A virtual element method for frictional contact including large deformations

Peter Wriggers (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Leibniz University Hanover, Hannover, Germany)
Wilhelm T. Rust (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Leibniz University Hanover, Hannover, Germany)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Publication date: 19 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe the application of the virtual element method (VEM) to contact problems between elastic bodies.

Design/methodology/approach

Polygonal elements with arbitrary shape allow a stable node-to-node contact enforcement. By adaptively adjusting the polygonal mesh, this methodology is extended to problems undergoing large frictional sliding.

Findings

The virtual element is well suited for large deformation contact problems. The issue of element stability for this specific application is discussed, and the capability of the method is demonstrated by means of numerical examples.

Originality/value

This work is completely new as this is the first time, as per the authors’ knowledge, the VEM is applied to large deformation contact.

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Citation

Wriggers, P. and Rust, W. (2019), "A virtual element method for frictional contact including large deformations", Engineering Computations, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EC-02-2019-0043

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