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Locking-Free Finite Elements for Unilateral Crack Problems in Elasticity

Z. Belhachmi, J.-M. Sac-Epée, S. Tahir (2009)

Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena

We consider mixed and hybrid variational formulations to the linearized elasticity system in domains with cracks. Inequality type conditions are prescribed at the crack faces which results in unilateral contact problems. The variational formulations are extended to the whole domain including the cracks which yields, for each problem, a smooth domain formulation. Mixed finite element methods such as PEERS or BDM methods are designed to avoid locking for nearly incompressible materials in plane elasticity....

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