Maximum-entropy meshfree method for incompressible media problems
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Finite Elements in Analysis and Design
Vol. 47, No. 6, pp. 572-585, 2011
A. Ortiz , M.A. Puso, N. Sukumar
A novel maximum-entropy meshfree method that we recently introduced in Ortiz et al. (2010)  is extended to Stokes flow in two dimensions and to three-dimensional incompressible linear elasticity. The numerical procedure is aimed to remedy two outstanding issues in meshfree methods: the development of an optimal and stable formulation for incompressible media, and an accurate cell-based numerical integration scheme to compute the weak form integrals. On using the incompressibility constraint of the standard u-p formulation, a u-based formulation is devised by nodally averaging the hydrostatic pressure around the nodes. A modified Gauss quadrature scheme is employed, which results in a correction to the stiffness matrix that alleviates integration errors in meshfree methods, and satisfies the patch test to machine accuracy. The robustness and versatility of the maximum-entropy meshfree method is demonstrated in three-dimensional computations using tetrahedral background meshes for integration. The meshfree formulation delivers optimal rates of convergence in the energy and L2-norms. Inf–sup tests are presented to demonstrate the stability of the maximum-entropy meshfree formulation for incompressible media problems.
Original Journal Article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.finel.2010.12.009
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