The finite cell method for geometrically nonlinear problems of solid mechanics

Dominik Schillinger, Stefan Kollmannsberger, Ralf Peter Mundani, Ernst Rank

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The Finite Cell Method (FCM), which combines the fictitious domain concept with high-order p-FEM, permits the effective solution of problems with very complex geometry, since it circumvents the computationally expensive mesh generation and guarantees exponential convergence rates for smooth problems. The present contribution deals with the coupling of the FCM approach, which has been applied so far only to linear elasticity, with established nonlinear finite element technology. First, it is shown that the standard p-FEM based FCM converges poorly in a nonlinear formulation, since the presence of discontinuities leads to oscillatory solution fields. It is then demonstrated that the essential ideas of FCM, i.e. exponential convergence at virtually no meshing cost, can be achieved in the geometrically nonlinear setting, if high-order Legendre shape functions are replaced by a hierarchically enriched B-spline patch.

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