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A parallel and efficient multi-split XFEM for 3-D analysis of heterogeneous materials

Bansal, Manik, Singh, I.V., Mishra, B.K. and Bordas, S.P.A. ORCID: 2019. A parallel and efficient multi-split XFEM for 3-D analysis of heterogeneous materials. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 347 , pp. 365-401. 10.1016/j.cma.2018.12.023

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We propose a parallel and computationally efficient multi-split XFEM approach for 3-D analysis of heterogeneous materials. In this approach, multiple discontinuities (pores and reinforcement particles) may intersect any given element (we call those elements multi-split elements). These discontinuities are modeled by imposing additional degrees of freedom at the nodes. The main advantage of the proposed scheme is that the mesh size remains independent of the relative distance among the heterogeneities/discontinuities. The pores and reinforcement particles are assumed to be spherical. The simulations are performed for uniform and non-uniform heterogeneity distribution. The Young’s modulus of the heterogeneous material is evaluated for different amount of pores and reinforcement particles. To demonstrate the computational efficiency of the multi-split XFEM, elastic damage analysis is performed for the unit cell with 5% pores and 5% reinforcement particles under uniaxial tensile loading. These simulations show that the Young’s modulus decreases linearly with the increase in the volume fraction of the pores and increases linearly with the increase in volume fraction of reinforcement particles. The multi-split XFEM is found to be at least 1.8 times computationally efficient than standard XFEM and at least 6.7 times computationally efficient than FEM.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0045-7825
Date of Acceptance: 14 December 2018
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 13:49

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