Project within DFG Priority Program 1748 (2015-2021)
Adaptive isogeometric modeling of discontinuities in complex-shaped heterogeneous solids:
The development of innovative products demands multi-material lightweight designs with complex heterogeneous local material structures. Their computer-aided engineering relies on the constitutive modeling and, in particular, the numerical simulation of propagating cracks. The underlying numerical techniques have to account for the failure of interfaces and bulk material as well as their interaction in the form of crack branching and coalescence. In order to provide realistic predictions by simulation, the true 3D nature of the problem has to be captured. For this purpose, this project develops new numerical models and methods that combine adaptive spline-based approximations from Isogeometric Analysis (IGA) with phase-field models for crack propagation. The main goals of this project are linked to fundamental challenges in the fields of Computational Mechanics, Numerical Analysis and Material Sciences, e.g., the representation and adaptive refinement of unstructured (water-tight) spline surfaces, the feasible coupling of spline surfaces with structured bulk meshes, the regularized modeling of heterogeneous materials, and the rigorous error analysis and control in pre-asymptotic regimes.