On the solution of contact problems with Tresca friction by the semismooth* Newton method

by   Helmut Gfrerer, et al.
Akademie věd ČR
Johannes Kepler University Linz

An equilibrium of a linear elastic body subject to loading and satisfying the friction and contact conditions can be described by a variational inequality of the second kind and the respective discrete model attains the form of a generalized equation. To its numerical solution we apply the semismooth* Newton method by Gfrerer and Outrata (2019) in which, in contrast to most available Newton-type methods for inclusions, one approximates not only the single-valued but also the multi-valued part. This is performed on the basis of limiting (Morduchovich) coderivative. In our case of the Tresca friction, the multi-valued part amounts to the subdifferential of a convex function generated by the friction and contact conditions. The full 3D discrete problem is then reduced to the contact boundary. Implementation details of the semismooth* Newton method are provided and numerical tests demonstrate its superlinear convergence and mesh independence.


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