On the application of the Arlequin method to the coupling of particle and continuum models

Paul T. Bauman, Hachmi Ben Dhia, Nadia Elkhodja, J. Tinsley Oden, Serge Prudhomme

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In this work, we propose to extend the Arlequin framework to couple particle and continuum models. Three different coupling strategies are investigated based on the L 2 norm, H 1 seminorm, and H 1 norm. The mathematical properties of the method are studied for a one-dimensional model of harmonic springs, with varying coefficients, coupled with a linear elastic bar, whose modulus is determined by simple homogenization. It is shown that the method is well-posed for the H 1 seminorm and H 1 norm coupling terms, for both the continuous and discrete formulations. In the case of L 2 coupling, it cannot be shown that the Babuška-Brezzi condition holds for the continuous formulation. Numerical examples are presented for the model problem that illustrate the approximation properties of the different coupling terms and the effect of mesh size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-530
Number of pages20
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Atomistic-continuum coupling
  • Domain decomposition
  • Lagrange multipliers
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Numerical methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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