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Goal oriented error estimation in multi-scale shell element finite element problems

Bonney, Matthew S., Evans, Richard, Rouse, James, Jones, Arthur, Kerfriden, Pierre ORCID: and Hamadi, Maxime 2021. Goal oriented error estimation in multi-scale shell element finite element problems. Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences 8 (1) , 3. 10.1186/s40323-021-00189-2

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A major challenge with modern aircraft design is the occurrence of structural features of varied length scales. Structural stiffness can be accurately represented using homogenisation, however aspects such as the onset of failure may require information on more refined length scale for both metallic and composite components. This work considers the errors encountered in the coarse global models due to the mesh size and how these are propagated into detailed local sub-models. The error is calculated by a goal oriented error estimator, formulated by solving dual problems and Zienkiewicz-Zhu smooth field recovery. Specifically, the novel concept of this work is applying the goal oriented error estimator to shell elements and propagating this error field into the continuum sub-model. This methodology is tested on a simplified aluminium beam section with four different local feature designs, thereby illustrating the sensitivity to various local features with a common global setting. The simulations show that when the feature models only contained holes on the flange section, there was little sensitivity of the von Mises stress to the design modifications. However, when holes were added to the webbing section, there were large stress concentrations that predicted yielding. Despite this increase in nominal stress, the maximum error does not significantly change. However, the error field does change near the holes. A Monte Carlo simulation utilising marginal distributions is performed to show the robustness of the multi-scale analysis to uncertainty in the global error estimation as would be expected in experimental measurements. This shows a trade-off between Saint-Venant’s principle of the applied loading and stress concentrations on the feature model when investigating the response variance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: SpringerOpen
ISSN: 2213-7467
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 29 January 2021
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 17:52

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