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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 84
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping, G. Montero and R. Montenegro
Paper 212

A Recovery Error Estimator for Singular Problems Using Singular+Smooth Field Splitting

J.J. Ródenas, E. Giner, J.E. Tarancón and O.A. González

Research Centre on Vehicles Technology, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

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J.J. Ródenas, E. Giner, J.E. Tarancón, O.A. González, "A Recovery Error Estimator for Singular Problems Using Singular+Smooth Field Splitting", in B.H.V. Topping, G. Montero, R. Montenegro, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 212, 2006. doi:10.4203/ccp.84.212
Keywords: error estimation, stress recovery, superconvergent patch recovery, generalised stress intensity factor, equivalent domain integral, finite element method, singular stress fields.

When applied to smooth solution problems, recovery-type error estimators, especially those based on the use of the superconvergent patch recovery (SPR) technique [1], have been shown to provide very accurate results. However, the efficiency of the error estimators decreases in singular problems due to their special nature.

In this paper, a new recovery-type error estimator for singular problems in linear elasticity, called the SPR-C-GSIF technique, has been developed. The idea behind the new recovery technique is to obtain the recovered stresses as the contribution of a singular recovered stress field and a smooth recovered stress field . The recovered singular stress field is reconstructed once the generalised stress intensity factor K (GSIF) is extracted from the standard finite element solution. The value of K, which characterizes the singular field, is then substituted into the singular analytical expressions for the stresses to have a better estimate of the singular part of the stress field. For the smooth recovered stress field, an enhanced SPR technique [2] which ensures the exact satisfaction of the equilibrium and compatibility equations of the recovered stresses in the patch is used. The stresses are directly evaluated at the integration points using a 'conjoint polynomial' enhancement to account for the different values of stresses obtained at each integration point from different patches.

In order to obtain an accurate estimation of the GSIF, a domain integral approach has been used [3]. The use of domain integrals for characterizing elastic singular problems is very efficient, accurate and easy to implement as a post-processing part of a finite element analysis.

The test problem used in the numerical examples is a portion of an infinite L-shaped domain which has been loaded with pure mode I stresses, see Figure 1. Since the effectivity index is a measure of the ratio of the estimated error to the exact error , Figure 2 compares the global effectivity indices obtained using the proposed method with the results obtained with the standard SPR technique. A clear improvement can be observed. It has also been checked that the improvement is remarkable at the local level.

Figure 1: L-shaped domain mode I. Geometric model.
Figure 2: Improvement of global effectivity index for quadratic elements

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