Solution of plane elasticity problems by the displacement discontinuity method. I. Infinite body solution

Steven L Crouch

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the development of a numerical procedure for solving complex boundary value problems in plane elastostatics. This procedure—the displacement discontinuity method—consists simply of placing N displacement discontinuities of unknown magnitude along the boundaries of the region to be analyzed, then setting up and solving a system of algebraic equations to find the discontinuity values that produce prescribed boundary tractions or displacements. The displacement discontinuity method is in some respects similar to integral equation or ‘influence function’ techniques, and contrasts with finite difference and finite element procedures in that approximations are made only on the boundary contours, and not in the field. The method is illustrated by comparing computed results with the analytical solutions of two boundary value problems: a circular disc subjected to diametral compression, and a circular hole in an infinite plate under a uniaxial stress field. In both cases the numerical results are in excellent agreement with the exact solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-343
Number of pages43
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1976

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