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Mesh sensitivity in discrete element simulation of flexible protection structures

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posted on 09.04.2020 by M. Previtali, M. Ciantia, R. Castellanza, G. Crosta
The Discrete Element Method (DEM) has been employed in recent years to simulate flexible protection structures undergoing dynamic loading due to its inherent aptitude for dealing with inertial effects and large deformations. The individual structural elements are discretized with an arbitrary number of discrete elements, connected by spring-like remote interactions. In this work, we implement this approach using the parallel bond contact model and compare the numerical results at different discretization intervals with the analytical solutions of classical beam theory. Successively, we use the same model to simulate the punching test of a steel wire mesh and quantify the influence of a different number of elements on the macroscopic response.

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