In this paper, a new method for coupling the finite element method (FEM)and the element-free Galerkin method (EFGM) is proposed for linear elastic and geometrically nonlinear problems using local maximum entropy shape functions in theEFG zone of the problem domain. These shape functions possess a weak Kroneckerdelta property at the boundaries which provides a natural way to couple the EFGand the FE regions as compared to the use of moving least square basis functions.In this new approach, there is no need for interface/transition elements between theEFG and the FE regions or any other special treatment for shape function continuity across the FE-EFG interface. One- and two-dimensional linear elastic and two-dimensional geometrically nonlinear benchmark numerical examples are solved by the new approach to demonstrate the implementation and performance of the current approach.
|Publication status||Published online - 1 Jul 2013|
- FE-EFGM coupling
- maximum entropy basis functions
- non-linear elasticity
- moving least square basis functions