Boundary element analysis for elasticity problems using expanding element interpolation method

Jianming Zhang (College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China)
Lei Han (College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China)
Yudong Zhong (College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China)
Yunqiao Dong (College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China)
Weicheng Lin (College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Publication date: 14 November 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose a boundary element analysis of two-dimensional linear elasticity problems by a new expanding element interpolation method.

Design/methodology/approach

The expanding element is made up based on a traditional discontinuous element by adding virtual nodes along the perimeter of the element. The internal nodes of the original discontinuous element are referred to as source nodes and its shape function as raw shape function. The shape functions of the expanding element constructed on both source nodes and virtual nodes are referred as fine shape functions. Boundary variables are interpolated by the fine shape functions, while the boundary integral equations are collocated on source nodes.

Findings

The expanding element inherits the advantages of both the continuous and discontinuous elements while overcomes their disadvantages. The polynomial order of fine shape functions of the expanding elements increases by two compared with their corresponding raw shape functions, while the expanding elements still keep independence to each other as the original discontinuous elements. This feature makes the expanding elements able to naturally and accurately interpolate both continuous and discontinuous fields.

Originality/value

Numerical examples are presented to verify the proposed method. Results have demonstrated that the accuracy, efficiency and convergence rate of the expanding element method.

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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by National Science Foundation of China (Grant No.11472102 and No.11772125).

Citation

Zhang, J., Han, L., Zhong, Y., Dong, Y. and Lin, W. (2019), "Boundary element analysis for elasticity problems using expanding element interpolation method", Engineering Computations, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/EC-11-2018-0506

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