A robust consistent configuration framework and formulation for 3D finite strain dynamic impact problems

X. Zhou, D. Sha, K. K. Tamma

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As a first step towards the next generation of computational tools for contact-impact applications, a robust consistent configuration dynamic formulation for frictional contact/impact dynamic problems is described based on a newly developed decoupled point to segment gap vector projection and decoupled contact model, in conjunction with the so-called arbitrary reference configuration (ARC) formulation for finite elastic/inelastic deformation, and the forward incremental displacement central difference time integration scheme for the equation of motion. As a consequence, the resulting normal and tangential contact boundary formulations are easy to be solved, and the contact constraints are satisfied exactly. This formulation is highly robust and efficient for the numerical simulation of finite deformation elastic/inelastic frictional contact/impact dynamic applications. Numerical results with comparisons to available experimental data and those obtained from other codes are also presented, thereby demonstrating the inherent advantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4571-4590
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number51-52
StatePublished - Oct 15 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support in the form of computer grants from the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute (MSI), Minneapolis, Minnesota are gratefully acknowledged.


  • Computational mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Finite deformation
  • Finite strain
  • Frictional contact/impact


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