A mortared finite element method for frictional contact on arbitrary interfaces


Journal Article

This work concerns finite-element algorithms for imposing frictional contact constraints on intra-element, or embedded surfaces. Existing techniques typically rely on the underlying bulk mesh to implicitly partition the surface, a strategy that can give rise to overconstraint. In the present work, we first apply a mortaring algorithm to the modeling of frictional contact conditions on arbitrary interfaces. The algorithm is based upon a projection of the bulk and surface fields onto independent mortar fields at the interface. We examine the advantages of this approach when combined with extended finite-element approximations to the bulk fields. In particular, the method allows for bulk and surface domains to be partitioned separately, as well as enforce nonlinear contact constraints on surfaces that are not explicitly "fitted" to the bulk mesh. Results from several benchmark problems in frictional contact are provided to demonstrate the accuracy and efficacy of the method, as well as the improvement in robustness compared to existing techniques. We also provide an example that illustrates the effectiveness of the approach in high-speed machining simulation. © Springer Verlag 2006.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, TY; Dolbow, J; Laursen, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 223 - 235

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0178-7675

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00466-005-0019-4

Citation Source

  • Scopus