A finite element method for the simulation of strong and weak discontinuities in solid mechanics
Journal article, 2004

In this paper we introduce and analyze a finite element method for elasticity problems with interfaces. The method allows for discontinuities, internal to the elements, in the approximation across the interface. We propose a general approach that can handle both perfectly and imperfectly bonded interfaces without modifications of the code. For the case of linear elasticity, we show that optimal order of convergence holds without restrictions on the location of the interface relative to the mesh. We present numerical examples for the linear case as well as for ductile contact and crack propagation model problems.


discontinuous finite element method

Nitsche's method

unfitted method


Anita Hansbo

University West

Peter F G Hansbo

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics

Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

0045-7825 (ISSN)

Vol. 193 33-35 3523-3540

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering




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