A virtual element method for isotropic hyperelasticity

10/21/2019 ∙ by Daniel van Huyssteen, et al. ∙ 0

This work considers the application of the virtual element method to plane hyperelasticity problems with a novel approach to the selection of stabilization parameters. The method is applied to a range of numerical examples and well known strain energy functions, including neo-Hookean, Mooney-Rivlin and Ogden material models. For each of the strain energy functions the performance of the method under varying degrees of compressibility, including near-incompressibility, is investigated. Through these examples the convergence behaviour of the virtual element method is demonstrated. Furthermore, the method is found to be robust and locking free for a variety of element geometries, including elements with a high degree of concavity.



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