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Publication date: 7 March 2016

Stefan May, Julien Vignollet and René de Borst

– The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new arc-length control method for physically non-linear problems based on the rates of the internal and the dissipated energy.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new arc-length control method for physically non-linear problems based on the rates of the internal and the dissipated energy.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the authors derive from the second law of thermodynamics the arc-length method based on the rate of the dissipated energy and from the time derivative of the energy density the arc-length method based on the rate of the internal energy.

Findings

The method requires only two parameters and can automatically trace equilibrium paths which display multiple snap-through and/or snap-back phenomena.

Originality/value

A fully energy-based control procedure is developed, which facilitates switching between dissipative and non-dissipative arc-length control equations in a natural way. The method is applied to a plate with an eccentric hole using the phase field model for brittle fracture and to a perforated beam using interface elements with decohesion.

Details

Engineering Computations, vol. 33 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-4401

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