WIT Press


Coupling Of Gap Finite Elements And Boundary Elements For Elastic Contact Problems

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE960371

Volume

14

Pages

11

Published

1996

Size

735 kb

Author(s)

A. Landenberger & A. El-Zafrany

Abstract

Gap finite elements provide a practical approach for dealing with elastic contact problems, and it is not possible to derive something similar with boundary elements. This work introduces a simple technique for the analysis of elastic contact problems by coupling a gap finite element subregion with boundary element subregions. The developed algorithm proves to be accurate and reliable, combining the advantages within contact problems of both the gap finite element and the boundary element method. 1 Introduction The use of numerical methods for the solution of contact problems has increased due to the variety of problems that can be solved and also because analytical solutions are very limited or often unavailable. Over the last few years, the Finite Element

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