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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 33
DEVELOPMENTS IN COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper I.1

From Continua to Discontinua - A Combined Finite Element / Discrete Element Modelling in Civil Engineering

N. Bicanic*, A. Munjiza#, D.R.J. Owen# and N. Petrinic#

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
#Department of Civil Engineering, University of Swansea, Swansea, UK

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
N. Bicanic, A. Munjiza, D.R.J. Owen, N. Petrinic, "From Continua to Discontinua - A Combined Finite Element / Discrete Element Modelling in Civil Engineering", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Developments in Computational Techniques for Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 1-13, 1995. doi:10.4203/ccp.33.1.1
Abstract
Computational and modelling aspects of a combined finite element/discrete element formulation for modelling fracturing and fragmented media are considered. Both fundamental and algorithmic issues essential for an efficient numerical simulation of engineering problems are discussed. The finite element representation of the solid, deformable region is combined with a model for progressive fracturing, leading to the formation of discrete elements, which are in turn composed of deformable finite elements. The applicability of this combined approach is demonstrated by a range of examples relevant to various branches of civil engineering.

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