circular Arch Element Based on Trigonometric Shape Functions
H. Saffari
2007-01-01
Full Text Available The curved-beam finite element formulation by trigonometric function for curvature is presented. Instead of displacement function, trigonometric function is introduced for curvature to avoid the shear and membrane locking phenomena. Element formulation is carried out in polar coordinates. The element with three nodal parameters is chosen on curvature. Then, curvature field in the element is interpolated as the conventional trigonometric functions. Shape functions are obtained as usual by matrix operations. To consider the boundary conditions, a transformation matrix between nodal curvature and nodal displacement vectors is introduced. The equilibrium equation is written by minimizing the total potential energy in terms of the displacement components. In such equilibrium equation, the locking phenomenon is eliminated. The interesting point in this method is that for most problems, it is sufficient to use only one element to obtain the solution. Four examples are presented in order to verify the element formulation and to show the accuracy and efficiency of the method. The results are compared with those of other concepts.
Slender Compressed Plate in Component Based Finite Element Model
Kurejková, M.; Wald, F.; Kabeláč, J.; Šabatka, L.
2015-11-01
The paper presents an advance design model of a slender plate in the structural steel joint. Finite element methods and material models are described and design procedure for slender plates in numerical models of steel joints is proposed. The design procedure is demonstrated on examples. The results are verified with an analytical model according to European standards. A compressed beam with slender web and beam-to-column joint are studied by numerical analysis, buckling resistances are determined and results verified. The verification shows very good agreement.
[Finite Element Analysis of Intravascular Stent Based on ANSYS Software].
Shi, Gengqiang; Song, Xiaobing
2015-10-01
This paper adopted UG8.0 to bulid the stent and blood vessel models. The models were then imported into the finite element analysis software ANSYS. The simulation results of ANSYS software showed that after endothelial stent implantation, the velocity of the blood was slow and the fluctuation of velocity was small, which meant the flow was relatively stable. When blood flowed through the endothelial stent, the pressure gradually became smaller, and the range of the pressure was not wide. The endothelial shear stress basically unchanged. In general, it can be concluded that the endothelial stents have little impact on the flow of blood and can fully realize its function. PMID:26964302
Finite element based composite solution for neutron transport problems
A finite element treatment for solving neutron transport problems is presented. The employs region-wise discontinuous finite elements for the spatial representation of the neutron angular flux, while spherical harmonics are used for directional dependence. Composite solutions has been obtained by using different orders of angular approximations in different parts of a system. The method has been successfully implemented for one dimensional slab and two dimensional rectangular geometry problems. An overall reduction in the number of nodal coefficients (more than 60% in some cases as compared to conventional schemes) has been achieved without loss of accuracy with better utilization of computational resources. The method also provides an efficient way of handling physically difficult situations such as treatment of voids in duct problems and sharply changing angular flux. It is observed that a great wealth of information about the spatial and directional dependence of the angular flux is obtained much more quickly as compared to Monte Carlo method, where most of the information in restricted to the locality of immediate interest. (author)
Auxiliary space preconditioners for linear elasticity based on generalized finite element methods
Brannick, James; Cho, Durkbin
2010-01-01
We construct and analyze a preconditioner of the linear elastiity system discretized by conforming linear finite elements in the framework of the auxiliary space method. The auxiliary space preconditioner is based on discretization of a scalar elliptic equation with Generalized Finite Element Method.
Si YUAN; Yan DU; Qin-yan XING; Kang-sheng YE
2014-01-01
The element energy projection (EEP) method for computation of super-convergent resulting in a one-dimensional finite element method (FEM) is successfully used to self-adaptive FEM analysis of various linear problems, based on which this paper presents a substantial extension of the whole set of technology to nonlinear problems. The main idea behind the technology transfer from linear analysis to nonlinear analysis is to use Newton’s method to linearize nonlinear problems into a series of linear problems so that the EEP formulation and the corresponding adaptive strategy can be directly used without the need for specific super-convergence formulation for nonlinear FEM. As a re-sult, a unified and general self-adaptive algorithm for nonlinear FEM analysis is formed. The proposed algorithm is found to be able to produce satisfactory finite element results with accuracy satisfying the user-preset error tolerances by maximum norm anywhere on the mesh. Taking the nonlinear ordinary differential equation (ODE) of second-order as the model problem, this paper describes the related fundamental idea, the imple-mentation strategy, and the computational algorithm. Representative numerical exam-ples are given to show the eﬃciency, stability, versatility, and reliability of the proposed approach.
Finite element based model of parchment coffee drying
Preeda Prakotmak
2015-03-01
Full Text Available Heat and mass transfer in the parchment coffee during convective drying represents a complicated phenomena since it is important to consider not only the transport phenomena during drying but also the various changes of the drying materials. In order to describe drying of biomaterials adequately, a suitable mathematical model is needed. The aim of the present study was to develop a 3-D finite element model to simulate the transport of heat and mass within parchment coffee during the thin layer drying. Thin layer drying experiments of coffee bean and parchment coffee were conducted in the temperature range of 40-60o C, the relative humidity ranged from 14 to 28% and drying air velocity of 1.4 m/s. The moisture diffusivities in different coffee’s components (parchment and coffee bean were determined by minimizing the RMSE between the predicted and the experimental data of moisture contents. The simulated results showed that the moisture diffusivities of coffee bean were three orders of magnitude higher than those of the parchment. Moisture diffusivities of coffee components were found to significantly increase (P<0.05 with the increase in drying air temperature and were expressed by Arrhenius-type equations. Moreover, the model was also used to predict the moisture gradient in coffee bean during drying. The model simulates the moisture contents in different components of parchment coffee well and it provides a better understanding of the transport processes in the different components of the parchment coffee
Finite element based micro-mechanics modeling of textile composites
Glaessgen, E. H.; Griffin, O. H., Jr.
1995-01-01
Textile composites have the advantage over laminated composites of a significantly greater damage tolerance and resistance to delamination. Currently, a disadvantage of textile composites is the inability to examine the details of the internal response of these materials under load. Traditional approaches to the study fo textile based composite materials neglect many of the geometric details that affect the performance of the material. The present three dimensional analysis, based on the representative volume element (RVE) of a plain weave, allows prediction of the internal details of displacement, strain, stress, and failure quantities. Through this analysis, the effect of geometric and material parameters on the aforementioned quantities are studied.
Hambli, Ridha
2011-01-01
The aim of this paper is to develop a multiscale hierarchical hybrid model based on finite element analysis and neural network computation to link mesoscopic scale (trabecular network level) and macroscopic (whole bone level) to simulate bone remodelling process. Because whole bone simulation considering the 3D trabecular level is time consuming, the finite element calculation is performed at macroscopic level and a trained neural network are employed as numerical devices for substituting the finite element code needed for the mesoscale prediction. The bone mechanical properties are updated at macroscopic scale depending on the morphological organization at the mesoscopic computed by the trained neural network. The digital image-based modeling technique using m-CT and voxel finite element mesh is used to capture 2 mm3 Representative Volume Elements at mesoscale level in a femur head. The input data for the artificial neural network are a set of bone material parameters, boundary conditions and the applied str...
Can experimental data in humans verify the finite element-based bone remodeling algorithm?
Wong, Christian; Gehrchen, P Martin; Kiaer, Thomas
2008-01-01
A finite element analysis-based bone remodeling study in human was conducted in the lumbar spine operated on with pedicle screws. Bone remodeling results were compared to prospective experimental bone mineral content data of patients operated on with pedicle screws.......A finite element analysis-based bone remodeling study in human was conducted in the lumbar spine operated on with pedicle screws. Bone remodeling results were compared to prospective experimental bone mineral content data of patients operated on with pedicle screws....
NONCONFORMING STABILIZED FINITE ELEMENT METHODS BASED ON RIESZ-REPRESENTING OPERATORS
DuanHuoyuan
1999-01-01
Following the framework of the finite element methods based on Riesz-representingoperators developed by Duan Huoyuan in 1997,through discrete Rieszonsome virtual(non-) conforming finite-dimensional subspaces,a stabilization formulation is presented for the Stokes problem by employing nonconforming elements. This formulation is uni-tormly coercive and not subject to the Babus Ka-Brezzi condition,and the resulted linearalgebraic system is positive definite with the spectral condition number O(h-2).Quasi-optimal error bounds are obtained,which is consistent with the interpolation properties of the finite elements used.
Finite element study on modification of bracket base and its effects on bond strength
Shyagali, Tarulatha R.; Bhayya, Deepak P.; Chandralekha B. Urs; Subramaniam, Shashikala
2015-01-01
OBJECTIVE: This article aims to analyze the difference in stresses generated in the bracket-cement-tooth system by means of a peel load in single and double-mesh bracket bases using a three-dimensional finite element computer model. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A three-dimensional finite element model of the bracket-cement-tooth system was constructed and consisted of 40,536 bonds and 49,201 finite elements using a commercial mesh generating programmer (ANSYS 7.0). Both single and double-mesh bracke...
Dynamic test and finite element model updating of bridge structures based on ambient vibration
2008-01-01
The dynamic characteristics of bridge structures are the basis of structural dynamic response and seismic analysis,and are also an important target of health condition monitoring.In this paper,a three-dimensional finite-element model is first established for a highway bridge over a railroad on No.312 National Highway.Based on design drawings,the dynamic characteristics of the bridge are studied using finite element analysis and ambient vibration measurements.Thus,a set of data is selected based on sensitivity analysis and optimization theory;the finite element model of the bridge is updated.The numerical and experimental results show that the updated method is more simple and effective,the updated finite element model can reflect the dynamic characteristics of the bridge better,and it can be used to predict the dynamic response under complex external forces.It is also helpful for further damage identification and health condition monitoring.
Computed tomography-based finite element analysis to assess fracture risk and osteoporosis treatment
Imai, Kazuhiro
2015-01-01
Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computer technique of structural stress analysis and developed in engineering mechanics. FEA has developed to investigate structural behavior of human bones over the past 40 years. When the faster computers have acquired, better FEA, using 3-dimensional computed tomography (CT) has been developed. This CT-based finite element analysis (CT/FEA) has provided clinicians with useful data. In this review, the mechanism of CT/FEA, validation studies of CT/FEA to e...
Biquartic Finite Volume Element Metho d Based on Lobatto-Guass Structure
Gao Yan-ni; Chen Yan-li
2015-01-01
In this paper, a biquartic finite volume element method based on Lobatto-Guass structure is presented for variable coeﬃcient elliptic equation on rectangular partition. Not only the optimal H1 and L2 error estimates but also some super-convergent properties are available and could be proved for this method. The numer-ical results obtained by this finite volume element scheme confirm the validity of the theoretical analysis and the effectiveness of this method.
Stress and Deformation Analysis in Base Isolation Elements Using the Finite Element Method
Claudiu Iavornic; Gilbert-Rainer Gillich; Vasile Iancu; Zeno-Iosif Praisach; Ovidiu Vasile
2011-01-01
In Modern tools as Finite Element Method can be used to study the behavior of elastomeric isolation systems. The simulation results obtained in this way provide a large series of data about the behavior of elastomeric isolation bearings under different types of loads and help in taking right decisions regarding geometrical optimizations needed for improve such kind of devices.
Stress and Deformation Analysis in Base Isolation Elements Using the Finite Element Method
Claudiu Iavornic
2011-01-01
Full Text Available In Modern tools as Finite Element Method can be used to study the behavior of elastomeric isolation systems. The simulation results obtained in this way provide a large series of data about the behavior of elastomeric isolation bearings under different types of loads and help in taking right decisions regarding geometrical optimizations needed for improve such kind of devices.
Finite elements and approximation
Zienkiewicz, O C
2006-01-01
A powerful tool for the approximate solution of differential equations, the finite element is extensively used in industry and research. This book offers students of engineering and physics a comprehensive view of the principles involved, with numerous illustrative examples and exercises.Starting with continuum boundary value problems and the need for numerical discretization, the text examines finite difference methods, weighted residual methods in the context of continuous trial functions, and piecewise defined trial functions and the finite element method. Additional topics include higher o
Electromagnetic finite elements based on a four-potential variational principle
Schuler, James J.; Felippa, Carlos A.
1991-01-01
Electromagnetic finite elements based on a variational principle that uses the electromagnetic four-potential as a primary variable are derived. This choice is used to construct elements suitable for downstream coupling with mechanical and thermal finite elements for the analysis of electromagnetic/mechanical systems that involve superconductors. The main advantages of the four-potential as a basis for finite element formulation are that the number of degrees of freedom per node remains modest as the problem dimensionally increases, that jump discontinuities on interfaces are naturally accommodated, and that statics as well as dynamics may be treated without any a priori approximations. The new elements are tested on an axisymmetric problem under steady state forcing conditions. The results are in excellent agreement with analytical solutions.
Zhouhong Zong; Xiaosong Lin; Jie Niu
2015-01-01
In the engineering practice, merging statistical analysis into structural evaluation and assessment is a tendency in the future. As a combination of mathematical and statistical techniques, response surface (RS) methodology has been successfully applied to design optimization, response prediction and model validation. With the aid of RS methodology, these two serial papers present a finite element (FE) model updating and validation method for bridge structures based on structural health monit...
Advanced finite element technologies
Wriggers, Peter
2016-01-01
The book presents an overview of the state of research of advanced finite element technologies. Besides the mathematical analysis, the finite element development and their engineering applications are shown to the reader. The authors give a survey of the methods and technologies concerning efficiency, robustness and performance aspects. The book covers the topics of mathematical foundations for variational approaches and the mathematical understanding of the analytical requirements of modern finite element methods. Special attention is paid to finite deformations, adaptive strategies, incompressible, isotropic or anisotropic material behavior and the mathematical and numerical treatment of the well-known locking phenomenon. Beyond that new results for the introduced approaches are presented especially for challenging nonlinear problems.
A finite thickness plate with two coplanar self-same shallow and deep semi-elliptical surface cracks subjected to remote tensile surface traction is considered for fracture analysis. Based on three-dimensional (3D) finite element solutions, stress intensity factors (SIFs) are evaluated along the entire crack front using a force method. The line spring model has also been used to evaluate crack depth point SIFs using shell finite element analysis. A wide range of geometric dimensions and crack configurations viz. crack shape aspect ratio (0.3≤a/c≤1.2), crack depth ratio (1.25≤t/a≤6), relative crack location (0.33≤2c/d≤0.9) and normalized location on the crack front (0≤2phi/π≤2) are considered for numerical estimation of crack interaction factors. SIFs evaluated at the depth point using the force method from the 3D finite element results are compared with SIFs evaluated using the line spring model. Finally, using finite element results, an empirical relation is proposed for the evaluation of crack interaction factors. For the ranges considered, the proposed empirical relation predicts crack interaction factors at critical locations within ±2% of the 3D finite element solutions
Node-based finite element method for large-scale adaptive fluid analysis in parallel environments
In this paper, a FEM-based (finite element method) mesh free method with a probabilistic node generation technique is presented. In the proposed method, all computational procedures, from the mesh generation to the solution of a system of equations, can be performed fluently in parallel in terms of nodes. Local finite element mesh is generated robustly around each node, even for harsh boundary shapes such as cracks. The algorithm and the data structure of finite element calculation are based on nodes, and parallel computing is realized by dividing a system of equations by the row of the global coefficient matrix. In addition, the node-based finite element method is accompanied by a probabilistic node generation technique, which generates good-natured points for nodes of finite element mesh. Furthermore, the probabilistic node generation technique can be performed in parallel environments. As a numerical example of the proposed method, we perform a compressible flow simulation containing strong shocks. Numerical simulations with frequent mesh refinement, which are required for such kind of analysis, can effectively be performed on parallel processors by using the proposed method. (authors)
Prediction of Three-Dimensional Milling Forces Based on Finite Element
Lida Zhu
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The model of milling force is mainly proposed to predict and analyze the cutting process based on finite element method in this paper. Firstly, milling finite element model is given based on orthogonal cutting principle, and then the influence laws of cutting parameters on chip formation are analyzed by using different simulation parameters. In addition, the three-dimensional milling forces are obtained from finite element models. Finally, the values of milling force by the milling experiment are also compared and analyzed with the simulation values to verify the feasibility and reasonability. It can be shown that milling forces match well between simulation and experiment results, which can provide many good basic data and analysis methods to optimize the machining parameters, reduce tool wear, and improve the workpiece surface roughness and adapt to the programming strategy of high speed machining.
Wavelet-based finite element analysis of composites
Full text: Wavelet analysis became recently very popular in the area of composite materials modeling since their multiscale and stochastic nature. Most of the people including engineers, scientists and even ordinary people involved in designing, manufacturing and the usage of composites are usually interested in their global behavior rather than the multiphysical phenomena appearing at different scales of their complicated multilevel structure. Therefore, the most important topic is to build the efficient mathematical and numerical algorithm to analyze multiscale heterogeneous materials and structures. As it is known, thanks to the homogenization theory we can follow essentially two different paths to achieve this goal. First, the composite can be directly analyzed using the wavelet-based FEM approach. Concurrently, we can use the wavelet-based homogenization algorithm to determine effective material parameters and next, to carry out classical FEM or another related method based computations. The basic difference between those approaches is that the wavelet decomposition and construction algorithms are incorporated into the matrix FEM computations in the first method; therefore, the additional computer code should be modified. The second method is based on rather symbolic computations necessary for determination of the effective material parameters, while the structural analysis is classical. The computational strategy presented by the author is based on the homogenization method where the dynamics of the linear elastic heterogeneous beam is studied for the following general case: ∂/∂x (E(x)∂u/∂x) = n(x) ∂2u/∂t2; where both Young modulus E(x) and the composite mass density p(x) are defined by some wavelets. First, the effective material parameters of the beam are determined; then, the structural behavior of the homogenized system is determined numerically and compared against the real structure vibrations. Analogous analysis is done for the composite
2010-01-01
Finite element analysis is an engineering method for the numerical analysis of complex structures. This book provides a bird's eye view on this very broad matter through 27 original and innovative research studies exhibiting various investigation directions. Through its chapters the reader will have access to works related to Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Process Analysis and Civil Engineering. The text is addressed not only to researchers, but also to professional engineers, engineering lecturers and students seeking to gain a better understanding of where Finite Element Analysis stands today.
magnum.fe: A micromagnetic finite-element simulation code based on FEniCS
We have developed a finite-element micromagnetic simulation code based on the FEniCS package called magnum.fe. Here we describe the numerical methods that are applied as well as their implementation with FEniCS. We apply a transformation method for the solution of the demagnetization-field problem. A semi-implicit weak formulation is used for the integration of the Landau–Lifshitz–Gilbert equation. Numerical experiments show the validity of simulation results. magnum.fe is open source and well documented. The broad feature range of the FEniCS package makes magnum.fe a good choice for the implementation of novel micromagnetic finite-element algorithms. - Highlights: • A complete open source finite-element micromagnetic code is presented. • Recently developed algorithms are implemented and validated. • The recently developed finite-element package FEniCS is used. • Due to the use of FEniCS new finite-element algorithms can be implemented with ease
Finite Element Analysis of a Copper Single Crystal Shape Memory Alloy-Based Endodontic Instruments
Vincent, Marin; Thiebaud, Frédéric; Bel Haj Khalifa, Saifeddine; Engels-Deutsch, Marc; Ben Zineb, Tarak
2015-10-01
The aim of the present paper is the development of endodontic Cu-based single crystal Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) instruments in order to eliminate the antimicrobial and mechanical deficiencies observed with the conventional Nickel-Titane (NiTi) SMA files. A thermomechanical constitutive law, already developed and implemented in a finite element code by our research group, is adopted for the simulation of the single crystal SMA behavior. The corresponding material parameters were identified starting from experimental results for a tensile test at room temperature. A computer-aided design geometry has been achieved and considered for a finite element structural analysis of the endodontic Cu-based single crystal SMA files. They are meshed with tetrahedral continuum elements to improve the computation time and the accuracy of results. The geometric parameters tested in this study are the length of the active blade, the rod length, the pitch, the taper, the tip diameter, and the rod diameter. For each set of adopted parameters, a finite element model is built and tested in a combined bending-torsion loading in accordance with ISO 3630-1 norm. The numerical analysis based on finite element procedure allowed purposing an optimal geometry suitable for Cu-based single crystal SMA endodontic files. The same analysis was carried out for the classical NiTi SMA files and a comparison was made between the two kinds of files. It showed that Cu-based single crystal SMA files are less stiff than the NiTi files. The Cu-based endodontic files could be used to improve the root canal treatments. However, the finite element analysis brought out the need for further investigation based on experiments.
A finite element based phase field model for ferroelectric domain evolution
Finite element based phase field modeling is applied at the unit cell level using a finite element framework with a Landau–Devonshire type multi-well potential as a material subroutine to model domain evolution in ferroelectrics. The time-dependent Ginzburg–Landau equation with polarization as an order parameter governs the evolution of polarization. In this approach, the domain wall width is controlled by a balance between mechanical, structure, electrostatic, and local gradient contributions to the free energy density. The effect of this energy balance on the resulting domain wall width of 90° and 180° tetragonal domain walls is discussed and examples are presented. (paper)
Simulation of the Resin Film Infusion Process Based on the Finite Element Method
YANG Mei; YAN Shilin; TAN Hua
2006-01-01
A physically accurate and computationally effective pure finite element method (FEM) was developed to simulate the isothermal resin infusing process. The FEM was based on conservation of resin mass at any instant of time and was objective of resin film infusion (RFI) fiber impregnation and mold filling. The developed computer code was able to simulate the resin infusing visually. A numerical example presented here demonstrated that compared with traditional finite element/ control-volume (FE/CV), and FEM was physically accurate and computationally efficient.
Comparison of Subset-Based Local and Finite Element-Based Global Digital Image Correlation
Pan, Bing
2015-02-12
Digital image correlation (DIC) techniques require an image matching algorithm to register the same physical points represented in different images. Subset-based local DIC and finite element-based (FE-based) global DIC are the two primary image matching methods that have been extensively investigated and regularly used in the field of experimental mechanics. Due to its straightforward implementation and high efficiency, subset-based local DIC has been used in almost all commercial DIC packages. However, it is argued by some researchers that FE-based global DIC offers better accuracy because of the enforced continuity between element nodes. We propose a detailed performance comparison between these different DIC algorithms both in terms of measurement accuracy and computational efficiency. Then, by measuring displacements of the same calculation points using the same calculation algorithms (e.g., correlation criterion, initial guess estimation, subpixel interpolation, optimization algorithm and convergence conditions) and identical calculation parameters (e.g., subset or element size), the performances of subset-based local DIC and two FE-based global DIC approaches are carefully compared in terms of measurement error and computational efficiency using both numerical tests and real experiments. A detailed examination of the experimental results reveals that, when subset (element) size is not very small and the local deformation within a subset (element) can be well approximated by the shape function used, standard subset-based local DIC approach not only provides better results in measured displacements, but also demonstrates much higher computation efficiency. However, several special merits of FE-based global DIC approaches are indicated.
LIANG Xinhua; ZHU Ping; LIN Zhongqin; ZHANG Yan
2007-01-01
A lightweight automotive prototype using alter- native materials and gauge thickness is studied by a numeri- cal method. The noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) performance is the main target of this study. In the range of 1-150 Hz, the frequency response function (FRF) of the body structure is calculated by a finite element method (FEM) to get the dynamic behavior of the auto-body structure. The pressure response of the interior acoustic domain is solved by a boundary element method (BEM). To find the most contrib- uting panel to the inner sound pressure, the panel acoustic contribution analysis (PACA) is performed. Finally, the most contributing panel is located and the resulting structural optimization is found to be more efficient.
Weiser, Martin
2016-01-01
All relevant implementation aspects of finite element methods are discussed in this book. The focus is on algorithms and data structures as well as on their concrete implementation. Theory is covered as far as it gives insight into the construction of algorithms. Throughout the exercises a complete FE-solver for scalar 2D problems will be implemented in Matlab/Octave.
In this study, we developed a neutron diffusion equation solver based on the finite element method for CAPP code. Three types of triangular finite elements and five types of rectangular depending on the order of the shape functions were implemented for 2-D application. Ten types of triangular prismatic finite elements and seventeen types of rectangular prismatic finite elements were also implemented for 3-D application. Two types of polynomial mapping from the master finite element to a real finite element were adopted for flexibility in dealing with complex geometry. They are linear mapping and iso-parametric mapping. In linear mapping, only the vertex nodes are used as the mapping points. In iso-parametric mapping, all the nodal points in the finite element are used as the mapping points, which enables the real finite elements to have curved surfaces. For the treatment of spatial dependency of cross-sections in the finite elements, three types of polynomial expansion of the cross-sections in the finite elements were implemented. They are constant, linear, and iso-parametric cross-section expansions. The power method with the Wielandt acceleration technique was adopted as the outer iteration algorithm. The BiCGSTAB algorithm with the ILU (Incomplete LU) decomposition pre-conditioner was used as the linear equation solver in the inner iteration. The neutron diffusion equation solver developed in this study was verified against two well known benchmark problems, IAEA PWR benchmark problem and OECD/NEA PBMR400 benchmark problem. Results of numerical tests showed that the solution converged to the reference solution as the finite elements are refined and as the order of the finite elements increases. Numerical tests also showed that the higher order finite element method is much efficient than lower order finite element method or finite difference method. (authors)
Rahman, T.; Jansen, E.L.; Tiso, P.
2011-01-01
In this paper, a finite element-based approach for nonlinear vibration analysis of shell structures is presented. The approach makes use of a perturbation method that gives an approximation for the amplitude-frequency relation of the structure. The method is formulated using a functional notation an
Discrete dislocation dynamics (DD) approaches have proven useful in modeling the dynamics of large ensembles of dislocations. Continuing interest in finite body effects via image stresses has extended DD numerical approaches to improve the handling of surfaces. However, a physically accurate, yet computationally scalable, implementation has been elusive. This paper presents a new framework and implementation of a finite element-based discrete DD code that (1) treats arbitrarily shaped non-convex surfaces through image tractions, (2) allows for systematic refinement of the finite element mesh both in the bulk and on the surface and (3) provides a platform to scale to relatively larger and lengthier simulations. The approach is based on the capabilities of the Parallel Dislocation Simulator coupled through a distributed shared memory implementation for the calculation of large numbers of dislocation segments interacting with an independently large number of surface finite elements. Surface tracking approaches enable topological features at surfaces to be modeled. We verify the computed results via comparisons with analytical solutions for an infinite screw dislocation and prismatic loop near a surface and examine surface effects on a Frank–Read source. Convergence of the image force error with h- and p-refinement is shown to indicate the computational robustness. Additionally, through larger numerical experiments, we demonstrate the new capabilities in a three-dimensional elastic body of finite extent. (paper)
Crone, Joshua C.; Chung, Peter W.; Leiter, Kenneth W.; Knap, Jaroslaw; Aubry, Sylvie; Hommes, Gregg; Arsenlis, Athanasios
2014-04-01
Discrete dislocation dynamics (DD) approaches have proven useful in modeling the dynamics of large ensembles of dislocations. Continuing interest in finite body effects via image stresses has extended DD numerical approaches to improve the handling of surfaces. However, a physically accurate, yet computationally scalable, implementation has been elusive. This paper presents a new framework and implementation of a finite element-based discrete DD code that (1) treats arbitrarily shaped non-convex surfaces through image tractions, (2) allows for systematic refinement of the finite element mesh both in the bulk and on the surface and (3) provides a platform to scale to relatively larger and lengthier simulations. The approach is based on the capabilities of the Parallel Dislocation Simulator coupled through a distributed shared memory implementation for the calculation of large numbers of dislocation segments interacting with an independently large number of surface finite elements. Surface tracking approaches enable topological features at surfaces to be modeled. We verify the computed results via comparisons with analytical solutions for an infinite screw dislocation and prismatic loop near a surface and examine surface effects on a Frank-Read source. Convergence of the image force error with h- and p-refinement is shown to indicate the computational robustness. Additionally, through larger numerical experiments, we demonstrate the new capabilities in a three-dimensional elastic body of finite extent.
Jia, Zhiheng; Du, Zhijiang; Wang, Monan
2006-01-01
To build a biomechanical human model can make much sense for surgical training and surgical rehearse. Especially, it will be more meaningful to develop a biomechanical model to guide the control strategy for the medical robots in HIT-Robot Assisted Orthopedic Surgery System (HIT-RAOS). In this paper, based the successful work of others, a novel reliable finite element method based biomechanical model for HIT-RAOS was developed to simulate the force needed in reposition procedure. Geometrical model was obtained from 3D reconstruction from CT images of a just died man. Using this boundary information, the finite element model of the leg including part of femur, broken upper tibia, broken lower tibia, talus, calcaneus, Kirschner nail, muscles and other soft tissues was created in ANSYS. Furthermore, as it was too difficult to reconstruct the accurate geometry model from CT images, a new simplified muscle model was presented. The bony structures and tendons were defined as linearly elastic, while soft tissues and muscle fibers were assumed to be hyper elastic. To validate this model, the same dead man was involved to simulate the patient, and a set of data of the force needed to separate the two broken bones and the distance between them in reposition procedure was recorded. Then, another set of data was acquired from the finite element analysis. After comparison, the two sets of data matched well. The Finite Element model was proved to be acceptable. PMID:17959437
Kleven, Martin C.; Norås, Roald
2011-01-01
Abstract Two Finite Element (FE) models are built to simulate diaphragm action on light weight roof elements made of plywood, metal sheeting and solid wood rows. One model is simple and one is complex. The scope of this study is to verify the FE-models by full scale tests previously done. To compare the model and the tests both global and local deformations on the elements will be considered. The models will form a foundation for further development of FE- analysis based calculations for p...
Local Projection-Based Stabilized Mixed Finite Element Methods for Kirchhoff Plate Bending Problems
Xuehai Huang
2013-01-01
Full Text Available Based on stress-deflection variational formulation, we propose a family of local projection-based stabilized mixed finite element methods for Kirchhoff plate bending problems. According to the error equations, we obtain the error estimates of the approximation to stress tensor in energy norm. And by duality argument, error estimates of the approximation to deflection in H1-norm are achieved. Then we design an a posteriori error estimator which is closely related to the equilibrium equation, constitutive equation, and nonconformity of the finite element spaces. With the help of Zienkiewicz-Guzmán-Neilan element spaces, we prove the reliability of the a posteriori error estimator. And the efficiency of the a posteriori error estimator is proved by standard bubble function argument.
This book discusses the topics in the general field of finite element analysis of flow problems and describes the major advances over the last two years and introduces new powerful methods for high-speed and free-surface flows, and discusses applications. The contents include: General Topics, Computational and Mathematical Aspects. High-speed and Transonic flows. Hydraulics, Viscous Flow, Boundary-Layers, MHD. Free Surface Flow. Index
FINITE VOLUME METHOD BASED ON THE CROUZEIX-RAVIART ELEMENT FOR THE STOKES EQUATION
李大明
2001-01-01
The author provides a new discretization method-the finite volume method(FVM).For the Stokes equation the velocity space is approximated by the nonconforming linear element based on the dual partition and the pressure by the piecewise constant based on the primal triangulation .Under the suitable smoothness of the solution, the optimal convergence rate O(h) is obtained,where h denotes the parameter of the space discretization.
MA Fei-yao; MA Yi-chen; WO Wei-feng
2007-01-01
Local and parallel finite element algorithms based on two-grid discretization for Navier-Stokes equations in two dimension are presented. Its basis is a coarse finite element space on the global domain and a fine finite element space on the subdomain.The local algorithm consists of finding a solution for a given nonlinear problem in the coarse finite element space and a solution for a linear problem in the fine finite element space, then droping the coarse solution of the region near the boundary. By overlapping domain decomposition, the parallel algorithms are obtained. This paper analyzes the error of these algorithms and gets some error estimates which are better than those of the standard finite element method. The numerical experiments are given too. By analyzing and comparing these results, it is shown that these algorithm are correct and high efficient.
A first 3D parallel diffusion solver based on a mixed dual finite element approximation
This paper presents a new extension of the mixed dual finite element approximation of the diffusion equation in rectangular geometry. The mixed dual formulation has been extended in order to take into account discontinuity conditions. The iterative method is based on an alternating direction method which uses the current as unknown. This method is parallelizable and have very fast convergence properties. Some results for a 3D calculation on the CRAY computer are presented. (orig.)
Herath, Manudha T; Natarajan, Sundararajan; Prusty, B Gangadhara; John, Nigel St
2013-01-01
An optimization scheme using the Cell-based Smoothed Finite Element Method (CS-FEM) combined with a Genetic Algorithm (GA) framework is proposed in this paper to design shape adaptive laminated composite marine propellers. The proposed scheme utilise the bend-twist coupling characteristics of the composites to achieve the required performance. An iterative procedure to evaluate the unloaded shape of the propeller blade is proposed, confirming the manufacturing requirements at the initial stag...
Nadal, E.; Ródenas, J. J.; Albelda, J.; Tur, M.; Tarancón, J. E.; Fuenmayor, F.J.
2013-01-01
This work presents an analysis methodology based on the use of the Finite Element Method (FEM) nowadays considered one of the main numerical tools for solving Boundary Value Problems (BVPs). The proposed methodology, so-called cg-FEM (Cartesian grid FEM), has been implemented for fast and accurate numerical analysis of 2D linear elasticity problems. The traditional FEM uses geometry-conforming meshes; however, in cg-FEM the analysis mesh is not conformal to the geometry. This allows for defin...
Frontal Crash Analysis of a Fully Detailed Car Model Based on Finite Element Method
Han Shan-Ling; Zhu Ping; Lin Zhong-Qin; Shi Yu-Liang
2004-01-01
This paper sets up a highly detailed finite element model of a car for frontal crashworthiness applications, and then explains the characteristics of it. The geometry model is preprocessed by Hypermesh software. The finite element method solver program selected for the simulation is LS-DYNA. After the crash simulation is carefully analyzed, the frontal crash experiment is aimed to validate the finite element model. The simulation results are basically in agreement with the experimental results. The validation of the finite element model is crucial for the further research in optimization of the automotive structure or lightweighting of the vehicle.
Can experimental data in humans verify the finite element-based bone remodeling algorithm?
Wong, C.; Gehrchen, P.M.; Kiaer, T.
2008-01-01
spine operated on with pedicle screws between L4 and L5. The stress shielding effect was also examined. The bone remodeling results were compared with prospective bone mineral content measurements of 4 patients. They were measured after surgery, 3-, 6- and 12-months postoperatively. RESULTS: After 1......STUDY DESIGN: A finite element analysis-based bone remodeling study in human was conducted in the lumbar spine operated on with pedicle screws. Bone remodeling results were compared to prospective experimental bone mineral content data of patients operated on with pedicle screws. OBJECTIVE: The......, in the human spine, the bone remodeling algorithms have neither been evaluated experimentally nor been examined by comparing to unsystematic experimental data. METHODS: The site-specific and nonsite-specific iterative bone remodeling algorithms were applied to a finite element model of the lumbar...
Marcondes, Francisco [Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza (Brazil). Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science], e-mail: marcondes@ufc.br; Varavei, Abdoljalil; Sepehrnoori, Kamy [The University of Texas at Austin (United States). Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Dept.], e-mails: varavei@mail.utexas.edu, kamys@mail.utexas.edu
2010-07-01
An element-based finite-volume approach in conjunction with unstructured grids for naturally fractured compositional reservoir simulation is presented. In this approach, both the discrete fracture and the matrix mass balances are taken into account without any additional models to couple the matrix and discrete fractures. The mesh, for two dimensional domains, can be built of triangles, quadrilaterals, or a mix of these elements. However, due to the available mesh generator to handle both matrix and discrete fractures, only results using triangular elements will be presented. The discrete fractures are located along the edges of each element. To obtain the approximated matrix equation, each element is divided into three sub-elements and then the mass balance equations for each component are integrated along each interface of the sub-elements. The finite-volume conservation equations are assembled from the contribution of all the elements that share a vertex, creating a cell vertex approach. The discrete fracture equations are discretized only along the edges of each element and then summed up with the matrix equations in order to obtain a conservative equation for both matrix and discrete fractures. In order to mimic real field simulations, the capillary pressure is included in both matrix and discrete fracture media. In the implemented model, the saturation field in the matrix and discrete fractures can be different, but the potential of each phase in the matrix and discrete fracture interface needs to be the same. The results for several naturally fractured reservoirs are presented to demonstrate the applicability of the method. (author)
The methods and performance of a three-dimensional Sn transport code employing the Discontinuous Finite Element Method (DFEM) and the Coarse Mesh Finite Difference (CMFD) formulation are presented. The mesh generator GMSH and a post processing visualization tool Visit are combined with the code for flexible geometry processing and versatile visualization. The CMFD method for DFEM Sn applications is formulated and the performance of the CMFD acceleration of eigenvalue calculations is demonstrated for a simple set of neutron transport problems. (authors)
Large eddy simulation for wind field analysis based on stabilized finite element method
Cheng HUANG; Yan BAO; Dai ZHOU; Jin-quan XU
2011-01-01
In this paper, a stabilized finite element technique, actualized by streamline upwind Petrov-Galerkin (SUPG) stabilized method and three-step finite element method (FEM), for large eddy simulation (LES) is developed to predict the wind flow with high Reynolds numbers. Weak form of LES motion equation is combined with the SUPG stabilized term for the spatial finite element discretization. An explicit three-step scheme is implemented for the temporal discretization. For the numerical example of 2D wind flow over a square rib at Re=4.2×105, the Smagorinsky's subgrid-scale (SSGS) model, the DSGS model, and the DSGS model with Cabot near-wall model are applied, and their results are analyzed and compared with experimental results. Furthermore, numerical examples of 3D wind flow around a surface-mounted cube with different Reynolds numbers are performed using DSGS model with Cabot near-wall model based on the present stabilized method to study the wind field and compared with experimental and numerical results. Finally, vortex structures for wind flow around a surface-mounted cube are studied by present numerical method. Stable and satisfactory results are obtained, which are consistent with most of the measurements even under coarse mesh.
Simulation and evaluation of tablet-coating burst based on finite element method.
Yang, Yan; Li, Juan; Miao, Kong-Song; Shan, Wei-Guang; Tang, Lan; Yu, Hai-Ning
2016-09-01
The objective of this study was to simulate and evaluate the burst behavior of coated tablets. Three-dimensional finite element models of tablet-coating were established using software ANSYS. Swelling pressure of cores was measured by a self-made device and applied at the internal surface of the models. Mechanical properties of the polymer film were determined using a texture analyzer and applied as material properties of the models. The resulted finite element models were validated by experimental data. The validated models were used to assess the factors those influenced burst behavior and predict the coating burst behavior. The simulation results of coating burst and failure location were strongly matched with the experimental data. It was found that internal swelling pressure, inside corner radius and corner thickness were three main factors controlling the stress distribution and burst behavior. Based on the linear relationship between the internal pressure and the maximum principle stress on coating, burst pressure of coatings was calculated and used to predict the burst behavior. This study demonstrated that burst behavior of coated tablets could be simulated and evaluated by finite element method. PMID:26727401
The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a numerical technique for finding approximate solutions to boundary value problems. While FEM is commonly used to solve solid mechanics equations, it can be applied to a large range of BVPs from many different fields. FEM has been used for reactor fuels modelling for many years. It is most often used for fuel performance modelling at the pellet and pin scale, however, it has also been used to investigate properties of the fuel material, such as thermal conductivity and fission gas release. Recently, the United Stated Department Nuclear Energy Advanced Modelling and Simulation Program has begun using FEM as the basis of the MOOSE-BISON-MARMOT Project that is developing a multi-dimensional, multi-physics fuel performance capability that is massively parallel and will use multi-scale material models to provide a truly predictive modelling capability. (authors)
Thickness optimization of auricular silicone scaffold based on finite element analysis.
Jiang, Tao; Shang, Jianzhong; Tang, Li; Wang, Zhuo
2016-01-01
An optimized thickness of a transplantable auricular silicone scaffold was researched. The original image data were acquired from CT scans, and reverse modeling technology was used to build a digital 3D model of an auricle. The transplant process was simulated in ANSYS Workbench by finite element analysis (FEA), solid scaffolds were manufactured based on the FEA results, and the transplantable artificial auricle was finally obtained with an optimized thickness, as well as sufficient intensity and hardness. This paper provides a reference for clinical transplant surgery. PMID:26409230
Finite-Element Model-Based Design Synthesis of Axial Flux PMBLDC Motors
Fasil, Muhammed; Mijatovic, Nenad; Jensen, Bogi Bech;
2016-01-01
This paper discusses design synthesis of a permanent magnet brushless DC (PMBLDC) machine using a finite element (FE) model. This work differentiates itself from the past studies by following a synthesis approach, in which many designs that satisfy performance criteria are considered instead of a...... unique solution. The designer can later select a design, based on comparing parameters of the designs, which are critical to the application that the motor will be used. The presented approach makes it easier to define constraints for a design synthesis problem. A detailed description of the setting up...... program is demonstrated by designing a segmented axial torus PMBLDC motor for an electric two-wheeler....
Domain decomposition based iterative methods for nonlinear elliptic finite element problems
Cai, X.C. [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
1994-12-31
The class of overlapping Schwarz algorithms has been extensively studied for linear elliptic finite element problems. In this presentation, the author considers the solution of systems of nonlinear algebraic equations arising from the finite element discretization of some nonlinear elliptic equations. Several overlapping Schwarz algorithms, including the additive and multiplicative versions, with inexact Newton acceleration will be discussed. The author shows that the convergence rate of the Newton`s method is independent of the mesh size used in the finite element discretization, and also independent of the number of subdomains into which the original domain in decomposed. Numerical examples will be presented.
Nosenzo, G.; Dalton, T. [Stokes Research Inst., Univ. of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Whelan, M.P. [European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra (Italy)
2003-07-01
A prototype system for condition monitoring of composite structures is described that relies on the on-line measurement of dynamic strains in order to detect any deterioration in performance due to the accumulation of damage. Strain data from both long gauge and point optical fibre sensors are employed to update finite element models of the analysed structures. Together with Bragg grating point sensors, an innovative Fabry-Perot interferometric long gauge strain sensor is proposed. The cavity of these sensors consists of a pair of matched Bragg grating reflectors allowing a number of sensors of the desired length to be wavelength multiplexed on a single fibre, with the advantage of minimum intrusivity in composite materials while retaining sensing capability over the whole structure. A heterodyne based demodulation system, tailored for these sensors, has been employed. Gradient based optimisation algorithms have been utilised to update structural Finite Elements models based on the output from the fibre optic sensors and strain based modal analyses. These procedures were used to detect the location of areas with known modifications of the stiffness properties in composite structures and showed good results, as the damaged areas have been correctly located. The comparison with results obtained using more conventional updating techniques shows the validity of the dynamic strain data approach in the damage detection field. (orig.)
Pierré, J.-E.; Passieux, J.-C.; Périé, J.-N.; Bugarin, F.; Robert, L.
2016-02-01
Like subset-based methods, the very first finite element versions of digital image correlation were closely related to the regular structure of images, as they were based on regular quadrilateral elements corresponding to an integer number of pixels. The use of unstructured meshes, to exploit the full potential of FE-DIC in structural mechanics, is now widespread. Most of the time, the formulation, the quadrature and the definition of the region of interest still rely on the pixels grid. In this paper, a formulation in the physical coordinate system and not in the image frame is proposed for 2D digital image correlation. In addition to a more precise definition of the region of interest, it allows the use of a more accurate quadrature rule. It is also shown that lens distortions can be successfully taken into account directly with such a formalism.
Zhouhong Zong
2015-08-01
Full Text Available In the engineering practice, merging statistical analysis into structural evaluation and assessment is a tendency in the future. As a combination of mathematical and statistical techniques, response surface (RS methodology has been successfully applied to design optimization, response prediction and model validation. With the aid of RS methodology, these two serial papers present a finite element (FE model updating and validation method for bridge structures based on structural health monitoring. The key issues to implement such a model updating are discussed in this paper, such as design of experiment, parameter screening, construction of high-order polynomial response surface model, optimization methods and precision inspection of RS model. The proposed procedure is illustrated by a prestressed concrete continuous rigid-frame bridge monitored under operational conditions. The results from the updated FE model have been compared with those obtained from online health monitoring system. The real application to a full-size bridge has demonstrated that the FE model updating process is efficient and convenient. The updated FE model can relatively reflect the actual condition of Xiabaishi Bridge in the design space of parameters and can be further applied to FE model validation and damage identification.
Mixed finite element-finite volume methods
Zine Dine, Khadija; Achtaich, Naceur; Chagdali, Mohamed
2010-01-01
This paper is devoted to present a numerical methods for a model of incompressible and miscible flow in porous media. We analyze a numerical scheme combining a mixed finite element method (MFE) and finite volume scheme (FV) for solving a coupled system includes an elliptic equation (pressure and velocity) and a linear convection-diffusion equation (concentration). The (FV) scheme considered is "vertex centered" type semi implicit. We show that this scheme is $L^{\\infty...
Natarajan, Sundararajan; Ooi, Ean Tat; Chiong, Irene; Song, Chongmin
2013-01-01
Three different displacement based finite element formulations over arbitrary polygons are studied in this paper. The formulations considered are: the conventional polygonal finite element method (FEM) with Laplace interpolants, the cell-based smoothed polygonal FEM with simple averaging technique and the scaled boundary polygon formulation. For the purpose of numerical integration, we employ the sub-traingulation for the polygonal FEM and classical Gaussian quadrature for the smoothed FEM an...
Finite Element Based Design Optimization of WENDELSTEIN 7-X Divertor Targets
deformations, and strains are compared to results of high heat flux tests with reasonable agreement being found. Thus, the calculated temporal and spatial evolution of temperatures, stresses, and strains for the individual design variants are evaluated with special attention being paid to stress measures, plastic strains, and damage parameters indicating the risk of failure. Based on the experimentally confirmed model, the finite element analysis resulted in an optimized design. (author)
This thesis is concerned with the numerical simulation of electromagnetic fields in the quasi-static approximation which is applicable in many practical cases. Main emphasis is put on higher-order finite element methods. Quasi-static applications can be found, e.g., in accelerator physics in terms of the design of magnets required for beam guidance, in power engineering as well as in high-voltage engineering. Especially during the first design and optimization phase of respective devices, numerical models offer a cheap alternative to the often costly assembly of prototypes. However, large differences in the magnitude of the material parameters and the geometric dimensions as well as in the time-scales of the electromagnetic phenomena involved lead to an unacceptably long simulation time or to an inadequately large memory requirement. Under certain circumstances, the simulation itself and, in turn, the desired design improvement becomes even impossible. In the context of this thesis, two strategies aiming at the extension of the range of application for numerical simulations based on the finite element method are pursued. The first strategy consists in parallelizing existing methods such that the computation can be distributed over several computers or cores of a processor. As a consequence, it becomes feasible to simulate a larger range of devices featuring more degrees of freedom in the numerical model than before. This is illustrated for the calculation of the electromagnetic fields, in particular of the eddy-current losses, inside a superconducting dipole magnet developed at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung as a part of the FAIR project. As the second strategy to improve the efficiency of numerical simulations, a hybrid discretization scheme exploiting certain geometrical symmetries is established. Using this method, a significant reduction of the numerical effort in terms of required degrees of freedom for a given accuracy is achieved. The
Binglei Wang; Changqing Chen; Yapeng Shen
2006-01-01
A micromechanics-based finite element model for the constitutive behavior of polycrystalline ferromagnets is developed. In the model, the polycrystalline solid is assumed to comprise numerous single crystals with randomly distributed crystallographic orientations, and the single crystals, in turn, consist of ferromagnetic domains, each of which is represented by a cubic element. The dipole directions of the domains are randomly assigned to simulate the crystallographic nature of ferromagnetic polycrystals. A switching criterion for the domains is specified at the microscopic level. The macroscopic constitutive behavior is obtained by averaging the microscopic/local behavior of each domain. The developed model has been applied to the simulation of a ferromagnetic material. With appropriate material parameters adopted, hysteresis loops of the predicted magnetic induction versus magnetic field and those of the strain versus magnetic field are shown to agree well with experimental observations.
Rational bases and generalized barycentrics applications to finite elements and graphics
Wachspress, Eugene
2016-01-01
This three-part volume explores theory for construction of rational interpolation functions for continuous patchwork approximation. Authored by the namesake of the Wachspress Coordinates, the book develops construction of basis functions for a broad class of elements which have widespread graphics and finite element application. Part one is the 1975 book A Rational Finite Element Basis (with minor updates and corrections) written by Dr. Wachspress. Part two describes theoretical advances since 1975 and includes analysis of elements not considered previously. Part three consists of annotated MATLAB programs implementing theory presented in parts one and two.
Mesh Partitioning Algorithm Based on Parallel Finite Element Analysis and Its Actualization
Lei Zhang
2013-01-01
Full Text Available In parallel computing based on finite element analysis, domain decomposition is a key technique for its preprocessing. Generally, a domain decomposition of a mesh can be realized through partitioning of a graph which is converted from a finite element mesh. This paper discusses the method for graph partitioning and the way to actualize mesh partitioning. Relevant softwares are introduced, and the data structure and key functions of Metis and ParMetis are introduced. The writing, compiling, and testing of the mesh partitioning interface program based on these key functions are performed. The results indicate some objective law and characteristics to guide the users who use the graph partitioning algorithm and software to write PFEM program, and ideal partitioning effects can be achieved by actualizing mesh partitioning through the program. The interface program can also be used directly by the engineering researchers as a module of the PFEM software. So that it can reduce the application of the threshold of graph partitioning algorithm, improve the calculation efficiency, and promote the application of graph theory and parallel computing.
Xia Xiaozhou
2013-01-01
Full Text Available In the frame of the extended finite element method, the exponent disconnected function is introduced to reflect the discontinuous characteristic of crack and the crack tip enrichment function which is made of triangular basis function, and the linear polar radius function is adopted to describe the displacement field distribution of elastoplastic crack tip. Where, the linear polar radius function form is chosen to decrease the singularity characteristic induced by the plastic yield zone of crack tip, and the triangle basis function form is adopted to describe the displacement distribution character with the polar angle of crack tip. Based on the displacement model containing the above enrichment displacement function, the increment iterative form of elastoplastic extended finite element method is deduced by virtual work principle. For nonuniform hardening material such as concrete, in order to avoid the nonsymmetry characteristic of stiffness matrix induced by the non-associate flowing of plastic strain, the plastic flowing rule containing cross item based on the least energy dissipation principle is adopted. Finally, some numerical examples show that the elastoplastic X-FEM constructed in this paper is of validity.
Stabilized Finite Elements with Matlab
Asensio, M. I.; A. Russo
2002-01-01
The purpose of this note is to explain the MATLAB code developed to solve an advection diffusion-reaction problem, with different Finite Element Methods: Standard Galerkin [7], Streamline Upwind/ Petrov-Galerkin (SUPG) [6], Unsual Stabilized [8, 9] and Residual-Free Bubbles [3, 4, 5], for both linear (P1) (see [1]) and quadratic (P2) (see [2]) triangular finite elements.
Solution of Finite Element Equations
Krenk, Steen
An important step in solving any problem by the finite element method is the solution of the global equations. Numerical solution of linear equations is a subject covered in most courses in numerical analysis. However, the equations encountered in most finite element applications have some special...
Finite Element Based Lagrangian Vortex Dynamics Model for Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
This paper presents a novel aerodynamic model based on Lagrangian Vortex Dynamics (LVD) formulated using a Finite Element (FE) approach. The advantage of LVD is improved fidelity over Blade Element Momentum Theory (BEMT) while being faster than Numerical Navier-Stokes Models (NNSM) in either primitive or velocity-vorticity formulations. The model improves on conventional LVD in three ways. First, the model is based on an error minimization formulation that can be solved with fast root finding algorithms. In addition to improving accuracy, this eliminates the intrinsic numerical instability of conventional relaxed wake simulations. The method has further advantages in optimization and aero-elastic simulations for two reasons. The root finding algorithm can solve the aerodynamic and structural equations simultaneously, avoiding Gauss-Seidel iteration for compatibility constraints. The second is that the formulation allows for an analytical definition for sensitivity calculations. The second improvement comes from a new discretization scheme based on an FE formulation and numerical quadrature that decouples the spatial, influencing and temporal meshes. The shape for each trailing filament uses basis functions (interpolating splines) that allow for both local polynomial order and element size refinement. A completely independent scheme distributes the influencing (vorticity) elements along the basis functions. This allows for concentrated elements in the near wake for accuracy and progressively less in the far-wake for efficiency. Finally the third improvement is the use of a far-wake model based on semi-infinite vortex cylinders where the radius and strength are related to the wake state. The error-based FE formulation allows the transition to the far wake to occur across a fixed plane
Massively Parallel Finite Element Programming
Heister, Timo
2010-01-01
Today\\'s large finite element simulations require parallel algorithms to scale on clusters with thousands or tens of thousands of processor cores. We present data structures and algorithms to take advantage of the power of high performance computers in generic finite element codes. Existing generic finite element libraries often restrict the parallelization to parallel linear algebra routines. This is a limiting factor when solving on more than a few hundreds of cores. We describe routines for distributed storage of all major components coupled with efficient, scalable algorithms. We give an overview of our effort to enable the modern and generic finite element library deal.II to take advantage of the power of large clusters. In particular, we describe the construction of a distributed mesh and develop algorithms to fully parallelize the finite element calculation. Numerical results demonstrate good scalability. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.
Gear hot forging process robust design based on finite element method
During the hot forging process, the shaping property and forging quality will fluctuate because of die wear, manufacturing tolerance, dimensional variation caused by temperature and the different friction conditions, etc. In order to control this variation in performance and to optimize the process parameters, a robust design method is proposed in this paper, based on the finite element method for the hot forging process. During the robust design process, the Taguchi method is the basic robust theory. The finite element analysis is incorporated in order to simulate the hot forging process. In addition, in order to calculate the objective function value, an orthogonal design method is selected to arrange experiments and collect sample points. The ANOVA method is employed to analyze the relationships of the design parameters and design objectives and to find the best parameters. Finally, a case study for the gear hot forging process is conducted. With the objective to reduce the forging force and its variation, the robust design mathematical model is established. The optimal design parameters obtained from this study indicate that the forging force has been reduced and its variation has been controlled
Generation of Accelerated Stability Experiment Profile of Inertial Platform Based on Finite Element
CHEN Yunxia; HUANG Xiaokai; KANG Rui
2012-01-01
The residual stress generated in the manufacturing process of inertial platform causes the drift of inertial platform parameters in long-term storage condition.However,the existing temperature cycling experiment could not meet the increased repeatability technical requirements of inertial platform parameters.In order to solve this problem,in this paper,firstly the Unigraphics (UG) software and the interface compatibility of ANSYS software are used to establish the inertial platform finite element model.Secondly,the residual stress is loaded into finite element model by ANSYS function editor in the form of surface loads to analyze the efficiency.And then,the generation based on ANSYS simulation inertial platform to accelerate the stability of experiment profile is achieved by the application of the analysis method of orthogonal experimental design and ANSYS thermal-structural coupling.The optimum accelerated stability experiment profile is determined finally,which realizes the rapid,effective release of inertial platform residual stress.The research methodology and conclusion of this paper have great theoretical and practical significance to the production technology of inertial platform.
Xi Chen; JianKun Liu; Nan Xie; HuiJing Sun
2015-01-01
Prediction on the coupled thermal-hydraulic fields of embankment and cutting slopes is essential to the assessment on evolution of melting zone and natural permafrost table, which is usually a key factor for permafrost embankment design in frozen ground regions. The prediction may be further complicated due to the inherent uncertainties of material properties. Hence, stochastic analyses should be conducted. Firstly, Karhunen-Loeve expansion is applied to attain the random fields for hydraulic and thermal conductions. Next, the mixed-form modified Richards equation for mass transfer (i.e., mass equation) and the heat transport equation for heat transient flow in a variably saturated frozen soil are combined into one equation with temperature unknown. Furthermore, the finite element formulation for the coupled thermal-hydraulic fields is derived. Based on the random fields, the stochastic finite element analyses on stability of embankment are carried out. Numerical results show that stochastic analyses of embankment stability may provide a more rational picture for the distribution of factors of safety (FOS), which is definitely useful for embankment design in frozen ground regions.
Mixed finite element-based fully conservative methods for simulating wormhole propagation
Kou, Jisheng
2015-10-11
Wormhole propagation during reactive dissolution of carbonates plays a very important role in the product enhancement of oil and gas reservoir. Because of high velocity and nonuniform porosity, the Darcy–Forchheimer model is applicable for this problem instead of conventional Darcy framework. We develop a mixed finite element scheme for numerical simulation of this problem, in which mixed finite element methods are used not only for the Darcy–Forchheimer flow equations but also for the solute transport equation by introducing an auxiliary flux variable to guarantee full mass conservation. In theoretical analysis aspects, based on the cut-off operator of solute concentration, we construct an analytical function to control and handle the change of porosity with time; we treat the auxiliary flux variable as a function of velocity and establish its properties; we employ the coupled analysis approach to deal with the fully coupling relation of multivariables. From this, the stability analysis and a priori error estimates for velocity, pressure, concentration and porosity are established in different norms. Numerical results are also given to verify theoretical analysis and effectiveness of the proposed scheme.
Haijun Zhang
2009-10-01
Full Text Available Torque ripple is a major problem of switched reluctance motor drive system, which causes undesirable vibration and acoustic noise. In this paper, a novel method of torque closed-loop and fuzzy compensation control for the switched reluctance motor drive system based on finite element model is described. In terms of the simulation results and the special characteristics of static torquecurrent-angle which are calculated by finite element method, the phase current can be treated just as the nonlinear function of phase torque. With the proposed control concept, a compensating signal is added to the phase current, the current shape can vary with the fuzzy control ruler to minimize the torque ripple. In the end, an example of 8/6 poles switched reluctance motor is simulated. Simulation results show that the torque ripple coefficient Ti can be reduced about fifty percent and the total torque also can be advanced, which verifies the effects of the proposed fuzzy compensation control technique.
Node-based parallel mesh generation and finite element solver for high speed compressible flows
A node-based parallel mesh generation and finite element procedure for high speed compressible flows is presented. In general, the numerical analysis of flows with shock waves requires very fine computational grids and consumes a lot of computing time. For such large amounts of calculations, parallel computing is very effective. However, a lot of parallel techniques for CFD focus strictly on the solution of the system of equations, while the mesh generation process is not parallelized in many cases. In the present work, we attempt seamless parallel computing involving pre-processing and main-processing for compressible flows. The finite elements are generated in the local area around each node and the finite element assembly operations are carried out node-by-node. In this method, both pre-processing and main-processing are parallelized by means of the nodal identification number. Load balancing is achieved by simply allocating equal number of nodes to each processor. Furthermore, the amount of the communication among processors is minimized by reordering the nodal identification number using the parallel graph partitioning library, ParMETIS. As for the numerical scheme for compressible Euler equations, the two-step Taylor-Galerkin method is employed. In order to remove the numerical instability, artificial viscosity based on the Lapidus model is applied. The concept of an element in the usual FEM is represented by a data structure of the connectivity between a central node and associated satellite nodes. The communication among different processors is required if and only if associated satellite nodes exist in other processors. The present method is implemented on distributed memory systems such as a PC cluster and a commercial massively paralleled computer. The performance of the method is illustrated by computing of supersonic flows over a forward facing step. These examples show that crisp shock waves are effectively computed on multiple processors. The total
Pennec, Fabienne; Alzina, Arnaud; Tessier-Doyen, Nicolas; Naitali, Benoit; Smith, David S.
2012-11-01
This work is about the calculation of thermal conductivity of insulating building materials made from plant particles. To determine the type of raw materials, the particle sizes or the volume fractions of plant and binder, a tool dedicated to calculate the thermal conductivity of heterogeneous materials has been developped, using the discrete element method to generate the volume element and the finite element method to calculate the homogenized properties. A 3D optical scanner has been used to capture plant particle shapes and convert them into a cluster of discret elements. These aggregates are initially randomly distributed but without any overlap, and then fall down in a container due to the gravity force and collide with neighbour particles according to a velocity Verlet algorithm. Once the RVE is built, the geometry is exported in the open-source Salome-Meca platform to be meshed. The calculation of the effective thermal conductivity of the heterogeneous volume is then performed using a homogenization technique, based on an energy method. To validate the numerical tool, thermal conductivity measurements have been performed on sunflower pith aggregates and on packed beds of the same particles. The experimental values have been compared satisfactorily with a batch of numerical simulations.
This work is about the calculation of thermal conductivity of insulating building materials made from plant particles. To determine the type of raw materials, the particle sizes or the volume fractions of plant and binder, a tool dedicated to calculate the thermal conductivity of heterogeneous materials has been developped, using the discrete element method to generate the volume element and the finite element method to calculate the homogenized properties. A 3D optical scanner has been used to capture plant particle shapes and convert them into a cluster of discret elements. These aggregates are initially randomly distributed but without any overlap, and then fall down in a container due to the gravity force and collide with neighbour particles according to a velocity Verlet algorithm. Once the RVE is built, the geometry is exported in the open-source Salome-Meca platform to be meshed. The calculation of the effective thermal conductivity of the heterogeneous volume is then performed using a homogenization technique, based on an energy method. To validate the numerical tool, thermal conductivity measurements have been performed on sunflower pith aggregates and on packed beds of the same particles. The experimental values have been compared satisfactorily with a batch of numerical simulations.
An explanation for the shape of nanoindentation unloading curves based on finite element simulation
Current methods for measuring hardness and modulus from nanoindentation load-displacement data are based on Sneddon's equations for the indentation of an elastic half-space by an axially symmetric rigid punch. Recent experiments have shown that nanoindentation unloading data are distinctly curved in a manner which is not consistent with either the flat punch or the conical indenter geometries frequently used in modeling, but are more closely approximated by a parabola of revolution. Finite element simulations for conical indentation of an elastic-plastic material are presented which corroborate the experimental observations, and from which a simple explanation for the shape of the unloading curve is derived. The explanation is based on the concept of an effective indenter shape whose geometry is determined by the shape of the plastic hardness impression formed during indentation
Direct comparison of hydraulic tortuosity and electric tortuosity based on finite element analysis
H. Saomoto
2015-08-01
Full Text Available Tortuosity is one of the key parameters to characterize the transport properties of porous media. There are many models for tortuosity estimation based on some definitions: geometric, hydraulic, electric, and diffusive definitions. However, relationships among those tortuosities remain unclear due to the lack of direct comparison on the same porous media. Here we focus on hydraulic and electric tortuosities and have conducted a series of finite element simulations with the Navier–Stokes equation and the equation for electric current to directly compare tortuosities. The results revealed that: (1 on average, hydraulic tortuosity is 15% greater than that of the electric one; (2 the proposed model based on the van Genuchten-type function successfully approximates both hydraulic and electric tortuosities; (3 tortuosities obtained from the porous media packed with circular particles and square particles show quantitatively similar trends.
In Layered Manufacturing (LM), the CAD model of a part is sliced into layers using the conventional STL file format. This Layer wise data is fed into a deposition system, which then builds up the part, depositing the required material, layer by layer. The manufacturing of form-fit-function component rather then form-fit component is a major issue in Layered Manufacturing based Rapid Proto typing systems. As the deposition method, Gas Metal Arc welding (GMAW) has shown potential, for LM of metallic components, due to its inherent feature of high inter-layer and metallurgical bonding. Residual Stress induced warping is a major concern in a variety of LM processes, particularly those seeking to build parts directly without post processing steps. Welding is one of those processes where high heat input results in large thermal gradients; these thermal gradients along with the mechanical constraints cause the build up of residual stresses. In order to reduce the residual stresses and deformation, the first step is to correctly model the thermal cycle associated with the deposition process. More over important deposition parameters like re-melting depth, heat affected zone can also be predicted from the thermal model This paper presents a 3D finite element based thermal model of a novel welding based deposition process as applied to layered manufacturing. A Commercial finite element software ANSYS is coupled with a user programmed subroutine to implement the main welding features like Goldak Double Ellipsoidal Heat source, material addition, temperature dependent material properties along with the deposition features like deposition patterns and dimensions. Simulations have been carried out with various patterns and inter pass time and it has been found that different deposition patterns cause change in Remelting depth and thermal gradients. (author)
Multiscale finite element simulation of forming processes based on crystal plasticity
SOHO, Komi; ABED-MERAIM, Farid; LEMOINE, Xavier; Zahrouni, Hamid
2014-01-01
For the numerical simulation of sheet metal forming processes, the commercial finite element software packages are among the most commonly used. However, these software packages have some limitations; in particular, they essentially contain phenomenological constitutive models and thus do not allow accounting for the physical mechanisms of plasticity that take place at finer scales as well as the associated microstructure evolution. In this context, we propose to couple the Abaqus finite elem...
Some practical considerations in finite element-based digital image correlation
Wang, Bo
2015-04-20
As an alternative to subset-based digital image correlation (DIC), finite element-based (FE-based) DIC method has gained increasing attention in the experimental mechanics community. However, the literature survey reveals that some important issues have not been well addressed in the published literatures. This work therefore aims to point out a few important considerations in the practical algorithm implementation of the FE-based DIC method, along with simple but effective solutions that can effectively tackle these issues. First, to better accommodate the possible intensity variations of the deformed images practically occurred in real experiments, a robust zero-mean normalized sum of squared difference criterion, instead of the commonly used sum of squared difference criterion, is introduced to quantify the similarity between reference and deformed elements in FE-based DIC. Second, to reduce the bias error induced by image noise and imperfect intensity interpolation, low-pass filtering of the speckle images with a 5×5 pixels Gaussian filter prior to correlation analysis, is presented. Third, to ensure the iterative calculation of FE-based DIC converges correctly and rapidly, an efficient subset-based DIC method, instead of simple integer-pixel displacement searching, is used to provide accurate initial guess of deformation for each calculation point. Also, the effects of various convergence criteria on the efficiency and accuracy of FE-based DIC are carefully examined, and a proper convergence criterion is recommended. The efficacy of these solutions is verified by numerical and real experiments. The results reveal that the improved FE-based DIC offers evident advantages over existing FE-based DIC method in terms of accuracy and efficiency. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Planning of Shelf Operation in Dysplastic Hip by CT and MRI Based Finite Element Contact Analysis
Kim, Yoon Hyuk; Park, Won Man; Kim, Kyungsoo; Yoo, Won Joon; Cho, Tae Joon; Choi, In Ho
Finite element contact analyses of dysplastic hip joints were performed based on CT and MR images as a surgical planning tool of the shelf operation. The 3-D cartilage thickness was approximated using MRI, and the joint contact force was calculated from a 3-D expansion of the Ninomiya’s method. After surgical planning, the anatomical parameters including the CE angle, the AC angle, the sharp angle and the spheric sector angle were improved to normal hips. The mechanical parameters including the maximum contact pressure, the contact area and the quality of contact pressure distribution also were improved. The present models and the results can be used as a computer simulation tool for optimal pre-operative planning of the shelf operation in hip dysplasia.
Strain-Based Damage Determination Using Finite Element Analysis for Structural Health Management
Hochhalter, Jacob D.; Krishnamurthy, Thiagaraja; Aguilo, Miguel A.
2016-01-01
A damage determination method is presented that relies on in-service strain sensor measurements. The method employs a gradient-based optimization procedure combined with the finite element method for solution to the forward problem. It is demonstrated that strains, measured at a limited number of sensors, can be used to accurately determine the location, size, and orientation of damage. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the general procedure. This work is motivated by the need to provide structural health management systems with a real-time damage characterization. The damage cases investigated herein are characteristic of point-source damage, which can attain critical size during flight. The procedure described can be used to provide prognosis tools with the current damage configuration.
Computational statics and dynamics an introduction based on the finite element method
Öchsner, Andreas
2016-01-01
This book introduces readers to modern computational mechanics based on the finite element method. It helps students succeed in mechanics courses by showing them how to apply the fundamental knowledge they gained in the first years of their engineering education to more advanced topics. In order to deepen readers’ understanding of the derived equations and theories, each chapter also includes supplementary problems. These problems start with fundamental knowledge questions on the theory presented in the chapter, followed by calculation problems. In total over 80 such calculation problems are provided, along with brief solutions for each. This book is especially designed to meet the needs of Australian students, reviewing the mathematics covered in their first two years at university. The 13-week course comprises three hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials per week.
Finite element model updating of existing steel bridge based on structural health monitoring
HE Xu-hui; YU zhi-wu; CHEN Zheng-qing
2008-01-01
Based on the physical meaning of sensitivity, a new finite element (FE) model updating method was proposed. In this method, a three-dimensional FE model of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge (NYRB) with ANSYS program was established and updated by modifying some design parameters. To further validate the updated FE model, the analytical stress-time histories responses of main members induced by a moving train were compared with the measured ones. The results show that the relative error of maximum stress is 2.49% and the minimum relative coefficient of analytical stress-time histories responses is 0.793. The updated model has a good agreement between the calculated data and the tested data, and provides a current baseline FE model for long-term health monitoring and condition assessment of the NYRB. At the same time, the model is validated by stress-time histories responses to be feasible and practical for railway steel bridge model updating.
A PETSc-Based Parallel Implementation of Finite Element Method for Elasticity Problems
Jianfei Zhang
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Starting a parallel code from scratch is not a good choice for parallel programming finite element analysis of elasticity problems because we cannot make full use of our existing serial code and the programming work is painful for developers. PETSc provides libraries for various numerical methods that can give us more flexibility in migrating our serial application code to a parallel implementation. We present the approach to parallelize the existing finite element code within the PETSc framework. Our approach permits users to easily implement the formation and solution of linear system arising from finite element discretization of elasticity problem. The main PETSc subroutines are given for the main parallelization step and the corresponding code fragments are listed. Cantilever examples are used to validate the code and test the performance.
Finite element computational fluid mechanics
Baker, A. J.
1983-01-01
Finite element analysis as applied to the broad spectrum of computational fluid mechanics is analyzed. The finite element solution methodology is derived, developed, and applied directly to the differential equation systems governing classes of problems in fluid mechanics. The heat conduction equation is used to reveal the essence and elegance of finite element theory, including higher order accuracy and convergence. The algorithm is extended to the pervasive nonlinearity of the Navier-Stokes equations. A specific fluid mechanics problem class is analyzed with an even mix of theory and applications, including turbulence closure and the solution of turbulent flows.
The element-based finite volume method applied to petroleum reservoir simulation
Cordazzo, Jonas; Maliska, Clovis R.; Silva, Antonio F.C. da; Hurtado, Fernando S.V. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica
2004-07-01
In this work a numerical model for simulating petroleum reservoirs using the Element-based Finite Volume Method (EbFVM) is presented. The method employs unstructured grids using triangular and/or quadrilateral elements, such that complex reservoir geometries can be easily represented. Due to the control-volume approach, local mass conservation is enforced, permitting a direct physical interpretation of the resulting discrete equations. It is demonstrated that this method can deal with the permeability maps without averaging procedures, since this scheme assumes uniform properties inside elements, instead inside of control volumes, avoiding the need of weighting the permeability values at the control volumes interfaces. Moreover, it is easy to include the full permeability tensor in this method, which is an important issue in simulating heterogeneous and anisotropic reservoirs. Finally, a comparison among the results obtained using the scheme proposed in this work in the EbFVM framework with those obtained employing the scheme commonly used in petroleum reservoir simulation is presented. It is also shown that the scheme proposed is less susceptible to the grid orientation effect with the increasing of the mobility ratio. (author)
A NURBS-based generalized finite element scheme for 3D simulation of heterogeneous materials
Safdari, Masoud; Najafi, Ahmad R.; Sottos, Nancy R.; Geubelle, Philippe H.
2016-08-01
A 3D NURBS-based interface-enriched generalized finite element method (NIGFEM) is introduced to solve problems with complex discontinuous gradient fields observed in the analysis of heterogeneous materials. The method utilizes simple structured meshes of hexahedral elements that do not necessarily conform to the material interfaces in heterogeneous materials. By avoiding the creation of conforming meshes used in conventional FEM, the NIGFEM leads to significant simplification of the mesh generation process. To achieve an accurate solution in elements that are crossed by material interfaces, the NIGFEM utilizes Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) to enrich the solution field locally. The accuracy and convergence of the NIGFEM are tested by solving a benchmark problem. We observe that the NIGFEM preserves an optimal rate of convergence, and provides additional advantages including the accurate capture of the solution fields in the vicinity of material interfaces and the built-in capability for hierarchical mesh refinement. Finally, the use of the NIGFEM in the computational analysis of heterogeneous materials is discussed.
Finite element simulation of mechanical behaviour of nickel-based metallic foam structures
Kaoua, Sid-Ali; Dahmoun, Djaffar; Belhadj, Abd-Elmouneim [Laboratoire des Sciences et de Genie des Materiaux (LSGM), Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene (USTHB), BP 32 El-Allia, 16111 Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Azzaz, Mohammed [Laboratoire des Sciences et de Genie des Materiaux (LSGM), Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene (USTHB), BP 32 El-Allia, 16111 Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria)], E-mail: azzaz@wissal.dz
2009-03-05
In this paper, numerical simulation by finite elements is performed in order to study the mechanical behaviour of foam structures subjected to tension loading. The anisotropic cellular model of Gibson and Ashby is taken like reference in our simulation. The foam structure, constituted by struts and connection stems, is modelled by space beam finite elements. This led to a parametric analysis showing the evolution of foam Young modulus according to some geometrical parameters of the cellular network structure, such as shape and dimensions of cross-section, connection stem length.
Finite element simulation of mechanical behaviour of nickel-based metallic foam structures
In this paper, numerical simulation by finite elements is performed in order to study the mechanical behaviour of foam structures subjected to tension loading. The anisotropic cellular model of Gibson and Ashby is taken like reference in our simulation. The foam structure, constituted by struts and connection stems, is modelled by space beam finite elements. This led to a parametric analysis showing the evolution of foam Young modulus according to some geometrical parameters of the cellular network structure, such as shape and dimensions of cross-section, connection stem length
The simulation of electrostatic coupling intra-body communication based on the finite-element method
Song Yong; Zhang Kai; Yang Guang; Zhu Kang; Hao Qun
2011-01-01
In this paper, investigation has been done in the computer simulation of the electrostatic coupling IBC by using the developed finite-element models, in which a. the incidence and reflection of electronic signal in the upper arm model were analyzed by using the theory of electromagnetic wave; b. the finite-element models of electrostatic coupling IBC were developed by using the electromagnetic analysis package of ANSYS software; c. the signal attenuation of electrostatic coupling IBC were simulated under the conditions of different signal frequencies, electrodes directions, electrodes sizes and transmission distances. Finally, some important conclusions are deduced on the basis of simulation results.
Fan Yuxin
2014-12-01
Full Text Available A fluid–structure interaction method combining a nonlinear finite element algorithm with a preconditioning finite volume method is proposed in this paper to simulate parachute transient dynamics. This method uses a three-dimensional membrane–cable fabric model to represent a parachute system at a highly folded configuration. The large shape change during parachute inflation is computed by the nonlinear Newton–Raphson iteration and the linear system equation is solved by the generalized minimal residual (GMRES method. A membrane wrinkling algorithm is also utilized to evaluate the special uniaxial tension state of membrane elements on the parachute canopy. In order to avoid large time expenses during structural nonlinear iteration, the implicit Hilber–Hughes–Taylor (HHT time integration method is employed. For the fluid dynamic simulations, the Roe and HLLC (Harten–Lax–van Leer contact scheme has been modified and extended to compute flow problems at all speeds. The lower–upper symmetric Gauss–Seidel (LU-SGS approximate factorization is applied to accelerate the numerical convergence speed. Finally, the test model of a highly folded C-9 parachute is simulated at a prescribed speed and the results show similar characteristics compared with experimental results and previous literature.
Fan Yuxin; Xia Jian
2014-01-01
A fluid–structure interaction method combining a nonlinear finite element algorithm with a preconditioning finite volume method is proposed in this paper to simulate parachute tran-sient dynamics. This method uses a three-dimensional membrane–cable fabric model to represent a parachute system at a highly folded configuration. The large shape change during parachute infla-tion is computed by the nonlinear Newton–Raphson iteration and the linear system equation is solved by the generalized minimal residual (GMRES) method. A membrane wrinkling algorithm is also utilized to evaluate the special uniaxial tension state of membrane elements on the parachute canopy. In order to avoid large time expenses during structural nonlinear iteration, the implicit Hil-ber–Hughes–Taylor (HHT) time integration method is employed. For the fluid dynamic simula-tions, the Roe and HLLC (Harten–Lax–van Leer contact) scheme has been modified and extended to compute flow problems at all speeds. The lower–upper symmetric Gauss–Seidel (LU-SGS) approximate factorization is applied to accelerate the numerical convergence speed. Finally, the test model of a highly folded C-9 parachute is simulated at a prescribed speed and the results show similar characteristics compared with experimental results and previous literature.
Finite Element Method: An Overview
Vishal JAGOTA
2013-02-01
Full Text Available The finite element method (FEM is a numerical analysis technique for obtaining approximate solutions to a wide variety of engineering problems. A finite element model of a problem gives a piecewise approximation to the governing equations. The basic premise of the FEM is that a solution region can be analytically modeled or approximated by replacing it with an assemblage of discrete elements (discretization. Since these elements can be put together in a variety of ways, they can be used to represent exceedingly complex shapes.
Nonlinear, finite deformation, finite element analysis
Nguyen, Nhung; Waas, Anthony M.
2016-06-01
The roles of the consistent Jacobian matrix and the material tangent moduli, which are used in nonlinear incremental finite deformation mechanics problems solved using the finite element method, are emphasized in this paper, and demonstrated using the commercial software ABAQUS standard. In doing so, the necessity for correctly employing user material subroutines to solve nonlinear problems involving large deformation and/or large rotation is clarified. Starting with the rate form of the principle of virtual work, the derivations of the material tangent moduli, the consistent Jacobian matrix, the stress/strain measures, and the objective stress rates are discussed and clarified. The difference between the consistent Jacobian matrix (which, in the ABAQUS UMAT user material subroutine is referred to as DDSDDE) and the material tangent moduli ( C e ) needed for the stress update is pointed out and emphasized in this paper. While the former is derived based on the Jaumann rate of the Kirchhoff stress, the latter is derived using the Jaumann rate of the Cauchy stress. Understanding the difference between these two objective stress rates is crucial for correctly implementing a constitutive model, especially a rate form constitutive relation, and for ensuring fast convergence. Specifically, the implementation requires the stresses to be updated correctly. For this, the strains must be computed directly from the deformation gradient and corresponding strain measure (for a total form model). Alternatively, the material tangent moduli derived from the corresponding Jaumann rate of the Cauchy stress of the constitutive relation (for a rate form model) should be used. Given that this requirement is satisfied, the consistent Jacobian matrix only influences the rate of convergence. Its derivation should be based on the Jaumann rate of the Kirchhoff stress to ensure fast convergence; however, the use of a different objective stress rate may also be possible. The error associated
Finite element based design of software for integrated passive and active vibration control
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2001-01-01
Presents the design scheme developed for design of software forIntegrated Passive and Active Vibration Control(IPAVC) and the coding of a prototyne system, and the selection of the famous finite element program MSC/NASTRAN as an important module of software to deal with large and complicated structures and systems with an example to demonstrate the prototype system.
Gao, Hao; Wang, Huiming; Berry, Colin; Luo, Xiaoyu; Griffith, Boyce E.
2014-01-01
Finite stress and strain analyses of the heart provide insight into the biomechanics of myocardial function and dysfunction. Herein, we describe progress toward dynamic patient-specific models of the left ventricle using an immersed boundary (IB) method with a finite element (FE) structural mechanics model. We use a structure-based hyperelastic strain-energy function to describe the passive mechanics of the ventricular myocardium, a realistic anatomical geometry reconstructed from clinical ma...
Finite element and finite difference methods in electromagnetic scattering
Morgan, MA
2013-01-01
This second volume in the Progress in Electromagnetic Research series examines recent advances in computational electromagnetics, with emphasis on scattering, as brought about by new formulations and algorithms which use finite element or finite difference techniques. Containing contributions by some of the world's leading experts, the papers thoroughly review and analyze this rapidly evolving area of computational electromagnetics. Covering topics ranging from the new finite-element based formulation for representing time-harmonic vector fields in 3-D inhomogeneous media using two coupled sca
A finite element perspective on non-linear FFT-based micromechanical simulations
Zeman, Jan; Vondřejc, Jaroslav; Peerlings, Ron H J; Geers, Marc G D
2016-01-01
Fourier solvers have become efficient tools to establish structure-property relations in heterogeneous materials. Introduced as an alternative to the Finite Element (FE) method, they are based on fixed-point solutions of the Lippmann-Schwinger type integral equation. Their computational efficiency results from handling the kernel of this equation by the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). However, the kernel is derived from an auxiliary homogeneous linear problem, which renders the extension of FFT-based schemes to non-linear problems conceptually difficult. This paper aims to establish a link between FE- and FFT-based methods, in order to develop a solver applicable to general history- and time-dependent material models. For this purpose, we follow the standard steps of the FE method, starting from the weak form, proceeding to the Galerkin discretization and the numerical quadrature, up to the solution of non-linear equilibrium equations by an iterative Newton-Krylov solver. No auxiliary linear problem is thus nee...
Analysis of elastic-plastic problems using edge-based smoothed finite element method
Cui, X.Y. [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Design and Manufacturing for Vehicle Body, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Centre for Advanced Computations in Engineering Science (ACES), Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, 117576 Singapore (Singapore); Liu, G.R. [Centre for Advanced Computations in Engineering Science (ACES), Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 9 Engineering Drive 1, 117576 Singapore (Singapore); Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA), E4-04-10, 4 Engineering Drive 3, 117576 Singapore (Singapore); Li, G.Y. [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Design and Manufacturing for Vehicle Body, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China)], E-mail: gyli@hnu.cn; Zhang, G.Y. [Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA), E4-04-10, 4 Engineering Drive 3, 117576 Singapore (Singapore); Sun, G.Y. [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Design and Manufacturing for Vehicle Body, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China)
2009-10-15
In this paper, an edge-based smoothed finite element method (ES-FEM) is formulated for stress field determination of elastic-plastic problems using triangular meshes, in which smoothing domains associated with the edges of the triangles are used for smoothing operations to improve the accuracy and the convergence rate of the method. The smoothed Galerkin weak form is adopted to obtain the discretized system equations, and the numerical integration becomes a simple summation over the edge-based smoothing domains. The pseudo-elastic method is employed for the determination of stress field and Hencky's total deformation theory is used to define effective elastic material parameters, which are treated as field variables and considered as functions of the final state of stress fields. The effective elastic material parameters are then obtained in an iterative manner based on the strain controlled projection method from the uniaxial material curve. Some numerical examples are investigated and excellent results have been obtained demonstrating the effectivity of the present method.
Bo Li
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The lack of evaluation standard for safety coefficient based on finite element method (FEM limits the wide application of FEM in roller compacted concrete dam (RCCD. In this paper, the strength reserve factor (SRF method is adopted to simulate gradual failure and possible unstable modes of RCCD system. The entropy theory and catastrophe theory are used to obtain the ultimate bearing resistance and failure criterion of the RCCD. The most dangerous sliding plane for RCCD failure is found using the Latin hypercube sampling (LHS and auxiliary analysis of partial least squares regression (PLSR. Finally a method for determining the evaluation standard of RCCD safety coefficient based on FEM is put forward using least squares support vector machines (LSSVM and particle swarm optimization (PSO. The proposed method is applied to safety coefficient analysis of the Longtan RCCD in China. The calculation shows that RCCD failure is closely related to RCCD interface strength, and the Longtan RCCD is safe in the design condition. Considering RCCD failure characteristic and combining the advantages of several excellent algorithms, the proposed method determines the evaluation standard for safety coefficient of RCCD based on FEM for the first time and can be popularized to any RCCD.
Material characterization of open-cell foams by finite element based micromechanics methods
Thiyagasundaram, Prasanna
Finite element based micromechanics methods have been used for predicting elastic properties, failure strengths, mode-I, mode-II and mixed mode fracture toughness of open-cell foams. In predicting the orthotropic elastic properties, foams with both equisided and Kelvin-elongated tetrakaidecahedron unit cells are studied. Periodic Boundary Conditions (PBCs) exploiting the special repeating microstructural geometry for these materials have been derived and have been applied on the micromechanical model to calculate the elastic properties. It is shown that the results for the elastic constants from these finite element based models agree well with the available analytical models. Further studies such as effect of a varying strut cross-section over a uniform strut cross-section on the elastic properties are also done in the same context. Next, the procedures used for predicting the above elastic properties are extended to predict multi-axial failure strengths of these low density open cell foams with a microstructure made out of tetrakaidecahedral unit cells. Again, foams with both equisided tetrakaidecahedron and Kelvin-elongated tetrakaidecahedron as unit cells are studied. Failure strengths in different material directions are computed using direct Micromechanics based Methods (DMM). Further, the effect of a varying strut cross section over a uniform strut cross section on failure strengths is also presented. Bi-axial failure envelopes for foams with equisided tetrakaidecahedron unit cells are shown to take the shape of a regular hexagon in the hydrostatic plane. The tri-axial failure envelope for foams made out of equisided tetrakaidecahedron unit cells is shown to have a shape of a double hexagonal pyramid. The bi-axial and tri-axial failure envelopes of foams with elongated tetrakaidecahedron unit cells are also plotted and the effect of anisotropy in foams with these unit cells on the failure envelopes is also discussed. Next, global-local models are developed
Finite element analysis of piezoelectric materials
This guide is intended to help people wanting to do finite element analysis of piezoelectric materials by answering some of the questions that are peculiar to piezoelectric materials. The document is not intended as a complete beginners guide for finite element analysis in general as this is better dealt with by the individual software producers. The guide is based around the commercial package ANSYS as this is a popular package amongst piezoelectric material users, however much of the information will still be useful to users of other finite element codes. (author)
Finite element methods for engineers
Fenner, Roger T
2013-01-01
This book is intended as a textbook providing a deliberately simple introduction to finite element methods in a way that should be readily understandable to engineers, both students and practising professionals. Only the very simplest elements are considered, mainly two dimensional three-noded “constant strain triangles”, with simple linear variation of the relevant variables. Chapters of the book deal with structural problems (beams), classification of a broad range of engineering into harmonic and biharmonic types, finite element analysis of harmonic problems, and finite element analysis of biharmonic problems (plane stress and plane strain). Full Fortran programs are listed and explained in detail, and a range of practical problems solved in the text. Despite being somewhat unfashionable for general programming purposes, the Fortran language remains very widely used in engineering. The programs listed, which were originally developed for use on mainframe computers, have been thoroughly updated for use ...
Convergence of finite elements enriched with meshless methods
Fernandez Mendez, Sonia; Díez, Pedro; Huerta, Antonio
2003-01-01
A combined hierarchical approximation based on finite elements and mesh-less methods is proposed and studied. Finite Elements are enriched adding hierarchical shape functions based on a particle distribution. Convergence results are presented and proved.
Rouillard, Andrew D; Holmes, Jeffrey W
2014-08-01
Following myocardial infarction, damaged muscle is gradually replaced by collagenous scar tissue. The structural and mechanical properties of the scar are critical determinants of heart function, as well as the risk of serious post-infarction complications such as infarct rupture, infarct expansion, and progression to dilated heart failure. A number of therapeutic approaches currently under development aim to alter infarct mechanics in order to reduce complications, such as implantation of mechanical restraint devices, polymer injection, and peri-infarct pacing. Because mechanical stimuli regulate scar remodeling, the long-term consequences of therapies that alter infarct mechanics must be carefully considered. Computational models have the potential to greatly improve our ability to understand and predict how such therapies alter heart structure, mechanics, and function over time. Toward this end, we developed a straightforward method for coupling an agent-based model of scar formation to a finite-element model of tissue mechanics, creating a multi-scale model that captures the dynamic interplay between mechanical loading, scar deformation, and scar material properties. The agent-based component of the coupled model predicts how fibroblasts integrate local chemical, structural, and mechanical cues as they deposit and remodel collagen, while the finite-element component predicts local mechanics at any time point given the current collagen fiber structure and applied loads. We used the coupled model to explore the balance between increasing stiffness due to collagen deposition and increasing wall stress due to infarct thinning and left ventricular dilation during the normal time course of healing in myocardial infarcts, as well as the negative feedback between strain anisotropy and the structural anisotropy it promotes in healing scar. The coupled model reproduced the observed evolution of both collagen fiber structure and regional deformation following coronary
Finite Element Method Based Modeling for Prediction of Cutting Forces in Micro-end Milling
Pratap, Tej; Patra, Karali
2016-04-01
Micro-end milling is one of the widely used processes for producing micro features/components in micro-fluidic systems, biomedical applications, aerospace applications, electronics and many more fields. However in these applications, the forces generated in the micro-end milling process can cause tool vibration, process instability and even cause tool breakage if not minimized. Therefore, an accurate prediction of cutting forces in micro-end milling is essential. In this work, a finite element method based model is developed using ABAQUS/Explicit 6.12 software for prediction of cutting forces in micro-end milling with due consideration of tool edge radius effect, thermo-mechanical properties and failure parameters of the workpiece material including friction behaviour at tool-chip interface. Experiments have been performed for manufacturing of microchannels on copper plate using 500 µm diameter tungsten carbide micro-end mill and cutting forces are acquired through a dynamometer. Predicted cutting forces in feed and cross feed directions are compared with experimental results and are found to be in good agreements. Results also show that FEM based simulations can be applied to analyze size effects of specific cutting forces in micro-end milling process.
Quan Gu
2014-01-01
Full Text Available In the context of performance-based earthquake engineering, reliability method has been of significant importance in performance and risk assessment of structures or soil-structure interaction (SSI systems. The finite element (FE reliability method combines FE analysis with state-of-the-art methods in reliability analysis and has been employed increasingly to estimate the probability of occurrence of failure events corresponding to various hazard levels (e.g., earthquakes with various intensity. In this paper, crucial components for FE reliability analysis are reviewed and summarized. Furthermore, recent advances in both time invariant and time variant reliability analysis methods for realistic nonlinear SSI systems are presented and applied to a two-dimensional two story building on layered soil. Various time invariant reliability analysis methods are applied, including the first-order reliability method (FORM, importance sampling method, and orthogonal plane sampling (OPS method. For time variant reliability analysis, an upper bound of the failure probability is obtained from numerical integration of the mean outcrossing rate (MOCR. The MOCR is computed by using FORM analysis and OPS analysis. Results by different FE reliability methods are compared in terms of accuracy and computational cost. This paper provides valuable insights for reliability based probabilistic performance and risk assessment of SSI systems.
Espath, L. F R
2015-02-03
A numerical model to deal with nonlinear elastodynamics involving large rotations within the framework of the finite element based on NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline) basis is presented. A comprehensive kinematical description using a corotational approach and an orthogonal tensor given by the exact polar decomposition is adopted. The state equation is written in terms of corotational variables according to the hypoelastic theory, relating the Jaumann derivative of the Cauchy stress to the Eulerian strain rate.The generalized-α method (Gα) method and Generalized Energy-Momentum Method with an additional parameter (GEMM+ξ) are employed in order to obtain a stable and controllable dissipative time-stepping scheme with algorithmic conservative properties for nonlinear dynamic analyses.The main contribution is to show that the energy-momentum conservation properties and numerical stability may be improved once a NURBS-based FEM in the spatial discretization is used. Also it is shown that high continuity can postpone the numerical instability when GEMM+ξ with consistent mass is employed; likewise, increasing the continuity class yields a decrease in the numerical dissipation. A parametric study is carried out in order to show the stability and energy budget in terms of several properties such as continuity class, spectral radius and lumped as well as consistent mass matrices.
Evaluation of finite-element-based simulation model of photoacoustics in biological tissues
Wang, Zhaohui; Ha, Seunghan; Kim, Kang
2012-03-01
A finite element (FE)-based simulation model for photoacoustic (PA) has been developed incorporating light propagation, PA signal generation, and sound wave propagation in soft tissues using a commercial FE simulation package, COMSOL Multiphysics. The developed simulation model is evaluated by comparing with other known simulation models such as Monte Carlo method and heat-pressure model. In this in silico simulation, FE model is composed of three parts of 1) homogeneous background soft tissues submerged in water, 2) target tissue inclusion (or PA contrast agents), and 3) short pulsed laser source (pulse length of 5-10 ns). The laser point source is placed right above the tissues submerged in water. This laser source light propagation through the multi-layer tissues using the diffusion equation is compared with Monte Carlo solution. Photoacoustic signal generation by the target tissue inclusion is simulated using bioheat equation for temperature change, and resultant stress and strain. With stress-strain model, the process of the PA signal generation can be simulated further in details step by step to understand and analyze the photothermal properties of the target tissues or PA contrast agents. The created wide-band acoustic pressure (band width > 150 MHz) propagates through the background tissues to the ultrasound detector located at the tissue surface, governed by sound wave equation. Acoustic scattering and absorption in soft tissues also have been considered. Accuracy and computational time of the developed FE-based simulation model of photoacoustics have been quantitatively analyzed.
Yang, Weizhu; Yue, Zhufeng; Li, Lei; Wang, Peiyan
2016-01-01
An optimization procedure combining an automated finite element modelling (AFEM) technique with a ground structure approach (GSA) is proposed for structural layout and sizing design of aircraft wings. The AFEM technique, based on CATIA VBA scripting and PCL programming, is used to generate models automatically considering the arrangement of inner systems. GSA is used for local structural topology optimization. The design procedure is applied to a high-aspect-ratio wing. The arrangement of the integral fuel tank, landing gear and control surfaces is considered. For the landing gear region, a non-conventional initial structural layout is adopted. The positions of components, the number of ribs and local topology in the wing box and landing gear region are optimized to obtain a minimum structural weight. Constraints include tank volume, strength, buckling and aeroelastic parameters. The results show that the combined approach leads to a greater weight saving, i.e. 26.5%, compared with three additional optimizations based on individual design approaches.
Lanxin Hu
2012-10-01
Full Text Available Simulation based on the finite-element (FE method plays an important role in the investigation of intra-body communication (IBC. In this paper, a finite-element model of the whole body model used for the IBC simulation is proposed and verified, while the FE simulation of the galvanic coupling IBC with different signal transmission paths has been achieved. Firstly, a novel finite-element method for modeling the whole human body is proposed, and a FE model of the whole human body used for IBC simulation was developed. Secondly, the simulations of the galvanic coupling IBC with the different signal transmission paths were implemented. Finally, the feasibility of the proposed method was verified by using in vivo measurements within the frequency range of 10 kHz–5 MHz, whereby some important conclusions were deduced. Our results indicate that the proposed method will offer significant advantages in the investigation of the galvanic coupling intra-body communication.
Yazdani, A
2011-01-01
This paper presents an optimum technique based on the least squares method for the derivation of the bubble functions to enrich the standard linear finite elements employed in the formulation of Galerkin weighted-residual statements. The element-level linear shape functions are enhanced with supplementary polynomial bubble functions with undetermined coefficients. The best least squares minimization of the residual functional obtained from the insertion of these trial functions into model equations results in an algebraic system of equations whose solution provides the unknown coefficients in terms of element-level nodal values. The normal finite element procedures for the construction of stiffness matrices may then be followed with no extra degree of freedom incurred as a result of such enrichment. The performance of the proposed method has been tested on a number of benchmark linear transport equations with the results compared against the exact and standard linear element solutions. It has been observed th...
Temperature control of transfer roller's bearing based on finite element analysis
Peng ZHANG; Yourong LI; Han XIAO
2009-01-01
After a heat preservation cover is installed on the main rolling line, the heat dissipation environment of the transfer roller working on the heat preservation cover is changed. To ensure the normal production, a reasonable working jet capacity of the roller neck is derived. First, a globe model of the transfer roller is built for finite element analysis. Second, the sub-model of the fixed end bearing is built and the boundary condition of the sub-model is supplied by the results of the globe model. The analysis result of the sub-model shows that the temperature of the transfer roller bearing exceeds 85℃ a rolling periodicity later. With finite element analysis, the heat flux is obtained and the minimum working jet capacity is derived.
Mathematical modelling of flat and long hot rolling based on finite element methods (FEM
R. Fabík
2012-07-01
Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to critically assess the potential of mathematical modelling which uses finite element method software for solving operation problems in the hot rolling of flat and long products. We focused on concrete issues faced by rolling plants in the Moravian-Silesian region (Czech Republic. The investigation was always combined with field or pilot measurements or laboratory experiments.
Finite Element Based Solution of Laplace's Equation Applied to Electrical Activity of the Human Body
Zainab T. Baqer
2010-01-01
Full Text Available Computer models are used in the study of electrocardiography to provide insight into physiological phenomena that are difficult to measure in the lab or in a clinical environment. The electrocardiogram is an important tool for the clinician in that it changes characteristically in a number of pathological conditions. Many illnesses can be detected by this measurement. By simulating the electrical activity of the heart one obtains a quantitative relationship between the electrocardiogram and different anomalies. Because of the inhomogeneous fibrous structure of the heart and the irregular geometries of the body, finite element method is used for studying the electrical properties of the heart. This work describes the implementation of the Conjugate Gradient iterative method for the solution of large linear equation systems resulting from the finite element method. A diagonal Jacobi preconditioner is used in order to accelerate the convergence. Gaussian elimination is also implemented and compared with the Precondition Conjugate Gradient (PCG method and with the iterative method. Different types of matrix storage schemes are implemented such as the Compressed Sparse Row (CSR to achieve better performance. In order to demonstrate the validity of the finite element analysis, the technique is adopted to solve Laplace's equation that describes the electrical activity of the human body with Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions. An automatic mesh generator is built using C++ programming language. Initially a complete finite element program is built to solve Laplace's equation. The same accuracy is obtained using these methods. The results show that the CSR format reduces computation time compared to the order format. The PCG method is better for the solution of large linear system (sparse matrices than the Gaussian Elimination and back substitution method, while Gaussian elimination is better than iterative method.
Seismic response of continuous span bridges through fiber-based finite element analysis
Chiara Casarotti; Rui Pinho
2006-01-01
It is widely recognized that nonlinear time-history analysis constitutes the most accurate way to simulate the response of structures subjected to strong levels of seismic excitation. This analytical method is based on sound underlying principles and has the capability to reproduce the intrinsic inelastic dynamic behavior of structures. Nonetheless,comparisons with experimental results from large-scale testing of structures are still needed, in order to ensure adequate levels of confidence in this numerical methodology. The fiber modelling approach employed in the current endeavor inherently accounts for geometric nonlinearities and material inelasticity, without a need for calibration of plastic hinges mechanisms,typical in concentrated plasticity models. The resulting combination of analysis accuracy and modelling simplicity, allows thus to overcome the perhaps not fully justifiable sense of complexity associated to nonlinear dynamic analysis. The fiberbased modelling approach is employed in the framework of a finite element program downloaded from the Internet for seismic response analysis of framed structures. The reliability and accuracy of the program are demonstrated by numerically reproducing pseudo-dynamic tests on a four span continuous deck concrete bridge. Modelling assumptions are discussed,together with their implications on numerical results of the nonlinear time-history analyses, which were found to be in good agreement with experimental results.
Finite Element Based Thermal Modeling of Friction Welding of Dissimilar Materials
Hynes, N. Rajesh Jesudoss; Nagaraj, P.; Selvaraj, R. Meby
Friction welding is a solid state joining process of joining either similar or dissimilar materials. Joining of ceramic/metal joints by friction welding has opened up new possibilities in many engineering applications. In the present work, thermal modeling of friction welding process has been carried out. Using Finite Element Approach (FEA), analytical solutions were arrived for different ceramic/metal combinations. The temperature distributions of cylindrical surfaces of the alumina and the metals are found by means of 1D heat transfer assumption considering the effect of convection. In the thermal analysis, interfacial temperature and thermal conductivity of the material play a significant role. Based on the obtained temperature distribution the graphs are plotted between the length of the joint and the temperatures. Thus the knowledge of the temperature joint distribution could be helpful in predicting the thermal cycle of the process, microstructure evolution and residual stress formation. Thus the obtained graph helps to study and predict the temperature distribution of both the materials.
MD Omar faruq Howlader
2015-08-01
Full Text Available Wall climbing robot can provide easier accessibility to tall structures for Non Destructive Testing (NDT and improve working environments of human operators. However, existing adhesion mechanism for climbing robots such as vortex, electromagnet etc. are still at development stage and offer no feasible adhesion mechanism. As a result, few practical products have been developed for reinforced concrete surfaces, though wall-climbing robots have been researched for many years. This paper proposes a novel magnetic adhesion mechanism for wall-climbing robot for reinforced concrete surface. Mechanical design parameters such as distance between magnets, the yoke thickness, and magnet arrangements have been investigated by Finite Element Analysis (FEA. The adhesion module can be attached under the chassis of a prototype robot. The magnetic flux can penetrate maximum concrete cover of 30 mm and attain adhesion force of 121.26 N. The prototype provides high Force-to-Weight ratio compared to other reported permanent magnet based robotic systems. Both experiment and simulation results prove that the magnetic adhesion mechanism can generate efficient adhesion force for the climbing robot to operate on vertical reinforced concrete structures.
Finite element analysis of a variable optical attenuator based on s-shape polymer waveguide
Wan, Jing; Wu, Lingxun; Xue, Fenglan; Hu, Jian; Fu, Yanjun; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Fangren
2016-01-01
A variable optical attenuator (VOA) based on S-shape polymer waveguide is demonstrated at the wavelength λ = 1.55 micron. The VOA consists of straight input and output waveguides, an S-shape waveguide and a pair of deposited electrodes. The cladding material of S waveguide is Poly (methyl methacrylate/disperse red 1) (PMMA/DR1) and the core material of S waveguide is SiON. The refractive index of the polymer cladding at S waveguide is modified by the applied electric voltage. Light scatters at the S waveguide and the VOA has large energy loss in the original state at voltage-off. In the voltage-on state, the refractive index of the polymer of the S waveguide reduces, and energy loss changes as the voltage increases. The attenuation of the VOA can be controled and adjusted by the applied voltage. The beam propagation method(BPM) and finite element analysis are employed to simulate and analyse the VOA. The results show that the VOA has large variable attenuation range of 45.2dB and low insertion loss of 0.8dB.
Elgeti, Stefanie
2015-01-01
Fluid flow applications can involve a number of coupled problems. One is the simulation of free-surface flows, which require the solution of a free-boundary problem. Within this problem, the governing equations of fluid flow are coupled with a domain deformation approach. This work reviews five of those approaches: interface tracking using a boundary-conforming mesh and, in the interface capturing context, the level-set method, the volume-of-fluid method, particle methods, as well as the phase-field method. The history of each method is presented in combination with the most recent developments in the field. Particularly, the topics of extended finite elements (XFEM) and NURBS-based methods, such as Isogeometric Analysis (IGA), are addressed. For illustration purposes, two applications have been chosen: two-phase flow involving drops or bubbles and sloshing tanks. The challenges of these applications, such as the geometrically correct representation of the free surface or the incorporation of surface tension ...
Finite element process modelling of inertia friction welding advanced nickel-based superalloy
A sequentially coupled thermal and mechanical finite element (FE) model has been developed to describe inertia friction welding (IFW) using the DEFORM 8.2 package. All modelling and experimental work was undertaken on inertia friction welds made from RR1000, which is an advanced high γ' content nickel-based superalloy. The accuracy of the thermal predictions has been assessed by an analysis of γ' distribution across the weld region as compared to those recorded during prescribed thermal simulations, while the mechanical model has been validated by comparing predicted and measured upsets and weld pressures. Finally the residual stress predictions have been compared against measurements (by neutron diffraction). In all cases excellent agreement was found between predicted and experimental data. This exercise revealed that the clamping forces applied during the welding process may have a strong influence on the axial stress field. The validated model was then used to study the effect of welding pressure on material flow, thermal history and residual stresses. The work shows that with increasing weld pressure the width of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) is reduced, while the peak temperature and strain rate is increased. In addition the peak stresses in the hoop direction near the weldline were found to be largely unaffected by the weld pressure. However, for lower welding pressures a broader high tensile hoop stress region was found in accordance with the increased HAZ.
Wind Forecasting Based on the HARMONIE Model and Adaptive Finite Elements
Oliver, Albert; Rodríguez, Eduardo; Escobar, José María; Montero, Gustavo; Hortal, Mariano; Calvo, Javier; Cascón, José Manuel; Montenegro, Rafael
2015-01-01
In this paper, we introduce a new method for wind field forecasting over complex terrain. The main idea is to use the predictions of the HARMONIE meso-scale model as the input data for an adaptive finite element mass-consistent wind model. The HARMONIE results (obtained with a maximum resolution of about 1 km) are refined in a local scale (about a few metres). An interface between both models is implemented in such a way that the initial wind field is obtained by a suitable interpolation of the HARMONIE results. Genetic algorithms are used to calibrate some parameters of the local wind field model in accordance to the HARMONIE data. In addition, measured data are considered to improve the reliability of the simulations. An automatic tetrahedral mesh generator, based on the meccano method, is applied to adapt the discretization to complex terrains. The main characteristic of the framework is a minimal user intervention. The final goal is to validate our model in several realistic applications on Gran Canaria island, Spain, with some experimental data obtained by the AEMET in their meteorological stations. The source code of the mass-consistent wind model is available online at http://www.dca.iusiani.ulpgc.es/Wind3D/.
3D finite element analysis of porous Ti-based alloy prostheses.
Mircheski, Ile; Gradišar, Marko
2016-11-01
In this paper, novel designs of porous acetabular cups are created and tested with 3D finite element analysis (FEA). The aim is to develop a porous acetabular cup with low effective radial stiffness of the structure, which will be near to the architectural and mechanical behavior of the natural bone. For the realization of this research, a 3D-scanner technology was used for obtaining a 3D-CAD model of the pelvis bone, a 3D-CAD software for creating a porous acetabular cup, and a 3D-FEA software for virtual testing of a novel design of the porous acetabular cup. The results obtained from this research reveal that a porous acetabular cup from Ti-based alloys with 60 ± 5% porosity has the mechanical behavior and effective radial stiffness (Young's modulus in radial direction) that meet and exceed the required properties of the natural bone. The virtual testing with 3D-FEA of a novel design with porous structure during the very early stage of the design and the development of orthopedic implants, enables obtaining a new or improved biomedical implant for a relatively short time and reduced price. PMID:27015664
E. Nadal
2013-01-01
Full Text Available This work presents an analysis methodology based on the use of the Finite Element Method (FEM nowadays considered one of the main numerical tools for solving Boundary Value Problems (BVPs. The proposed methodology, so-called cg-FEM (Cartesian grid FEM, has been implemented for fast and accurate numerical analysis of 2D linear elasticity problems. The traditional FEM uses geometry-conforming meshes; however, in cg-FEM the analysis mesh is not conformal to the geometry. This allows for defining very efficient mesh generation techniques and using a robust integration procedure, to accurately integrate the domain’s geometry. The hierarchical data structure used in cg-FEM together with the Cartesian meshes allow for trivial data sharing between similar entities. The cg-FEM methodology uses advanced recovery techniques to obtain an improved solution of the displacement and stress fields (for which a discretization error estimator in energy norm is available that will be the output of the analysis. All this results in a substantial increase in accuracy and computational efficiency with respect to the standard FEM. cg-FEM has been applied in structural shape optimization showing robustness and computational efficiency in comparison with FEM solutions obtained with a commercial code, despite the fact that cg-FEM has been fully implemented in MATLAB.
Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.
2004-01-01
A finite-element-based vectorial optical mode solver is used to analyze microstructured optical waveguides. By employing 1st-order Bayliss-Gunzburger-Turkel-like transparent boundary conditions, both the real and imaginary part of the modal indices can be calculated in a relatively small computation
牧, 剛史
2006-01-01
To evaluate the overall response of a structural system including its foundation and surrounding soil, an equivalent finite element model with reduced degrees of freedom using fibre theory-based beam element was proposed. The proposed model was based on investigations of the subgrade soil reaction of a single-layer model, and was verified for the cyclic behaviour of a laterally loaded single RC pile in terms of the load-displacement relationship, pile deformation, and soil pressures on the pi...
Finite elements of nonlinear continua
Oden, J T
2000-01-01
Geared toward undergraduate and graduate students, this text extends applications of the finite element method from linear problems in elastic structures to a broad class of practical, nonlinear problems in continuum mechanics. It treats both theory and applications from a general and unifying point of view.The text reviews the thermomechanical principles of continuous media and the properties of the finite element method, and then brings them together to produce discrete physical models of nonlinear continua. The mathematical properties of these models are analyzed, along with the numerical s
Quantization of the space-time based on a formless finite fundamental element
Afanasiev, S V
2000-01-01
The concept of the space (space-time) of the formless finite fundamental elements (FFFE) is suggested. This space can be defined as a set of coverings of the continual space by non-overlapping simply connected regions of any form and arbitrary sizes with some probability measure. The average sizes of each fundamental element are equal to the fundamental length. This definition enables to describe correctly the passage from the space of the formless finite fundamental elements to the continual space in the limit of zero value of the fundamental length. FFFE space-time functional integral construction is suggested. A wave function of a separate FFFE and the overall wave function of a manifold are introduced. It is shown that many other constructions of the discrete space-time (the Regge coverings, the lattice space-time etc.) are the special cases of this space-time. A vacuum action problem is analyzed. One term of this action is proportional to the volume of a fundamental element. It is possible to direct the ...
A voxel-based finite element model for the prediction of bladder deformation
Purpose: A finite element (FE) bladder model was previously developed to predict bladder deformation caused by bladder filling change. However, two factors prevent a wide application of FE models: (1) the labor required to construct a FE model with high quality mesh and (2) long computation time needed to construct the FE model and solve the FE equations. In this work, we address these issues by constructing a low-resolution voxel-based FE bladder model directly from the binary segmentation images and compare the accuracy and computational efficiency of the voxel-based model used to simulate bladder deformation with those of a classical FE model with a tetrahedral mesh. Methods: For ten healthy volunteers, a series of MRI scans of the pelvic region was recorded at regular intervals of 10 min over 1 h. For this series of scans, the bladder volume gradually increased while rectal volume remained constant. All pelvic structures were defined from a reference image for each volunteer, including bladder wall, small bowel, prostate (male), uterus (female), rectum, pelvic bone, spine, and the rest of the body. Four separate FE models were constructed from these structures: one with a tetrahedral mesh (used in previous study), one with a uniform hexahedral mesh, one with a nonuniform hexahedral mesh, and one with a low-resolution nonuniform hexahedral mesh. Appropriate material properties were assigned to all structures and uniform pressure was applied to the inner bladder wall to simulate bladder deformation from urine inflow. Performance of the hexahedral meshes was evaluated against the performance of the standard tetrahedral mesh by comparing the accuracy of bladder shape prediction and computational efficiency. Results: FE model with a hexahedral mesh can be quickly and automatically constructed. No substantial differences were observed between the simulation results of the tetrahedral mesh and hexahedral meshes (<1% difference in mean dice similarity coefficient to
Finite-element-based system reliability analysis of fatigue-induced sequential failures
When a structural system is subjected to repeated loadings, local fatigue-induced failures may initiate sequential failures and disproportionally large damage in the system. In order to quantify the likelihood of fatigue-induced sequential failures and identify critical failure sequences, a branch-and-bound method employing system reliability bounds (termed the B3 method) was recently developed and successfully demonstrated by a three-dimensional truss example. The B3 method identifies critical sequences of fatigue-induced failures in the decreasing order of their likelihood. Since the identified sequences are disjoint to each other, both lower and upper bounds on system failure probability are easily updated without performing additional system reliability analysis. The updated bounds provide reasonable criteria for terminating the branch-and-bound search without missing critical sequences or estimating the system-level risk inaccurately. Since the B3 method was originally developed for reliability analysis of discrete structures such as truss, however, the method is not applicable to continuum structures, which are often represented by finite element (FE) models. In particular, the method has limitations in describing general stress distributions in limit-state formulations, evaluating stress intensity range based on crack length, and in dealing with slow convergence of the upper and lower bounds for structures with high redundancy. In this paper, the B3 method is further developed for FE-based system reliability analysis of continuum structures by modifying the limit-state formulations, incorporating crack-growth analysis by external software, and introducing an additional search termination criterion. The proposed method is demonstrated by numerical examples including a continuum multi-layer Daniels system and an aircraft longeron structure.
Atlas-Based Automatic Generation of Subject-Specific Finite Element Tongue Meshes.
Bijar, Ahmad; Rohan, Pierre-Yves; Perrier, Pascal; Payan, Yohan
2016-01-01
Generation of subject-specific 3D finite element (FE) models requires the processing of numerous medical images in order to precisely extract geometrical information about subject-specific anatomy. This processing remains extremely challenging. To overcome this difficulty, we present an automatic atlas-based method that generates subject-specific FE meshes via a 3D registration guided by Magnetic Resonance images. The method extracts a 3D transformation by registering the atlas' volume image to the subject's one, and establishes a one-to-one correspondence between the two volumes. The 3D transformation field deforms the atlas' mesh to generate the subject-specific FE mesh. To preserve the quality of the subject-specific mesh, a diffeomorphic non-rigid registration based on B-spline free-form deformations is used, which guarantees a non-folding and one-to-one transformation. Two evaluations of the method are provided. First, a publicly available CT-database is used to assess the capability to accurately capture the complexity of each subject-specific Lung's geometry. Second, FE tongue meshes are generated for two healthy volunteers and two patients suffering from tongue cancer using MR images. It is shown that the method generates an appropriate representation of the subject-specific geometry while preserving the quality of the FE meshes for subsequent FE analysis. To demonstrate the importance of our method in a clinical context, a subject-specific mesh is used to simulate tongue's biomechanical response to the activation of an important tongue muscle, before and after cancer surgery. PMID:26577253
Ridha Hambli; Khalid H. Almitani; Abdessalem Chamekh; Hechmi Toumi; Tavares, João Manuel R.S.
2015-01-01
In this work, a bone damage resorption finite element model based on the disruption of the inhibitory signal transmitted between osteocytes cells in bone due to damage accumulation is developed and discussed. A strain-based stimulus function coupled to a damage-dependent spatialfunction is proposed to represent the connection between two osteocytes embedded in the bone tissue. The signal is transmitted to the bone surface to activate bone resorption. The proposed modelis based on the idea tha...
A Finite Element Framework for Some Mimetic Finite Difference Discretizations
Rodrigo, Carmen; Gaspar, Francisco; Hu, Xiaozhe; Zikatanov, Ludmil
2015-01-01
In this work we derive equivalence relations between mimetic finite difference schemes on simplicial grids and modified N\\'ed\\'elec-Raviart-Thomas finite element methods for model problems in $\\mathbf{H}(\\operatorname{\\mathbf{curl}})$ and $H(\\operatorname{div})$. This provides a simple and transparent way to analyze such mimetic finite difference discretizations using the well-known results from finite element theory. The finite element framework that we develop is also crucial for the design...
Stochastic finite element method with simple random elements
Starkloff, Hans-Jörg
2008-01-01
We propose a variant of the stochastic finite element method, where the random elements occuring in the problem formulation are approximated by simple random elements, i.e. random elements with only a finite number of possible values.
Fwu, Peter Tramyeon
The medical image is very complex by its nature. Modeling built upon the medical image is challenging due to the lack of analytical solution. Finite element method (FEM) is a numerical technique which can be used to solve the partial differential equations. It utilized the transformation from a continuous domain into solvable discrete sub-domains. In three-dimensional space, FEM has the capability dealing with complicated structure and heterogeneous interior. That makes FEM an ideal tool to approach the medical-image based modeling problems. In this study, I will address the three modeling in (1) photon transport inside the human breast by implanting the radiative transfer equation to simulate the diffuse optical spectroscopy imaging (DOSI) in order to measurement the percent density (PD), which has been proven as a cancer risk factor in mammography. Our goal is to use MRI as the ground truth to optimize the DOSI scanning protocol to get a consistent measurement of PD. Our result shows DOSI measurement is position and depth dependent and proper scanning scheme and body configuration are needed; (2) heat flow in the prostate by implementing the Penne's bioheat equation to evaluate the cooling performance of regional hypothermia during the robot assisted radical prostatectomy for the individual patient in order to achieve the optimal cooling setting. Four factors are taken into account during the simulation: blood abundance, artery perfusion, cooling balloon temperature, and the anatomical distance. The result shows that blood abundance, prostate size, and anatomical distance are significant factors to the equilibrium temperature of neurovascular bundle; (3) shape analysis in hippocampus by using the radial distance mapping, and two registration methods to find the correlation between sub-regional change to the age and cognition performance, which might not reveal in the volumetric analysis. The result gives a fundamental knowledge of normal distribution in young
Microstructure-based Finite Element Modelling and Characterisation of Bovine Trabecular Bone
R. Akhtar; S. J. Eichhorn; P. M. Mummery
2006-01-01
The mechanical behaviour of trabecular bone is dependent on both the properties of individual trabeculae as well as their three-dimensional arrangement in space. In this study, nanoindentation was used to determine trabecular stiffness of bovine bone, both d ehydrated and rehydrated. Values of 18.3 GPa and 14.3 GPa were obtained for dehydrated and rehydrated trabeculae respectively. These values were then used for finite element analysis where the mesh was generated directly from an X-ray microtomography dataset. The relationship between intrinsic tissue properties and apparent stiffness was explored. Moreover, the important role of collagen in bone micromechanics was demonstrated by complementing the study with Raman spectroscopy.
In this work a spatial burnup scheme and feedback effects has been implemented into the FERM ( 'Finite Element Response Matrix' )program. The spatially dependent neutronic parameters have been considered in three levels: zonewise calculation, assembly wise calculation and pointwise calculation. Flux and power distributions and the multiplication factor were calculated and compared with the results obtained by CITATIOn program. These comparisons showed that processing time in the Ferm code has been hundred of times shorter and no significant difference has been observed in the assembly average power distribution. (Author)
Finite element analysis of Ti-based knee-joint implant
L. Zach
2015-10-01
Full Text Available The focus of this paper was on finite element analysis of a PROSPON oncological knee endoprosthesis. The 3D CAD knee joint model, the designed FE PROSPON prosthesis model into which was integrated, was created on the basis of Visible Human Project CT scans. Analyses of stress state and contact pressures were performed in the kneebending position within 15,4° - 69,4° hip joint flection range. The results showed that the maximum achieved stress did not exceed the yield strength (90 MPa of the material. The results of the stress state were in accordance with the distribution of contact pressure.
An explicit time scheme in finite element computations based on partitioned wave equations of solids
Kolman, Radek; Cho, S.S.; Park, K.C.
Aachen: RWTH Aachen University, 2015 - (Elgeti, S.; Simon, J.). s. 111-111 [ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC) /3./. 20.07.2015-23.07.2015, Aachen] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP101/12/2315; GA TA ČR(CZ) TH01010772 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : wave propagation * finite element method * explicit integrator * dispersion * spurious oscillations Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics http://www. cats .rwth-aachen.de:8080/~elgeti/BookOfAbstractsYIC-GACM-2015.pdf
Vahdatirad, Mohammadjavad; Bayat, Mehdi; Andersen, Lars Vabbersgaard; Ibsen, Lars Bo
2015-01-01
The mechanical responses of an offshore monopile foundation mounted in over-consolidated clay are calculated by employing a stochastic approach where a nonlinear p–y curve is incorporated with a finite element scheme. The random field theory is applied to represent a spatial variation for undrained...... shear strength of clay. Normal and Sobol sampling are employed to provide the asymptotic sampling method to generate the probability distribution of the foundation stiffnesses. Monte Carlo simulation is used as a benchmark. Asymptotic sampling accompanied with Sobol quasi random sampling demonstrates an...
Complex wavenumber Fourier analysis of the B-spline based finite element method
Kolman, Radek; Plešek, Jiří; Okrouhlík, Miloslav
2014-01-01
Roč. 51, č. 2 (2014), s. 348-359. ISSN 0165-2125 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP101/11/0288; GA ČR(CZ) GAP101/12/2315; GA ČR GPP101/10/P376; GA ČR GA101/09/1630 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : elastic wave propagation * dispersion errors * B-spline * finite element method * isogeometric analysis Subject RIV: JR - Other Machinery Impact factor: 1.513, year: 2014 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165212513001479
Guo Ruijiang; Chattopadhyay Aditi
1995-01-01
A finite element based sensitivity analysis procedure is developed for buckling and postbuckling of composite plates. This procedure is based on the direct differentiation approach combined with the reference volume concept. Linear elastic material model and nonlinear geometric relations are used. The sensitivity analysis technique results in a set of linear algebraic equations which are easy to solve. The procedure developed provides the sensitivity derivatives directly from the current loa...
Finite element model based fault prognosis on key components of the reciprocating compressor
Lu, Wenqing; Zhang, Laibin [Research Center of Oil and Gas Safety, Engineering Technology, China University of Petroleum, Changping, Beijing 102249 (China); Liang, Wei; Li, Shuguo [Research Center of Oil and Gas Safety Engineering Technology, China University of Petroleum, Changping, Beijing 102249 (China)
2010-07-01
In the petroleum industry, the reciprocating compressor is an important piece of equipment. Its safety and reliability need therefore to be closely monitored through study of its vibration, unfortunately its complex structure makes this difficult and experimental solutions are both costly and time consuming. The aim of this paper is to present a finite element analysis (FEA) to predict and locate breakage on various elements of the reciprocating compressor. A 3D model of the reciprocating compressor was built with SolidWorks and the ANSYS FE model was created; analyses were performed on crankshaft, connecting-rod, crosshead and air valve. Results revealed weaknesses on each component and means of strengthening the sites vulnerable to failure can thus be applied. These results are consistent with the problems noticed during normal operations. This study proved that the FEA is an effective and non-destructive method to diagnose faults in a reciprocating compressor.
A Finite Element Model of a MEMS-based Surface Acoustic Wave Hydrogen Sensor
Walied A. Moussa
2010-02-01
Full Text Available Hydrogen plays a significant role in various industrial applications, but careful handling and continuous monitoring are crucial since it is explosive when mixed with air. Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW sensors provide desirable characteristics for hydrogen detection due to their small size, low fabrication cost, ease of integration and high sensitivity. In this paper a finite element model of a Surface Acoustic Wave sensor is developed using ANSYS12© and tested for hydrogen detection. The sensor consists of a YZ-lithium niobate substrate with interdigital electrodes (IDT patterned on the surface. A thin palladium (Pd film is added on the surface of the sensor due to its high affinity for hydrogen. With increased hydrogen absorption the palladium hydride structure undergoes a phase change due to the formation of the β-phase, which deteriorates the crystal structure. Therefore with increasing hydrogen concentration the stiffness and the density are significantly reduced. The values of the modulus of elasticity and the density at different hydrogen concentrations in palladium are utilized in the finite element model to determine the corresponding SAW sensor response. Results indicate that with increasing the hydrogen concentration the wave velocity decreases and the attenuation of the wave is reduced.
Solid finite elements through three decades
Venkatesh, DN; Shrinivasa, U
1994-01-01
conventionally, solid finite elements have been looked upon as just generalizations of two-dimensional finite elements. In this article we trace their development starting from the days of their inception. Keeping in tune with our perceptions on developing finite elements, without taking recourse to any extra variational techniques, we discuss a few of the techniques which have been applied to solid finite elements. Finally we critically examine our own work on formulating solid finite elemen...
Finite element analysis of tibial fractures
Wong, Christian Nai En; Mikkelsen, Mikkel Peter W; Hansen, Leif Berner; Darvann, Tron; Gebuhr, Peter Henrik
2010-01-01
INTRODUCTION: Fractures of the tibial shaft are relatively common injuries. There are indications that tibial shaft fractures share characteristics in terms of site, type and local fracture mechanisms. In this study, we aimed to set up a mathematical, computer-based model using finite element...... bony healing. The biomechanical results are the basis for fracture healing, biomechanical fall analysis and stability analysis of osteosynthesis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A finite element model of the bony part of the lower leg was generated on the basis of computed tomography data from the Visible Human...... Project. The data consisted of 21,219 3D elements with a cortical shell and a trabecular core. Three types of load of torsion, a direct lateral load and axial compression were applied. RESULTS: The finite element linear static analysis resulted in relevant fracture localizations and indicated relevant...
Finite element methods for sea ice modeling
Lietaer, Olivier
2011-01-01
In order to study and understand the behavior of sea ice, numerical sea ice models have been developed since the early seventies and have traditionally been based on structured grids and finite difference schemes. This doctoral research is part of the Second-generation Louvain-la-Neuve Ice-ocean Model (SLIM) project whose objective is to bring to oceanography modern numerical techniques. The motivation for this thesis is therefore to investigate the potential of finite element methods and uns...
Automation of finite element methods
Korelc, Jože
2016-01-01
New finite elements are needed as well in research as in industry environments for the development of virtual prediction techniques. The design and implementation of novel finite elements for specific purposes is a tedious and time consuming task, especially for nonlinear formulations. The automation of this process can help to speed up this process considerably since the generation of the final computer code can be accelerated by order of several magnitudes. This book provides the reader with the required knowledge needed to employ modern automatic tools like AceGen within solid mechanics in a successful way. It covers the range from the theoretical background, algorithmic treatments to many different applications. The book is written for advanced students in the engineering field and for researchers in educational and industrial environments.
A finite element method based microwave heat transfer modeling of frozen multi-component foods
Pitchai, Krishnamoorthy
Microwave heating is fast and convenient, but is highly non-uniform. Non-uniform heating in microwave cooking affects not only food quality but also food safety. Most food industries develop microwavable food products based on "cook-and-look" approach. This approach is time-consuming, labor intensive and expensive and may not result in optimal food product design that assures food safety and quality. Design of microwavable food can be realized through a simulation model which describes the physical mechanisms of microwave heating in mathematical expressions. The objective of this study was to develop a microwave heat transfer model to predict spatial and temporal profiles of various heterogeneous foods such as multi-component meal (chicken nuggets and mashed potato), multi-component and multi-layered meal (lasagna), and multi-layered food with active packages (pizza) during microwave heating. A microwave heat transfer model was developed by solving electromagnetic and heat transfer equations using finite element method in commercially available COMSOL Multiphysics v4.4 software. The microwave heat transfer model included detailed geometry of the cavity, phase change, and rotation of the food on the turntable. The predicted spatial surface temperature patterns and temporal profiles were validated against the experimental temperature profiles obtained using a thermal imaging camera and fiber-optic sensors. The predicted spatial surface temperature profile of different multi-component foods was in good agreement with the corresponding experimental profiles in terms of hot and cold spot patterns. The root mean square error values of temporal profiles ranged from 5.8 °C to 26.2 °C in chicken nuggets as compared 4.3 °C to 4.7 °C in mashed potatoes. In frozen lasagna, root mean square error values at six locations ranged from 6.6 °C to 20.0 °C for 6 min of heating. A microwave heat transfer model was developed to include susceptor assisted microwave heating of a
Wang, Lin; Kolios, Athanasios; Nishino, Takafumi; DELAFIN, Pierre-Luc; Bird, Theodore
2016-01-01
A wind turbine blade generally has complex structures including several layers of composite materials with shear webs, making its structure design very challenging. In this paper, a structural optimisation model for wind turbine composite blades has been developed based on a parametric FEA (finite element analysis) model and a GA (genetic algorithm) model. The optimisation model minimises the mass of composite blades with multi-criteria constraints. The number of unidirectional plies, the loc...
M. Tabata
2007-01-01
For two-fluid flow problems with surface tension we present finite element schemes based on energy-stable approximation. In the case of no surface tension, those schemes are unconditionally stable in the energy-sense. When there exists surface tension, they are proved to be stable if a quantity remains bounded in the computation. Some numerical results of rising bubble problems show the robustness and applicability of these schemes.
Liehui Zhang
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Fracture-cave carbonate reservoirs occur widely in source rocks and are prospects for exploitation worldwide. However, the presence of massive caves and multiscale fracture systems results in extremely complex fluid flow patterns. Therefore, in this paper, a discrete network model for fracture-cave reservoirs was established to study fluid flow characteristics and pressure distributions in complex flow regimes. In this study, the cave system was treated as a free-flow region, and the fluid flow in fracture systems followed the Navier-Stokes and Darcy equations, respectively. After discrete modeling, the Galerkin finite element method was used for numerical calculation of the single-phase free flow; the method maintains a high-precision result with low grid orientations during the simulation. In addition, because only one linear equation requires solving at each step, the solution is obtained quickly. Moreover, based on the proposed discrete media network model of fracture-cave reservoirs and the finite element numerical calculation method, a corresponding simulator was also developed. The finite element numerical simulation method based on the characteristic-based split (CBS algorithm has proven to be applicable to complex flow problems in fracture-cave reservoirs.
A CAD System for Tube Drawing Based on Finite Element Simulation of Drawing Process
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2001-01-01
In order to develop a special CAD system for tube cold drawing,the practical data and experience have been put into consideration as usual, and with the help of MARC software, the finite element simulations have been carried out over 1 000 times under widely possible processing parameters. After being analyzed and modeled, the results of the simulations are directly introduced into the CAD system, so that the CAD is capable of helping tube manufacturers notonly arrange their drawing procedure system easily and efficiently, but also optimize their drawing processes in several aspects, such as drawing force, die geometry, plug geometry, distribution of reduction, accuracy of tube dimension, consumption of deforming work, quality of tube, and so on. The optimized cold drawing procedures are able to lower production cost by 1 %—5 % in average.
Crashworthiness simulation and improvement design of auto-body based on finite element mehtod
张晓云; 金先龙; 丌文果; 孙奕; 周长英; 王仕达
2004-01-01
One developing commercial vehicle was simulated on crashworthiness using the nonlinear finite element method. The deformation of the auto-body, the movement of the steering wheel and the dynamic responses of the occupant at the initial velocity of 50 km/h were studied. The results show that the design of the vehicle could be improved on structure and material. The frontal longitudinal beam, the main energy-absorbing part of the auto-body, was optimized on structure. The data of the simulation predict that the hinge of the engine hood would fracture during the crash. The failure of the engine hood hinge would be a danger to both the driver and passengers. Then the problem was solved by changing the engine hood and hinge on structure and material. Simulation results also show that applying new material and new manufacture techniques could improve the crashworthiness of the vehicle greatly. These improvement methods are valuable to the virtual design of vehicles.
Study of Cymbal Piezoelectric Composite Transducer Based on Finite Element Analysis
Gong, Yanli; Gao, Chunming; Zhao, Binxing; Duan, Haiyang; Zhang, Liyan
2013-09-01
A cymbal piezoelectric composite transducer (CPCT) has been developed in recent years, which converts small radial deformation into larger longitudinal deformation. In this paper, the finite element analysis (FEA) method is used to analyze the characters of CPCT, by which the optimized CPCT has been made. Firstly, the FEA theory of a CPCT has been described, and the two-dimensional FEA model of a CPCT has been established by ANSYS. Secondly, the simulation and analysis about the relationships between structural parameters and displacement have been carried out, by which the CPCT samples have been made with optimized structure parameters. Thirdly, using laser interferometry, voltage-displacement relationships of CPCT samples have been measured. Finally, the displacement hysteresis and the aging behavior of a CPCT have been analyzed.
ANSYS duplicate finite-element checker routine
Ortega, R.
1995-01-01
An ANSYS finite-element code routine to check for duplicated elements within the volume of a three-dimensional (3D) finite-element mesh was developed. The routine developed is used for checking floating elements within a mesh, identically duplicated elements, and intersecting elements with a common face. A space shuttle main engine alternate turbopump development high pressure oxidizer turbopump finite-element model check using the developed subroutine is discussed. Finally, recommendations are provided for duplicate element checking of 3D finite-element models.
A new electromechanical finite element modelling of a vibration power harvester and its validation with experimental studies are presented in this paper. The new contributions for modelling the electromechanical finite element piezoelectric unimorph beam with tip mass offset under base excitation encompass five major solution techniques. These include the electromechanical discretization, kinematic equations, coupled field equations, Lagrangian electromechanical dynamic equations and orthonormalized global matrix and scalar forms of electromechanical finite element dynamic equations. Such techniques have not been rigorously modelled previously by other researchers. There are also benefits to presenting the numerical techniques proposed in this paper. First, the proposed numerical techniques can be used for applications in many different geometrical models, including micro-electro-mechanical system power harvesting devices. Second, applying tip mass offset located after the end of the piezoelectric beam length can result in a very practical design, which avoids direct contact with piezoelectric material because of its brittle nature. Since the surfaces of actual piezoelectric material are covered evenly with thin conducting electrodes for generating single voltage, we introduce the new electromechanical discretization, consisting of the mechanical and electrical discretized elements. Moreover, the reduced electromechanical finite element dynamic equations can be further formulated to obtain the series form of new multimode electromechanical frequency response functions of the displacement, velocity, voltage, current and power, including optimal power harvesting. The normalized numerical strain node and eigenmode shapes are also further formulated using numerical discretization. Finally, the parametric numerical case studies of the piezoelectric unimorph beam under a resistive shunt circuit show good agreement with the experimental studies. (paper)
This paper provides a failure pressure evaluation model for local wall-thinned elbows. In this study, parametric finite element analyses are performed on the elbows containing local wall-thinning defect at their intrados and extrados, and the failure pressures are obtained from the analysis results by applying a local failure criterion that was validated by real-scale pipe tests. An evaluation model including the effects of thinning depth, length, circumferential angle, thinning location, and elbow geometries on the failure pressure is derived based on the evaluated failure pressures. The proposed model agrees well with the results of finite element analyses and reasonably estimates the dependence of failure pressure on the wall-thinning dimensions and elbow geometries. Also, the comparison with experimental data demonstrates that the proposed evaluation model can accurately predict the failure pressure of local wall-thinned elbows
Chen, Chong; Xu, Guoliang
2012-03-01
In this paper, we present a novel and effective L2-gradient-flow-based semi-implicit finite-element method for solving a variational problem of image reconstruction. The method is applicable to several data scenarios, especially for the contaminated data detected from uniformly sparse or randomly distributed projection directions. We also give a complete and rigorous proof for the convergence of the semi-implicit finite-element method, in which the convergence does not rely on the choices of the regularization parameter and the temporal step size. The experimental results show that our method has more desirable performance comparing with other reconstruction methods in solving a number of challenging reconstruction problems.
In this paper, we present a novel and effective L2-gradient-flow-based semi-implicit finite-element method for solving a variational problem of image reconstruction. The method is applicable to several data scenarios, especially for the contaminated data detected from uniformly sparse or randomly distributed projection directions. We also give a complete and rigorous proof for the convergence of the semi-implicit finite-element method, in which the convergence does not rely on the choices of the regularization parameter and the temporal step size. The experimental results show that our method has more desirable performance comparing with other reconstruction methods in solving a number of challenging reconstruction problems. (paper)
Zhang, Xingwu; Gao, Robert X.; Yan, Ruqiang; Chen, Xuefeng; Sun, Chuang; Yang, Zhibo
2016-08-01
Crack is one of the crucial causes of structural failure. A methodology for quantitative crack identification is proposed in this paper based on multivariable wavelet finite element method and particle swarm optimization. First, the structure with crack is modeled by multivariable wavelet finite element method (MWFEM) so that the vibration parameters of the first three natural frequencies in arbitrary crack conditions can be obtained, which is named as the forward problem. Second, the structure with crack is tested to obtain the vibration parameters of first three natural frequencies by modal testing and advanced vibration signal processing method. Then, the analyzed and measured first three natural frequencies are combined together to obtain the location and size of the crack by using particle swarm optimization. Compared with traditional wavelet finite element method, MWFEM method can achieve more accurate vibration analysis results because it interpolates all the solving variables at one time, which makes the MWFEM-based method to improve the accuracy in quantitative crack identification. In the end, the validity and superiority of the proposed method are verified by experiments of both cantilever beam and simply supported beam.
Finite-Element Software for Conceptual Design
Lindemann, J.; Sandberg, G.; Damkilde, Lars
2010-01-01
and research. Forcepad is an effort to provide a conceptual design and teaching tool in a finite-element software package. Forcepad is a two-dimensional finite-element application based on the same conceptual model as image editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Paint. Instead of using......Using finite-element analysis in conceptual design and teaching has quite different software requirements to that in engineering and research. In teaching and conceptual design the focus is on speed, interactivity and ease of use, whereas accuracy and precision are needed in engineering...... success in teaching as well as in conceptual design environments such as architecture, industrial design and engineering. The addition of an optimisation algorithm and tablet PC support makes the software even more interesting as a tool for conceptual design....
Peridynamic Multiscale Finite Element Methods
Costa, Timothy [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bond, Stephen D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Littlewood, David John [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Moore, Stan Gerald [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
2015-12-01
The problem of computing quantum-accurate design-scale solutions to mechanics problems is rich with applications and serves as the background to modern multiscale science research. The prob- lem can be broken into component problems comprised of communicating across adjacent scales, which when strung together create a pipeline for information to travel from quantum scales to design scales. Traditionally, this involves connections between a) quantum electronic structure calculations and molecular dynamics and between b) molecular dynamics and local partial differ- ential equation models at the design scale. The second step, b), is particularly challenging since the appropriate scales of molecular dynamic and local partial differential equation models do not overlap. The peridynamic model for continuum mechanics provides an advantage in this endeavor, as the basic equations of peridynamics are valid at a wide range of scales limiting from the classical partial differential equation models valid at the design scale to the scale of molecular dynamics. In this work we focus on the development of multiscale finite element methods for the peridynamic model, in an effort to create a mathematically consistent channel for microscale information to travel from the upper limits of the molecular dynamics scale to the design scale. In particular, we first develop a Nonlocal Multiscale Finite Element Method which solves the peridynamic model at multiple scales to include microscale information at the coarse-scale. We then consider a method that solves a fine-scale peridynamic model to build element-support basis functions for a coarse- scale local partial differential equation model, called the Mixed Locality Multiscale Finite Element Method. Given decades of research and development into finite element codes for the local partial differential equation models of continuum mechanics there is a strong desire to couple local and nonlocal models to leverage the speed and state of the
Flux-conserving finite element methods
Zhang, Shangyou; Zhang, Zhimin; Zou, Qingsong
2012-01-01
We analyze the flux conservation property of the finite element method. It is shown that the finite element solution does approximate the flux locally in the optimal order, i.e., the same order as that of the nodal interpolation operator. We propose two methods, post-processing the finite element solutions locally. The new solutions, remaining as optimal-order solutions, are flux-conserving elementwise. In one of our methods, the processed solution also satisfies the original finite element e...
Finite element analysis of photonic crystal fibers
Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.; Groesen, van E.
2005-01-01
A finite-element-based vectorial optical mode solver, furnished with Bayliss-Gunzburger-Turkel-like transparent boundary conditions, is used to rigorously analyze photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). Both the real and imaginary part of the modal indices can be computed in a relatively small computational
The UNCLE finite element scheme
A completely general finite element scheme, implemented in the UKAEA Reactor Group is outlined. UNCLE is not a complete, self-contained program. It is a framework of routines that provide the common services required by all general purpose finite element programs, whether for heat transfer, stress analysis or any other linear (or piece-wise linear) problem. These services are: input of mesh, geometry, loads (etc) and material data: matrix and load vector calculation and assembly (including handling of standard boundary conditions); solution of global matrix (elimination and conjugate gradient methods); output (printed and graphical) of initial geometry, displacements, stresses, final geometry etc; facilities for iteration for non-linear problems and time integration; mass matrix reduction, dynamic analysis of reduced problem and expansion of displacements to full problem. The framework is written to handle 1, 2, 3 or more dimensions equally efficiently. To produce a general purpose program for a particular range of applications it is only necessary to provide a set of element subroutines specialised to the application (heat transfer, framework analysis, continuum stress analysis etc)
Kaufman, A.; Hwang, S. Y.
1985-01-01
Strain redistribution corrections were developed for a simplified inelastic analysis procedure to economically calculate material cyclic response at the critical location of a structure for life prediction proposes. The method was based on the assumption that the plastic region in the structure is local and the total strain history required for input can be defined from elastic finite-element analyses. Cyclic stress-strain behavior was represented by a bilinear kinematic hardening model. The simplified procedure predicts stress-strain response with reasonable accuracy for thermally cycled problems but needs improvement for mechanically load-cycled problems. Neuber-type corrections were derived and incorporated in the simplified procedure to account for local total strain redistribution under cyclic mechanical loading. The corrected simplified method was used on a mechanically load-cycled benchmark notched-plate problem. The predicted material response agrees well with the nonlinear finite-element solutions for the problem. The simplified analysis computer program was 0.3% of the central processor unit time required for a nonlinear finite-element analysis.
Ruijiang Guo
1995-01-01
Full Text Available A finite element based sensitivity analysis procedure is developed for buckling and postbuckling of composite plates. This procedure is based on the direct differentiation approach combined with the reference volume concept. Linear elastic material model and nonlinear geometric relations are used. The sensitivity analysis technique results in a set of linear algebraic equations which are easy to solve. The procedure developed provides the sensitivity derivatives directly from the current load and responses by solving the set of linear equations. Numerical results are presented and are compared with those obtained using finite difference technique. The results show good agreement except at points near critical buckling load where discontinuities occur. The procedure is very efficient computationally.
Infinite to finite: An overview of finite element analysis
Srirekha A; Bashetty Kusum
2010-01-01
The method of finite elements was developed at perfectly right times; growing computer capacities, growing human skills and industry demands for ever faster and cost effective product development providing unlimited possibilities for the researching community. This paper reviews the basic concept, current status, advances, advantages, limitations and applications of finite element method (FEM) in restorative dentistry and endodontics. Finite element method is able to reveal the otherwise inac...
Research highlights: → Elastic and plastic anisotropy is observed for both materials → Both show qualitatively similar characteristics with quantitative differences → Distinctly higher mechanical properties for closed-cell foam → The 'big' and 'small' models show good agreement for the closed-cell foam. - Abstract: In the present paper, the macroscopic mechanical properties of open-cell M-Pore sponge (porosity of 91-93%) and closed-cell Alporas foam (porosity of 80-86%) are investigated. The complex geometry of these cellular materials is scanned by micro-computed tomography and used in finite element (FE) analysis. The mechanical properties are determined by uni-axial compression simulations in three perpendicular directions (x-, y- and z-direction). M-Pore and Alporas exhibit the same qualitative mechanical characteristics but with quantitative differences. In both cases, strong anisotropy is observed for Young's modulus and the 0.002 offset yield stress. Furthermore, for the investigated relative density range a linear dependence between relative density and mechanical properties is found. Finally, a distinctly higher Young's modulus and 0.002 offset yield stress is observed for Alporas.
Monan Wang∗; Lei Sun
2015-01-01
A 3D femoral model was built to obtain the three⁃dimensional temperature distribution of femur and its surrounding tissues and provide references for clinical applications. According to the relationship between gray⁃value and material properties, the model was assigned with various materials to make sure that it is more similar to the real femur in geometry and physical properties. 3D temperature distribution is obtained by using finite element analysis software ANSYS 11�0 on the basis of heat conduction theory, Laplace equation, Pennes bio⁃heat transfer equation, thermo physical parameters of bone tissues, the boundary condition, and initial conditions. Taken the asymmetry of the 3D distribution of temperature into account, it is necessary to adopt the heating method with multiple heat sources. This method can ensure that the temperature fields match well with the tumor tissues and kill the tumor cells efficiently under the condition of protecting the normal tissues from damage. The analysis results supply important guidance for determining the needle position and the needle number and controlling the intensity of heating.
[Study of mechanical effects of the EVA glove on finger base with finite element modeling].
Li, Zhuoyou; Ding, Li; Yue, Guodong
2013-08-01
The hand strength of astronauts, when they are outside the space capsule, is highly influenced by the residual pressure (the pressure difference between inside pressure and outside one of the suit) of extravehicular activity spacesuit glove and the pressure exerted by braided fabric. The hand strength decreases significantly on extravehicular activity, severely reducing the operation efficiency. To measure mechanical influence caused by spacesuit glove on muscle-tendon and joints, the present paper analyzes the movement anatomy and biomechanical characteristics of gripping, and then proposes a grip model. With phalangeal joint simplified as hinges, seven muscles as a finger grip energy unit, the Hill muscle model was used to compute the effects. We also used ANSYS in this study to establish a 3-D finite element model of an index finger which included both bones and muscles with glove, and then we verified the model. This model was applied to calculate the muscle stress in various situations of bare hands or hands wearing gloves in three different sizes. The results showed that in order to achieve normal grip strength with the influence caused by superfluous press, the finger's muscle stress should be increased to 5.4 times of that in normal situation, with most of the finger grip strength used to overcome the influence of superfluous pressure. When the gap between the finger surface and the glove is smaller, the mechanical influence which superfluous press made will decrease. The results would provide a theoretical basis for the design of the EVA Glove. PMID:24059053
Full wave simulation of waves in ECRIS plasmas based on the finite element method
Torrisi, G. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, via S. Sofia 62, 95123, Catania, Italy and Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Informazione, delle Infrastrutture e dell' Energia Sostenibile (DIIES), Via Graziella, I (Italy); Mascali, D.; Neri, L.; Castro, G.; Patti, G.; Celona, L.; Gammino, S.; Ciavola, G. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, via S. Sofia 62, 95123, Catania (Italy); Di Donato, L. [Università degli Studi di Catania, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica ed Informatica (DIEEI), Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania (Italy); Sorbello, G. [INFN - Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, via S. Sofia 62, 95123, Catania, Italy and Università degli Studi di Catania, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica Elettronica ed Informatica (DIEEI), Viale Andrea Doria 6, 95125 Catania (Italy); Isernia, T. [Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Informazione, delle Infrastrutture e dell' Energia Sostenibile (DIIES), Via Graziella, I-89100 Reggio Calabria (Italy)
2014-02-12
This paper describes the modeling and the full wave numerical simulation of electromagnetic waves propagation and absorption in an anisotropic magnetized plasma filling the resonant cavity of an electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS). The model assumes inhomogeneous, dispersive and tensorial constitutive relations. Maxwell's equations are solved by the finite element method (FEM), using the COMSOL Multiphysics{sup ®} suite. All the relevant details have been considered in the model, including the non uniform external magnetostatic field used for plasma confinement, the local electron density profile resulting in the full-3D non uniform magnetized plasma complex dielectric tensor. The more accurate plasma simulations clearly show the importance of cavity effect on wave propagation and the effects of a resonant surface. These studies are the pillars for an improved ECRIS plasma modeling, that is mandatory to optimize the ion source output (beam intensity distribution and charge state, especially). Any new project concerning the advanced ECRIS design will take benefit by an adequate modeling of self-consistent wave absorption simulations.
Goldberg, Robert K.; Blinzler, Brina J.; Binienda, Wieslaw K.
2010-01-01
A macro level finite element-based model has been developed to simulate the mechanical and impact response of triaxially-braided polymer matrix composites. In the analytical model, the triaxial braid architecture is simulated by using four parallel shell elements, each of which is modeled as a laminated composite. For the current analytical approach, each shell element is considered to be a smeared homogeneous material. The commercial transient dynamic finite element code LS-DYNA is used to conduct the simulations, and a continuum damage mechanics model internal to LS-DYNA is used as the material constitutive model. The constitutive model requires stiffness and strength properties of an equivalent unidirectional composite. Simplified micromechanics methods are used to determine the equivalent stiffness properties, and results from coupon level tests on the braided composite are utilized to back out the required strength properties. Simulations of quasi-static coupon tests of several representative braided composites are conducted to demonstrate the correlation of the model. Impact simulations of a represented braided composites are conducted to demonstrate the capability of the model to predict the penetration velocity and damage patterns obtained experimentally.
Structural evaluation of a nickel base super alloy metal foam via NDE and finite element
Abdul-Aziz, Ali; Abumeri, G.; Garg, Mohit; Young, P. G.
2008-03-01
Cellular materials are known to be useful in the application of designing light but stiff structures. This applies to various components used in various industries such as rotorcraft blades, car bodies or portable electronic devices. Structural application of the metal foam is typically confined to light weight sandwich panels, made up of thin solid face sheets and a metallic foam core. The resulting high-stiffness structure is lighter than that constructed only out of the solid metal material. The face sheets carry the applied in-plane and bending loads and the role of the foam core is separate the face sheets to carry some of the shear stresses, while remaining integral with the face sheet. Many challenges relating to the fabrication and testing of these metal foam panels continue to exist due to some mechanical properties falling short of their theoretical potential. Hence in this study, a detailed three dimensional foam structure is generated using series of 2D Computer Tomography (CT) scans, on Haynes 25 metal foam. Series of the 2D images are utilized to construct a high precision solid model including all the fine details within the metal foam as detected by the CT scanning technique. Subsequently, a finite element analysis is then performed on an as fabricated metal foam microstructures to evaluate the foam structural durability and behavior under tensile and compressive loading conditions. The analysis includes a progressive failure analysis (PFA) using GENOA code to further assess the damage initiation, propagation, and failure. The open cell metal foam material is a cobalt-nickel-chromium-tungsten alloy that combines excellent high-temperature strength with good resistance to oxidizing environments up to 1800 °F (980 °C) for prolonged exposures. The foam is formed by a powder metallurgy process with an approximate 100 pores per inch (PPI).
Kolman, Radek; Kopačka, Ján; Plešek, Jiří; Okrouhlík, Miloslav; Gabriel, Dušan
Stockholm : KTH Mechanics : The Royal Institute of Technology, 2010 - (Eriksson, A.; Tibert, G.), s. 255-258 ISSN 0348-467X. [Nordic Seminar on Computational Mechanics /23./. Stockholm (SE), 21.10.2010-22.10.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GPP101/10/P376; GA ČR(CZ) GA101/09/1630; GA ČR(CZ) GA101/07/1471 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : B-spline * based finite element method * dispersion analysis * wave propagation Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics http://www.mech.kth.se
μ-CT-based finite element analysis on imperfections in open-celled metal foam: Mechanical properties
This study digitally identifies and repairs defects produced in the manufacturing of an open-cell metal foam for the first time. Finite element calculations are based on microcomputed tomography data of actual samples. The effective Young’s modulus and 0.2% offset yield strength are calculated and equivalent plastic strain is used to identify weakness within the material. In areas of high plastic deformation, the structure is digitally repaired locally and the calculations are repeated in order to quantify the change in material properties.
Finite Element Based Stress Analysis of Seat Belt Using Integrated Force Method
Anjali Kale
2014-06-01
Full Text Available Integrated force method (IFM has been developed for solving various continuum mechanics problems, where all the internal forces are taken as independent variables. The system equilibrium equations (EE's are mathematically concatenated with the MATLAB based compatibility conditions (CC's to form the global set of equations. This paper explains the solution strategy of prototype seat-belt component using integrated force method. Actual seat belt component is taken here to verify IFM based FE element are readily used which is named as REC_5F_8D and REC_13F_16D where 5F and 13F reflects number of internal unknowns and 8D and 16D are number of total displacements respectively. The results for “Von Mises Stress” and Maximum Displacement using IFM based formulation and compared with ANSYS.
Lipnikov, Konstantin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Agouzal, Abdellatif [UNIV DE LYON; Vassilevski, Yuri [Los Alamos National Laboratory
2009-01-01
We present a new technology for generating meshes minimizing the interpolation and discretization errors or their gradients. The key element of this methodology is construction of a space metric from edge-based error estimates. For a mesh with N{sub h} triangles, the error is proportional to N{sub h}{sup -1} and the gradient of error is proportional to N{sub h}{sup -1/2} which are optimal asymptotics. The methodology is verified with numerical experiments.
Li, Jianbo; Liu, Jun; Lin, Gao
2013-12-01
Consideration of structure-foundation-soil dynamic interaction is a basic requirement in the evaluation of the seismic safety of nuclear power facilities. An efficient and accurate dynamic interaction numerical model in the time domain has become an important topic of current research. In this study, the scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM) is improved for use as an effective numerical approach with good application prospects. This method has several advantages, including dimensionality reduction, accuracy of the radial analytical solution, and unlike other boundary element methods, it does not require a fundamental solution. This study focuses on establishing a high performance scaled boundary finite element interaction analysis model in the time domain based on the acceleration unit-impulse response matrix, in which several new solution techniques, such as a dimensionless method to solve the interaction force, are applied to improve the numerical stability of the actual soil parameters and reduce the amount of calculation. Finally, the feasibility of the time domain methods are illustrated by the response of the nuclear power structure and the accuracy of the algorithms are dynamically verified by comparison with the refinement of a large-scale viscoelastic soil model.
Interpolation theory of anisotropic finite elements and applications
2008-01-01
Interpolation theory is the foundation of finite element methods.In this paper,after reviewing some existed interpolation theorems of anisotropic finite element methods,we present a new way to analyse the interpolation error of anisotropic elements based on Newton’s formula of polynomial interpolation as well as its applications.
Interpolation theory of anisotropic finite elements and applications
CHEN ShaoChun; XIAO LiuChao
2008-01-01
Interpolation theory is the foundation of finite element methods. In this paper, after reviewing some existed interpolation theorems of anisotropic finite element methods, we present a new way to analyse the interpolation error of anisotropic elements based on Newton's formula of polynomial interpolation as well as its applications.
Joshi, Shrikrishna Nandkishor; Bolar, Gururaj
2016-06-01
Control of part deflection and deformation during machining of low rigidity thin-wall components is an important aspect in the manufacture of desired quality products. This paper presents a comparative study on the effect of geometry constraints on the product quality during machining of thin-wall components made of an aerospace alloy aluminum 2024-T351. Three-dimensional nonlinear finite element (FE) based simulations of machining of thin-wall parts were carried out by considering three variations in the wall constraint viz. free wall, wall constrained at one end, and wall with constraints at both the ends. Lagrangian formulation based transient FE model has been developed to simulate the interaction between the workpiece and helical milling cutter. Johnson-Cook material and damage model were adopted to account for material behavior during machining process; damage initiation and chip separation. A modified Coulomb friction model was employed to define the contact between the cutting tool and the workpiece. The numerical model was validated with experimental results and found to be in good agreement. Based on the simulation results it was noted that deflection and deformation were maximum in the thin-wall constrained at one end in comparison with those obtained in other cases. It was noted that three dimensional finite element simulations help in a better way to predict the product quality during precision manufacturing of thin-wall components.
Elements with Square Roots in Finite Groups
M.S. Lucido; M.R. Pournaki
2005-01-01
In this paper, we study the probability that a randomly chosen element in a finite group has a square root, in particular the simple groups of Lie type of rank 1, the sporadic finite simple groups and the alternating groups.
Mohanty, Subhasish; Majumdar, Saurindranath
2015-01-01
Irradiation creep plays a major role in the structural integrity of the graphite components in high temperature gas cooled reactors. Finite element procedures combined with a suitable irradiation creep model can be used to simulate the time-integrated structural integrity of complex shapes, such as the reactor core graphite reflector and fuel bricks. In the present work a comparative study was undertaken to understand the effect of linear and nonlinear irradiation creep on results of finite element based stress analysis. Numerical results were generated through finite element simulations of a typical graphite reflector.
MILAMIN: MATLAB-based finite element method solver for large problems
Dabrowski, M.; Krotkiewski, M.; Schmid, D. W.
2008-04-01
The finite element method (FEM) combined with unstructured meshes forms an elegant and versatile approach capable of dealing with the complexities of problems in Earth science. Practical applications often require high-resolution models that necessitate advanced computational strategies. We therefore developed "Million a Minute" (MILAMIN), an efficient MATLAB implementation of FEM that is capable of setting up, solving, and postprocessing two-dimensional problems with one million unknowns in one minute on a modern desktop computer. MILAMIN allows the user to achieve numerical resolutions that are necessary to resolve the heterogeneous nature of geological materials. In this paper we provide the technical knowledge required to develop such models without the need to buy a commercial FEM package, programming compiler-language code, or hiring a computer specialist. It has been our special aim that all the components of MILAMIN perform efficiently, individually and as a package. While some of the components rely on readily available routines, we develop others from scratch and make sure that all of them work together efficiently. One of the main technical focuses of this paper is the optimization of the global matrix computations. The performance bottlenecks of the standard FEM algorithm are analyzed. An alternative approach is developed that sustains high performance for any system size. Applied optimizations eliminate Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (BLAS) drawbacks when multiplying small matrices, reduce operation count and memory requirements when dealing with symmetric matrices, and increase data transfer efficiency by maximizing cache reuse. Applying loop interchange allows us to use BLAS on large matrices. In order to avoid unnecessary data transfers between RAM and CPU cache we introduce loop blocking. The optimization techniques are useful in many areas as demonstrated with our MILAMIN applications for thermal and incompressible flow (Stokes) problems. We use
Schaa, R.; Gross, L.; du Plessis, J.
2016-04-01
We present a general finite-element solver, escript, tailored to solve geophysical forward and inverse modeling problems in terms of partial differential equations (PDEs) with suitable boundary conditions. Escript’s abstract interface allows geoscientists to focus on solving the actual problem without being experts in numerical modeling. General-purpose finite element solvers have found wide use especially in engineering fields and find increasing application in the geophysical disciplines as these offer a single interface to tackle different geophysical problems. These solvers are useful for data interpretation and for research, but can also be a useful tool in educational settings. This paper serves as an introduction into PDE-based modeling with escript where we demonstrate in detail how escript is used to solve two different forward modeling problems from applied geophysics (3D DC resistivity and 2D magnetotellurics). Based on these two different cases, other geophysical modeling work can easily be realized. The escript package is implemented as a Python library and allows the solution of coupled, linear or non-linear, time-dependent PDEs. Parallel execution for both shared and distributed memory architectures is supported and can be used without modifications to the scripts.
Bishnu P. Lamichhane
2014-01-01
We present a simple finite element method for the discretization of Reissner--Mindlin plate equations. The finite element method is based on using the nonconforming Crouzeix-Raviart finite element space for the transverse displacement, and the standard linear finite element space for the rotation of the transverse normal vector. We also present two examples for the discrete Lagrange multiplier space for the proposed formulation.
Highlights: • High temperature gas cooled reactor. • Finite element based stress analysis. • H-451 graphite. • Irradiation creep model. • Graphite reflector stress analysis. - Abstract: Irradiation creep plays a major role in the structural integrity of the graphite components in high temperature gas cooled reactors. Finite element procedures combined with a suitable irradiation creep model can be used to simulate the time-integrated structural integrity of complex shapes, such as the reactor core graphite reflector and fuel bricks. In the present work a comparative study was undertaken to understand the effect of linear and nonlinear irradiation creep on results of finite element based stress analysis. Numerical results were generated through finite element simulations of a typical graphite reflector
Mohanty, Subhasish, E-mail: smohanty@anl.gov; Majumdar, Saurindranath
2015-10-15
Highlights: • High temperature gas cooled reactor. • Finite element based stress analysis. • H-451 graphite. • Irradiation creep model. • Graphite reflector stress analysis. - Abstract: Irradiation creep plays a major role in the structural integrity of the graphite components in high temperature gas cooled reactors. Finite element procedures combined with a suitable irradiation creep model can be used to simulate the time-integrated structural integrity of complex shapes, such as the reactor core graphite reflector and fuel bricks. In the present work a comparative study was undertaken to understand the effect of linear and nonlinear irradiation creep on results of finite element based stress analysis. Numerical results were generated through finite element simulations of a typical graphite reflector.
Finite element analysis of nonlinear creeping flows
Steady-state creep problems with monotone constitutive laws are studied. Finite element approximations are constructed based on mixed Petrov-Galerkin formulations for constrained problems. Stability, convergence and a priori error estimates are proved for equal-order discontinuous stress and continuous velocity interpolations. Numerical results are presented confirming the rates of convergence predicted in the analysis and the good performance of this formulation. (author)
Finite element model of needle electrode sensitivity
Høyum, P.; Kalvøy, H.; Martinsen, Ø. G.; Grimnes, S.
2010-04-01
We used the Finite Element (FE) Method to estimate the sensitivity of a needle electrode for bioimpedance measurement. This current conducting needle with insulated shaft was inserted in a saline solution and current was measured at the neutral electrode. FE model resistance and reactance were calculated and successfully compared with measurements on a laboratory model. The sensitivity field was described graphically based on these FE simulations.
Roya Shademani
2016-03-01
Full Text Available In this paper, water entry of wedges with deadrise angles ranging from 10 to 80 degrees at two different velocities is simulated. Impact forces, spray parameters, cavity formation above the chine, and secondary impact forces due to the cavity formation are investigated with particular focus on the extreme angles. To this end, a two dimensional two-phase Finite-Element based Finite-Volume (FEM-FVM code is developed and validated against experimental data with good compliance. Free surface modeling in this software is accomplished by applying Volume of Fluid (VOF method. In addition to the extraction of impact forces, secondary impact forces, spray characteristics, and cavity formation, it is demonstrated that there is a combined critical length and entry velocity where the spray formation stops and the spray vanishes. It is also shown that the cavity and secondary impact do not occur under these circumstances. Moreover, it is concluded that for these particular cases, there is a maximum secondary impact force that occurs for the deadrises angles less than 20o.
Domain decomposition methods for mortar finite elements
Widlund, O.
1996-12-31
In the last few years, domain decomposition methods, previously developed and tested for standard finite element methods and elliptic problems, have been extended and modified to work for mortar and other nonconforming finite element methods. A survey will be given of work carried out jointly with Yves Achdou, Mario Casarin, Maksymilian Dryja and Yvon Maday. Results on the p- and h-p-version finite elements will also be discussed.
Kim, S. [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)
1994-12-31
Parallel iterative procedures based on domain decomposition techniques are defined and analyzed for the numerical solution of wave propagation by finite element and finite difference methods. For finite element methods, in a Lagrangian framework, an efficient way for choosing the algorithm parameter as well as the algorithm convergence are indicated. Some heuristic arguments for finding the algorithm parameter for finite difference schemes are addressed. Numerical results are presented to indicate the effectiveness of the methods.
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in Design and Production.
Waggoner, Todd C.; And Others
1995-01-01
Finite element analysis (FEA) enables industrial designers to analyze complex components by dividing them into smaller elements, then assessing stress and strain characteristics. Traditionally mainframe based, FEA is being increasingly used in microcomputers. (SK)
FESDIF -- Finite Element Scalar Diffraction theory code
This document describes the theory and use of a powerful scalar diffraction theory based computer code for calculation of intensity fields due to diffraction of optical waves by two-dimensional planar apertures and lenses. This code is called FESDIF (Finite Element Scalar Diffraction). It is based upon both Fraunhofer and Kirchhoff scalar diffraction theories. Simplified routines for circular apertures are included. However, the real power of the code comes from its basis in finite element methods. These methods allow the diffracting aperture to be virtually any geometric shape, including the various secondary aperture obstructions present in telescope systems. Aperture functions, with virtually any phase and amplitude variations, are allowed in the aperture openings. Step change aperture functions are accommodated. The incident waves are considered to be monochromatic. Plane waves, spherical waves, or Gaussian laser beams may be incident upon the apertures. Both area and line integral transformations were developed for the finite element based diffraction transformations. There is some loss of aperture function generality in the line integral transformations which are typically many times more computationally efficient than the area integral transformations when applicable to a particular problem
Unified Framework for Finite Element Assembly
Alnæs, Martin Sandve; Mardal, Kent-Andre; Skavhaug, Ola; Langtangen, Hans Petter; 10.1504/IJCSE.2009.029160
2012-01-01
At the heart of any finite element simulation is the assembly of matrices and vectors from discrete variational forms. We propose a general interface between problem-specific and general-purpose components of finite element programs. This interface is called Unified Form-assembly Code (UFC). A wide range of finite element problems is covered, including mixed finite elements and discontinuous Galerkin methods. We discuss how the UFC interface enables implementations of variational form evaluation to be independent of mesh and linear algebra components. UFC does not depend on any external libraries, and is released into the public domain.
A first course in finite elements
Fish, Jacob
2007-01-01
Developed from the authors, combined total of 50 years undergraduate and graduate teaching experience, this book presents the finite element method formulated as a general-purpose numerical procedure for solving engineering problems governed by partial differential equations. Focusing on the formulation and application of the finite element method through the integration of finite element theory, code development, and software application, the book is both introductory and self-contained, as well as being a hands-on experience for any student. This authoritative text on Finite Elements:Adopts
SURFACE FINITE ELEMENTS FOR PARABOLIC EQUATIONS
G. Dziuk; C.M. Elliott
2007-01-01
In this article we define a surface finite element method (SFEM) for the numerical solution of parabolic partial differential equations on hypersurfaces Γ in (R)n+1. The key idea is based on the approximation of Γ by a polyhedral surface Γh consisting of a union of simplices (triangles for n = 2, intervals for n = 1) with vertices on Γ. A finite element space of functions is then defined by taking the continuous functions on Γh which are linear affine on each simplex of the polygonal surface. We use surface gradients to define weak forms of elliptic operators and naturally generate weak formulations of elliptic and parabolic equations on Γ. Our finite element method is applied to weak forms of the equations. The computation of the mass and element stiffness matrices are simple and straightforward.We give an example of error bounds in the case of semi-discretization in space for a fourth order linear problem. Numerical experiments are described for several linear and nonlinear partial differential equations. In particular the power of the method is demonstrated by employing it to solve highly nonlinear second and fourth order problems such as surface Allen-Cahn and Cahn-Hilliard equations and surface level set equations for geodesic mean curvature flow.
Oh, Jin Ho; Cho, Maeng Hyo [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jun Sik [Pennsylvania State University, University Park (United States); Grediac, Michel [Campus de Clermont-Ferrand-Les Cezeaux, AUBIERE CEDEX (France)
2008-05-15
A finite element formulation based on an enhanced first order shear deformation theory is developed to accurately and efficiently predict the behavior of laminated composite and sandwich structures. An enhanced first order shear deformation theory is systematically derived by minimizing the least-squared energy error between the first order shear deformable plate theory and a higher order shear deformable plate theory. In this way, the strain energy of a higher order theory is transformed to that of the Reissner-Mindlin plate theory. This minimization procedure yields a relationship between them that is also used to improve the accuracy of predicted stresses and displacements. The key feature of the proposed theory is in that it can be implemented to commercial FEM packages by simply changing the input, and the results obtained can be also enhanced by post-processing them via a differential quadrature method. Thus, a proposed finite element formulation can be widely used in various application problems. Through numerical examples, the accuracy and robustness of the present formulation are demonstrated
Gyekenyesi, J. P.; Powers, L. M.; Jadaan, O. M.
1998-01-01
The desirable properties of ceramics at high temperatures have generated interest in their use for structural applications such as in advanced turbine systems. Design lives for such systems can exceed 10,000 hours. The long life requirement necessitates subjecting the components to relatively low stresses. The combination of high temperatures and low stresses typically places failure for monolithic ceramics in the creep regime. The objective of this paper is to present a design methodology for predicting the lifetimes of structural components subjected to creep rupture conditions. This methodology utilized commercially available finite element packages and takes into account the time-varying creep strain distributions (stress relaxation). The creep life of a component is discretized into short time steps, during which the stress and strain distributions are assumed constant. The damage is calculated for each time step based on a modified Monkman-Grant creep rupture criterion. Failure is assumed to occur when the normalized accumulated damage at any point in the component is greater than or equal to unity. The corresponding time will be the creep rupture life for that component. Examples are chosen to demonstrate the CARES/CREEP (Ceramics Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of Structures/CREEP) integrated design programs, which is written for the ANSYS finite element package. Depending on the component size and loading conditions, it was found that in real structures one of two competing failure modes (creep or slow crack growth) will dominate. Applications to benechmark problems and engine components are included.
Faisal, Tanvir R; Luo, Yunhua
2016-05-12
Image-based finite element analysis (FEA) has been considered an effective computational tool to predict hip fracture risk. The patient specific FEA gives an insight into the inclusive effect of three-dimensional (3D) complex bone geometry, and the distribution of inhomogeneous isotropic material properties in conjunction with loading conditions. The neck region of a femur is primarily the weakest in which fracture is likely to happen, when someone falls. A sideways fall results in the development of greater tensile and compressive stresses, respectively, in the inferior and superior aspects of the femoral neck, whereas the state of stress is reversed in usual gait or stance configuration. Herein, the variations of stresses have been investigated at the femoral neck region considering both single-stance and sideways fall. Finite element models of ten human femora have been generated using Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) scan datasets and have been simulated with an equal magnitude of load applied to the aforementioned configurations. Fracture risk indicator, defined as the ratio of the maximum compressive or tensile stress computed at the superior and inferior surfaces to the corresponding yield stress, has been used in this work to measure the variations of fracture risk between single-stance and sideways fall. The average variations of the fracture risk indicators between the fall and stance are at least 24.3% and 8% at the superior and inferior surfaces, respectively. The differences may interpret why sideways fall is more dangerous for the elderly people, causing hip fracture. PMID:27175463
Finite element analysis of tibial fractures
Wong, Christian Nai En; Mikkelsen, Mikkel Peter W; Hansen, Leif Berner;
2010-01-01
INTRODUCTION: Fractures of the tibial shaft are relatively common injuries. There are indications that tibial shaft fractures share characteristics in terms of site, type and local fracture mechanisms. In this study, we aimed to set up a mathematical, computer-based model using finite element...... analysis of the bones of the lower leg to examine if such a model is adequate for prediction of fracture locations and patterns. In future studies, we aim to use these biomechanical results to examine fracture prevention, among others, and to simulate different types of osteosynthesis and the process of...... bony healing. The biomechanical results are the basis for fracture healing, biomechanical fall analysis and stability analysis of osteosynthesis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A finite element model of the bony part of the lower leg was generated on the basis of computed tomography data from the Visible Human...
Finite Element Simulation of Metal Quenching
方刚; 曾攀
2004-01-01
The evolution of the phase transformation and the resulting internal stresses and strains in metallic parts during quenching were modeled numerically. The numerical simulation of the metal quenching process was based on the metallo-thermo-mechanical theory using the finite element method to couple the temperature, phase transformation, and stress-strain fields. The numerical models are presented for the heat treatment and kinetics of the phase transformation. The finite element models and the phase transition kinetics accurately predict the distribution of the microstructure volume fractions, the temperature, the distortion, and the stress-strain relation during quenching. The two examples used to validate the models are the quenching of a small gear and of a large turbine rotor. The simulation results for the martensite phase volume fraction, the stresses, and the distortion in the gear agree well with the experimental data. The models can be used to optimize the quenching conditions to ensure product quality.
Finite element coiled cochlea model
Isailovic, Velibor; Nikolic, Milica; Milosevic, Zarko; Saveljic, Igor; Nikolic, Dalibor; Radovic, Milos; Filipović, Nenad
2015-12-01
Cochlea is important part of the hearing system, and thanks to special structure converts external sound waves into neural impulses which go to the brain. Shape of the cochlea is like snail, so geometry of the cochlea model is complex. The simplified cochlea coiled model was developed using finite element method inside SIFEM FP7 project. Software application is created on the way that user can prescribe set of the parameters for spiral cochlea, as well as material properties and boundary conditions to the model. Several mathematical models were tested. The acoustic wave equation for describing fluid in the cochlea chambers - scala vestibuli and scala timpani, and Newtonian dynamics for describing vibrations of the basilar membrane are used. The mechanical behavior of the coiled cochlea was analyzed and the third chamber, scala media, was not modeled because it does not have a significant impact on the mechanical vibrations of the basilar membrane. The obtained results are in good agreement with experimental measurements. Future work is needed for more realistic geometry model. Coiled model of the cochlea was created and results are compared with initial simplified coiled model of the cochlea.
Ablative Thermal Response Analysis Using the Finite Element Method
Dec John A.; Braun, Robert D.
2009-01-01
A review of the classic techniques used to solve ablative thermal response problems is presented. The advantages and disadvantages of both the finite element and finite difference methods are described. As a first step in developing a three dimensional finite element based ablative thermal response capability, a one dimensional computer tool has been developed. The finite element method is used to discretize the governing differential equations and Galerkin's method of weighted residuals is used to derive the element equations. A code to code comparison between the current 1-D tool and the 1-D Fully Implicit Ablation and Thermal Response Program (FIAT) has been performed.
Kou, Wenjun; Griffith, Boyce E.; Pandolfino, John E.; Kahrilas, Peter J.; Patankar, Neelesh A.
2015-11-01
This work extends a fiber-based immersed boundary (IB) model of esophageal transport by incorporating a continuum model of the deformable esophageal wall. The continuum-based esophagus model adopts finite element approach that is capable of describing more complex and realistic material properties and geometries. The leakage from mismatch between Lagrangian and Eulerian meshes resulting from large deformations of the esophageal wall is avoided by careful choice of interaction points. The esophagus model, which is described as a multi-layered, fiber-reinforced nonlinear elastic material, is coupled to bolus and muscle-activation models using the IB approach to form the esophageal transport model. Cases of esophageal transport with different esophagus models are studied. Results on the transport characteristics, including pressure field and esophageal wall kinematics and stress, are analyzed and compared. Support from NIH grant R01 DK56033 and R01 DK079902 is gratefully acknowledged. BEG is supported by NSF award ACI 1460334.
Tao, Liang; McCurdy, C.W.; Rescigno, T.N.
2008-11-25
We show how to combine finite elements and the discrete variable representation in prolate spheroidal coordinates to develop a grid-based approach for quantum mechanical studies involving diatomic molecular targets. Prolate spheroidal coordinates are a natural choice for diatomic systems and have been used previously in a variety of bound-state applications. The use of exterior complex scaling in the present implementation allows for a transparently simple way of enforcing Coulomb boundary conditions and therefore straightforward application to electronic continuum problems. Illustrative examples involving the bound and continuum states of H2+, as well as the calculation of photoionization cross sections, show that the speed and accuracy of the present approach offer distinct advantages over methods based on single-center expansions.
Tao, Ran; Moussawi, Ali; Lubineau, Gilles; Pan, Bing
2016-06-01
Digital image correlation (DIC) is now an extensively applied full-field measurement technique with subpixel accuracy. A systematic drawback of this technique, however, is the smoothening of the kinematic field (e.g., displacement and strains) across interfaces between dissimilar materials, where the deformation gradient is known to be large. This can become an issue when a high level of accuracy is needed, for example, in the interfacial region of composites or joints. In this work, we described the application of global conforming finite-element-based DIC technique to obtain precise kinematic fields at interfaces between dissimilar materials. Speckle images from both numerical and actual experiments processed by the described global DIC technique better captured sharp strain gradient at the interface than local subset-based DIC.
MORTAR FINITE VOLUME METHOD WITH ADINI ELEMENT FOR BIHARMONIC PROBLEM
Chun-jia Bi; Li-kang Li
2004-01-01
In this paper, we construct and analyse a mortar finite volume method for the dis-cretization for the biharmonic problem in R2. This method is based on the mortar-type Adini nonconforming finite element spaces. The optimal order H2-seminorm error estimate between the exact solution and the mortar Adini finite volume solution of the biharmonic equation is established.
The main goal of this research is to establish a methodology of finite element analysis of containment building predicting not only global behaviour but also local failure mode. In this report, we summerize some existing numerical analysis techniques to be improved for containment building. In other words, a complete description of the standard degenerated shell finite element formulation is provided for nonlinear stress analysis of nuclear containment structure. A shell finite element is derived using the degenerated solid concept which does not rely on a specific shell theory. Reissner-Mindlin assumptions are adopted to consider the transverse shear deformation effect. In order to minimize the sensitivity of the constitutive equation to structural types, microscopic material model is adopted. The four solution algorithms based on the standard Newton-Raphson method are discussed. Finally, two numerical examples are carried out to test the performance of the adopted shell medel
Continuous finite element methods for Hamiltonian systems
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2007-01-01
By applying the continuous finite element methods of ordinary differential equations, the linear element methods are proved having second-order pseudo-symplectic scheme and the quadratic element methods are proved having third-order pseudosymplectic scheme respectively for general Hamiltonian systems, and they both keep energy conservative. The finite element methods are proved to be symplectic as well as energy conservative for linear Hamiltonian systems. The numerical results are in agreement with theory.
Finite-Element Composite-Analysis Program
Bowles, David E.
1990-01-01
Finite Element Composite Analysis Program, FECAP, special-purpose finite-element program for analyzing behavior of composite material with microcomputer. Procedure leads to set of linear simultaneous equations relating unknown nodal displacement to applied loads. Written in HP BASIC 3.0.
Lee, D. W.; Joo, H. G. [Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)
2013-07-01
The methods and performance of a three-dimensional S{sub n} transport code employing the Discontinuous Finite Element Method (DFEM) and the Coarse Mesh Finite Difference (CMFD) formulation are presented. The mesh generator GMSH and a post processing visualization tool Visit are combined with the code for flexible geometry processing and versatile visualization. The CMFD method for DFEM Sn applications is formulated and the performance of the CMFD acceleration of eigenvalue calculations is demonstrated for a simple set of neutron transport problems. (authors)
Based on the principle of abnormal field algorithms, Helmholtz equations for electromagnetic field have been deduced. We made the electric field Helmholtz equation the governing equation, and derived the corresponding system of vector finite element method equations using the Galerkin method. For solving the governing equation using the vector finite element method, we divided the computing domain into homogenous brick elements, and used Whitney-type vector basis functions. After obtaining the electric field's anomaly field in the Laplace domain using the vector finite element method, we used the Gaver–Stehfest algorithm to transform the electric field's anomaly field to the time domain, and obtained the impulse response of magnetic field's anomaly field through the Faraday law of electromagnetic induction. By comparing 1D analytic solutions of quasi-H-type geoelectric models, the accuracy of the vector finite element method is tested. For the low resistivity brick geoelectric model, the plot shape of electromotive force computed using the vector finite element method coincides with that of the integral equation method and finite difference in time domain solutions
An introduction to the UNCLE finite element scheme
UNCLE is a completely general finite element scheme which provides common input, output, equation-solving and other facilities for a family of finite element codes for linear and non-linear stress analysis, heat transfer etc. This report describes the concepts on which UNCLE is based and gives a general account of the facilities provided. (author)
Teaching Finite Element Method of Structural Line Elements Assisted by Open Source FreeMat
Waluyo Adi Siswanto; Agung Setyo Darmawan
2012-01-01
One of the important objectives in teaching finite element method at introductory level is to bring students into the comprehension of finite element procedures. This study presents a strategy of teaching structural line elements involving an open source computer-aided learning tool FreeMat integrated with another open source CALFEM finite element toolbox. FreeMat, which is a programming based learning tool, is used together with other higher level learning tools; Open/Libre Office Spreadshee...
Image segmentation with a finite element method
Bourdin, Blaise
1999-01-01
The Mumford-Shah functional for image segmentation is an original approach of the image segmentation problem, based on a minimal energy criterion. Its minimization can be seen as a free discontinuity problem and is based on \\Gamma-convergence and bounded variation functions theories.Some new...... regularization results, make possible to imagine a finite element resolution method.In a first time, the Mumford-Shah functional is introduced and some existing results are quoted. Then, a discrete formulation for the Mumford-Shah problem is proposed and its $\\Gamma$-convergence is proved. Finally, some...
Adaptive Finite Element Approximations for Kohn-Sham Models
Chen, Huajie; Dai, Xiaoying; Gong, Xingao; He, Lianhua; Zhou, Aihui
2013-01-01
The Kohn-Sham equation is a powerful, widely used approach for computation of ground state electronic energies and densities in chemistry, materials science, biology, and nanosciences. In this paper, we study the adaptive finite element approximations for the Kohn-Sham model. Based on the residual type a posteriori error estimators proposed in this paper, we introduce an adaptive finite element algorithm with a quite general marking strategy and prove the convergence of the adaptive finite el...
Ridha, Hambli; Almitani, Khalid H; Chamekh, Abdessalem; Toumi, Hechmi; Tavares, Joao Manuel R S
2015-04-01
In this work, a bone damage resorption finite element model based on the disruption of the inhibitory signal transmitted between osteocytes cells in bone due to damage accumulation is developed and discussed. A strain-based stimulus function coupled to a damage-dependent spatial function is proposed to represent the connection between two osteocytes embedded in the bone tissue. The signal is transmitted to the bone surface to activate bone resorption. The proposed model is based on the idea that the osteocyte signal reduction is not related to the reduction of the stimulus sensed locally by osteocytes due to damage, but to the difficulties for the signal in travelling along a disrupted area due to microcracks that can destroy connections of the intercellular network between osteocytes and bone-lining cells. To check the potential of the proposed model to predict the damage resorption process, two bone resorption mechano-regulation rules corresponding to two mechanotransduction approaches have been implemented and tested: (1) Bone resorption based on a coupled strain-damage stimulus function without ruptured osteocyte connections (NROC); and (2) Bone resorption based on a strain stimulus function with ruptured osteocyte connections (ROC). The comparison between the results obtained by both models, shows that the proposed model based on ruptured osteocytes connections predicts realistic results in conformity with previously published findings concerning the fatigue damage repair in bone. PMID:25640868
Rotationally invariant distortion resistant finite-elements.
Cowan, T.; Coombs, W.M.
2014-01-01
The predictive capability of conventional iso-parametric finite-elements deteriorates with mesh distortion. In the case of geometrically non-linear analysis, changes in geometry causing severe distortion can result in negative Jacobian mapping between the local and global systems resulting in numerical breakdown. This paper presents a finite-element formulation that is resistant to irregular mesh geometries and large element distortions whilst remaining invariant to rigid body motion. The pre...
Mencik, Jean-Mathieu
2013-01-01
International audience The harmonic forced response of structures involving several noncoplanar rectangular flat shells is investigated by using the Wave Finite Element method. Such flat shells are connected along parallel edges where external excitation sources as well as mechanical impedances are likely to occur. Also, they can be connected to one or several coupling elements whose shapes and dynamics can be complex. The dynamic behavior of the connected shells is described by means of n...
Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.; Groesen, van E.
2004-01-01
Finite element vectorial optical mode solver is used to analyze microstructured waveguides in a relatively small computational domain. The presentation will consider the computational method, as well as the applications of it on a number of waveguides with 2-D cross section where microstructures are
Uranus, H.P.; Hoekstra, H.J.W.M.; Groesen, van, M.
2004-01-01
Finite element vectorial optical mode solver is used to analyze microstructured waveguides in a relatively small computational domain. The presentation will consider the computational method, as well as the applications of it on a number of waveguides with 2-D cross section where microstructures are employed.