A Finite Element (FE) procedure based on a fully implicit backward Euler predictor/corrector scheme for the Cosserat continuum is here presented. The integration algorithm is suitable for yield and plastic potential surfaces with general shape in the deviatoric plane. The key element of the integration scheme is the spectral decomposition of the stress tensor, which is achieved, despite the lack of symmetry, because of the mathematical structure of the yield function and the set of invariants chosen as independent variables. It is also shown that the choice of invariants enables considerable mathematical simplifications, which result in the reduction of the system of equations and unknowns of the elasto-plastic problem from 19 to 1, and to rigorously handle the discontinuity at the apex of the surfaces. The algorithm has been implemented in a proprietary FE programme, and used for the constitutive model recently proposed by the same authors in this journal for the Cosserat continuum, which allows to set various classical failure criteria as yield and plastic potential surfaces. Numerical analyses have been conducted to simulate a biaxial compression test and a shallow strip footing resting on a Tresca, Mohr–Coulomb, Matsuoka–Nakai and Lade–Duncan soil. The benefits of the Cosserat continuum over the Cauchy/Maxwell medium are discussed considering mesh refinement, non-associated flow and softening behaviour.

An implicit integration algorithm based on invariants for isotropic elasto-plastic models of the Cosserat continuum

Panteghini A.;Lagioia R.
2022-01-01

Abstract

A Finite Element (FE) procedure based on a fully implicit backward Euler predictor/corrector scheme for the Cosserat continuum is here presented. The integration algorithm is suitable for yield and plastic potential surfaces with general shape in the deviatoric plane. The key element of the integration scheme is the spectral decomposition of the stress tensor, which is achieved, despite the lack of symmetry, because of the mathematical structure of the yield function and the set of invariants chosen as independent variables. It is also shown that the choice of invariants enables considerable mathematical simplifications, which result in the reduction of the system of equations and unknowns of the elasto-plastic problem from 19 to 1, and to rigorously handle the discontinuity at the apex of the surfaces. The algorithm has been implemented in a proprietary FE programme, and used for the constitutive model recently proposed by the same authors in this journal for the Cosserat continuum, which allows to set various classical failure criteria as yield and plastic potential surfaces. Numerical analyses have been conducted to simulate a biaxial compression test and a shallow strip footing resting on a Tresca, Mohr–Coulomb, Matsuoka–Nakai and Lade–Duncan soil. The benefits of the Cosserat continuum over the Cauchy/Maxwell medium are discussed considering mesh refinement, non-associated flow and softening behaviour.
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