This paper presents a novel numerical procedure for limit analysis of plane problems using edge-based smoothed finite element method (ES-FEM) in combination with second-order cone programming. In the ES-FEM, the discrete weak form is obtained based on the strain smoothing technique over smoothing domains associated with the edges of the elements. Using constant smoothing functions, the incompressibility condition only needs to be enforced at one point in each smoothing domain, and only one Gaussian point is required, ensuring that the size of the resulting optimization problem is kept to a minimum. The discretization problem is transformed into the form of a second-order cone programming problem which can be solved using highly efficient interior-point solvers. Finally, the efficacy of the procedure is demonstrated by applying it to various benchmark plane stress and strain problems.
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- Computer Science (miscellaneous)
- Computational Mathematics