Coupling of nonlocal and local continuum models by the Arlequinapproach

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The objective of this work is to develop and apply the Arlequin framework to couple nonlocal and local continuum mechanical models. A mechanically-based model of nonlocal elasticity, which involves both contact and long-range forces, is used for the 'fine scale' description in which nonlocal interactions are considered to have non-negligible effects. Classical continuum mechanics only involving local contact forces is introduced for the rest of the structure where these nonlocal effects can be neglected. Both models overlap in a coupling subdomain called the 'gluing area' in which the total energy is separated into nonlocal and local contributions by complementary weight functions. A weak compatibility is ensured between kinematics of both models using Lagrange multipliers over the gluing area. The discrete formulation of this specific Arlequin coupling framework is derived and fully described. The validity and limits of the technique are demonstrated through two-dimensional numerical applications and results are compared against those of the fully nonlocal elasticity method. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-685
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 9 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • General Engineering
  • Numerical Analysis


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