Analysis of a new augmented mixed finite element method for linear elasticity allowing -- approximations
GI 2MA, Departamento de Ingeniería Matemática,
Universidad de Concepción, Casilla 160-C, Concepción, Chile. firstname.lastname@example.org
We present a new stabilized mixed finite element method for the linear elasticity problem in . The approach is based on the introduction of Galerkin least-squares terms arising from the constitutive and equilibrium equations, and from the relation defining the rotation in terms of the displacement. We show that the resulting augmented variational formulation and the associated Galerkin scheme are well posed, and that the latter becomes locking-free and asymptotically locking-free for Dirichlet and mixed boundary conditions, respectively. In particular, the discrete scheme allows the utilization of Raviart–Thomas spaces of lowest order for the stress tensor, piecewise linear elements for the displacement, and piecewise constants for the rotation. In the case of mixed boundary conditions, the essential one (Neumann) is imposed weakly, which yields the introduction of the trace of the displacement as a suitable Lagrange multiplier. This trace is then approximated by piecewise linear elements on an independent partition of the Neumann boundary whose mesh size needs to satisfy a compatibility condition with the mesh size associated to the triangulation of the domain. Several numerical results illustrating the good performance of the augmented mixed finite element scheme in the case of Dirichlet boundary conditions are also reported.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 65N12 / 65N15 / 65N30 / 74B05
Key words: Mixed-FEM / augmented formulation / linear elasticity / locking-free.
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