The present study aims to show a novel numerical approach for investigating composite structures wherein inclusions and discontinuities are present. This numerical approach, termed Strong Formulation Finite Element Method (SFEM), implements a domain decomposition technique in which the governing partial differential system of equations is solved in a strong form. The provided numerical solutions are compared with the ones of the classic Finite Element Method (FEM). It is pointed out that the stress and strain components of the investigated model can be computed more accurately and with less degrees of freedom with respect to standard weak form procedures. The SFEM lies within the general framework of the so-called pseudo-spectral or collocation methods. The Differential Quadrature (DQ) method is one specific application of the previously cited ones and it is applied for discretizing all the partial differential equations that govern the physical problem. The main drawback of the DQ method is that it cannot be applied to irregular domains. In converting the differential problem into a system of algebraic equations, the derivative calculation is direct so that the problem can be solved in its strong form. However, such problem can be overcome by introducing a mapping transformation to convert the equations in the physical coordinate system into a computational space. It is important to note that the assemblage among the elements is given by compatibility conditions, which enforce the connection with displacements and stresses along the boundary edges. Several computational aspects and numerical applications will be presented for the aforementioned problems related to composite materials with discontinuities and inclusions.

Erasmo, V., Francesco, T., Nicholas, F., Michele, B. (2017). Numerical Investigation of Composite Materials with Inclusions and Discontinuities. Pfaffikon : TRANS TECH PUBLICATIONS LTD [10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.747.69].

### Numerical Investigation of Composite Materials with Inclusions and Discontinuities

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The present study aims to show a novel numerical approach for investigating composite structures wherein inclusions and discontinuities are present. This numerical approach, termed Strong Formulation Finite Element Method (SFEM), implements a domain decomposition technique in which the governing partial differential system of equations is solved in a strong form. The provided numerical solutions are compared with the ones of the classic Finite Element Method (FEM). It is pointed out that the stress and strain components of the investigated model can be computed more accurately and with less degrees of freedom with respect to standard weak form procedures. The SFEM lies within the general framework of the so-called pseudo-spectral or collocation methods. The Differential Quadrature (DQ) method is one specific application of the previously cited ones and it is applied for discretizing all the partial differential equations that govern the physical problem. The main drawback of the DQ method is that it cannot be applied to irregular domains. In converting the differential problem into a system of algebraic equations, the derivative calculation is direct so that the problem can be solved in its strong form. However, such problem can be overcome by introducing a mapping transformation to convert the equations in the physical coordinate system into a computational space. It is important to note that the assemblage among the elements is given by compatibility conditions, which enforce the connection with displacements and stresses along the boundary edges. Several computational aspects and numerical applications will be presented for the aforementioned problems related to composite materials with discontinuities and inclusions.
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International Conference on Mechanics of Masonry Structures Strengthened with Composites Materials
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Erasmo, V., Francesco, T., Nicholas, F., Michele, B. (2017). Numerical Investigation of Composite Materials with Inclusions and Discontinuities. Pfaffikon : TRANS TECH PUBLICATIONS LTD [10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.747.69].
Erasmo, Viola; Francesco, Tornabene; Nicholas, Fantuzzi; Michele, Bacciocchi
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