WIT Press


Case Study On Convergence And Accuracy Of Explicit Finite Element For Contact-impact Problems

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CON010251

Volume

32

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

944 kb

Author(s)

S.R. Wu

Abstract

Case study on convergence and accuracy of explicit finite element for contact-impact problems S. R. Wu DepL Safety R&D, Ford Motor Company, U.S.A. Abstract Since the mid-80's, the explicit finite element method using a contact algorithm based on the penalty method has achieved significant success in automobile crash analysis, sheet metal forming and other impact engineering. As the finite element analysis method has been incorporated into the design and manufacturing analysis process, its reliability becomes increasingly important. This paper presents a simple example of a loaded string over an obstacle, a Signorini type of contact problem with a complete analytic solution. The finite element solution is shown to converge to the analytic solution with uniformly refined meshes. The penalty method for contact also converges to the rigid constraint condition. The convergence rate of some items of interest matches the available theoretical assessment. The study is extended t

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