# A mixed Finite Element method for 3D elasticity problems at large strains with weakly imposed symmetry

conference contribution

posted on 2021-05-13, 10:19 authored by Christophe-Alexandre Chalons-Mouriesse, Lukasz Kaczmarczyk, Chris PearceSince the 1970’s, mixed formulations have arisen as an alternative to the classical one-field formulation.
In particular, in the realm of physical problems, it appears as a natural solution to solve numerical issues
related to incompressibility and localisation phenomena, notably thanks to the introduction of physical
variables that are treated as unknowns in the physical equations (in contrast with the classical formulation
where typically only one unknown is sought). The finite element methods based on mixed formulations
come with ”in-built” a priori error estimators which allows one to control the error in the approximated
solution for different fields independently [2]. Another interesting feature of the mixed formulations is
that they usually require less regularity for the underlying fields, making those methods applicable to
more general problems. However, those methods come with the price of stability. Therefore, compared to
classical formulations, extra-carefulness has to be observed in the choice of discretisation spaces. So far,
stable mixed finite elements have been proposed for mixed problems in small strain elasticity in 3D.
In the context of our work, we show an extension of the mixed finite element for small strain elasticity to large strain problems. In our approach, we use a polar decomposition of the deformation gradient
and we approximate simultaneously the rotation and the stretch tensors as two independent fields. Piola
Kirchhoff stress and spatial displacements are independent variable fields. We exploit the orthonormality
of the rotation tensor using exponential map. From the computational point of view, we use an opensource software, MoFEM [1], developed at the University of Glasgow. MoFEM provides many tools that
considerably simplify the analyses like hierarchical shape functions which makes p-refinement effortless
or shape functions for (discretised) Hdiv space. Recently, the implementation of the Schur complement
procedure significantly helped to improve the efficiency of the code. Numerical examples demonstrate
performance of this approach. To improve the stability for 3D mixed problems we introduce a viscosity
parameter. The effect of this parameter on load-displacement path is shown and compared with the results obtained by other authors. Further developments allow the inclusion of dissipative phenomena (like
plasticity) in the theoretical model using concepts from configurational mechanics.

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- Mathematical Sciences