Coupled Discrete Element/Finite Element Method for the Analysis of Large Reinforced Concrete Structures Submitted to an Impact
The efficiency of the discrete element method for studying the fracture of heterogeneous media has been demonstrated, but it is limited by the size of the computational model. A coupling between the discrete elements (DEM) and the finite elements (FEM) methods is proposed to handle the simulation of impacts on large structures. The structure is split into two subdomains in each of which the method is adapted to the behavior of the structure under impact. The DEM takes naturally into account the discontinuities and is used to model the media in the impact zone. The remaining structure is modeled by the FEM. We propose an adaptation of the coupling procedure to connect Discrete Element model to shell-type Finite Elements. Finally, the efficiency of this approach is shown on the simulation of a reinforced concrete slab impacted by a tubular impactor.
Ezio Cadoni and Marco di Prisco
L. Daudeville et al., "Coupled Discrete Element/Finite Element Method for the Analysis of Large Reinforced Concrete Structures Submitted to an Impact", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 82, pp. 284-289, 2011