Dynamical analysis of sliding connections with mesh independent roughness by a total Lagrangian FEM
Sliding connections are present in several applications on the mechanics, civil and aerospace industries. A framework consisting on an accurate and stable formulation to describe the dynamics of flexible systems with sliding connections is developed. The total Lagrangian positional approach of the Finite Element Method is employed using 2D solid and frame elements to discretize bodies and connections. This allows a wide range of applications, particularly the local modelling of joints. The proposed formulation includes roughness along sliding paths independent from the finite element geometry discretization. Following variational principles, Lagrange multipliers are used to impose sliding constraints on the equations of motion. A direct time integration is performed by the generalized-α method and its stability in the present finite deformation context is evaluated. The resulting nonlinear equations are solved by the Newton-Raphson method. Examples are presented where the proposed framework is evaluated regarding its dynamical behavior and to solve practical scenarios for which sliding modelling is a necessity.
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