Coupling discrete elements with shell finite elements to simulate impacts on reinforced concrete structuresJ. Rousseau1, P. Marin1, L. Daudeville1 and S. Potapov2
1 3S-R (UJF/INPG/CNRS), DU BP. 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
2 LaMSID (EDF/CNRS),1 Av. du Général de Gaulle, 92140 Clamart, France
Published online: 15 September 2009
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 and the finite elements 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 behaviour 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. The efficiency of the coupling method is tested in a simulation of a concrete slab under a rocky impact.
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