The finite cell method (FCM) is an immersed domain finite element method that combines higher-order non-boundary-fitted meshes, weak enforcement of Dirichlet boundary conditions, and adaptive quadrature based on recursive subdivision. Because of its ability to improve the geometric resolution of intersected elements, it can be characterized as an immersogeometric method. In this paper, we extend the FCM, so far only used with Cartesian hexahedral elements, to higher-order non-boundary-fitted tetrahedral meshes, based on a reformulation of the octree-based subdivision algorithm for tetrahedral elements. We show that the resulting TetFCM scheme is fully accurate in an immersogeometric sense, that is, the solution fields achieve optimal and exponential rates of convergence for h-refinement and p-refinement, if the immersed geometry is resolved with sufficient accuracy. TetFCM can leverage the natural ability of tetrahedral elements for local mesh refinement in three dimensions. Its suitability for problems with sharp gradients and highly localized features is illustrated by the immersogeometric phase-field fracture analysis of a human femur bone.
|Number of pages
|International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
|Published - Sep 21 2016
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- adaptive tetrahedral meshes
- finite cell method
- higher-order finite element methods
- immersogeometric analysis