A multiscale quasicontinuum method for dissipative lattice models and discrete networks

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Lattice models and discrete networks naturally describe mechanical phenomena at the mesoscale of fibrous materials. A disadvantage of lattice models is their computational cost. The quasicontinuum (QC) method is a suitable multiscale approach that reduces the computational cost of lattice models and allows the incorporation of local lattice defects in large-scale problems. So far, all QC methods are formulated for conservative (mostly atomistic) lattice models. Lattice models of fibrous materials however, often require non-conservative interactions. In this paper, a QC formulation is derived based on the virtual-power of a non-conservative lattice model. By using the virtual-power statement instead of force-equilibrium, errors in the governing equations of the force-based QC formulations are avoided. Nevertheless, the non-conservative interaction forces can still be directly inserted in the virtual-power QC framework. The summation rules for energy-based QC methods can still be used in the proposed framework as shown by two multiscale examples. Crown Copyright © 2013 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-169
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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