Parallel finite element computation of contact-impact problems with large deformations

Fehmi Cirak, Matthew West, Sean Mauch, Raúl Radovitzky

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We present a framework for parallel explicit dynamics simulation of frictional contact-impact problems involving shells and solids on distributed memory architectures. Contact detection is performed in parallel with orthogonal range queries based on a sparse bucket data structure. For contact enforcement a new algorithm is introduced, which exactly satisfies the kinematic impenetrability constraints and conserves linear and angular momenta. The versatility and efficiency of the proposed framework is demonstrated with selected thin-shell and solid applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Fluid and Solid Mechanics 2003
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780080529479
ISBN (Print)9780080440460
StatePublished - Jun 2 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Contact mechanics
  • Parallel finite elements
  • Shells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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