Curvilinear Virtual Elements for 2D solid mechanics applications

by   E. Artioli, et al.
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
University of Rome Tor Vergata

In the present work we generalize the curvilinear Virtual Element technology, introduced for a simple linear scalar problem in a previous work, to generic 2D solid mechanic problems in small deformations. Such generalization also includes the development of a novel Virtual Element space for displacements that contains rigid body motions. Our approach can accept a generic black-box (elastic or inelastic) constitutive algorithm and, in addition, can make use of curved edges thus leading to an exact approximation of the geometry. Rigorous theoretical interpolation properties for the new space on curvilinear elements are derived. We undergo an extensive numerical test campaign, both on elastic and inelastic problems, to assess the behavior of the scheme. The results are very promising and underline the advantages of the curved VEM approach over the standard one in the presence of curved geometries.


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