Three-dimensional finite element computations for frictional contact problems with non-associated sliding rule. (English) Zbl 1072.74060

Summary: This paper presents an algorithm for solving anisotropic frictional contact problems where the sliding rule is non-associated. The algorithm is based on a variational formulation of the complex interface model that combine the classical unilateral contact law and an anisotropic friction model with a non-associated slip rule. Both the friction condition and the sliding potential are elliptical and have the same principal axes but with different semi-axes ratio. The frictional contact law and its inverse are derived from a single non-differentiable scalar-valued function, called a bi-potential. The convexity properties of the bi-potential permit to associate stationary principles with initial-boundary value problems. With the present formulation, the time integration of the frictional contact law takes the form of a projection onto a convex set and only one predictor-corrector step addresses all cases (sticking, sliding, no-contact). A solution algorithm is presented and tested on a simple example that shows the strong influence of the slip rule on the frictional behaviour.


74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74M15 Contact in solid mechanics
74M10 Friction in solid mechanics
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