Zero-thickness interface elements are used to model contact surfaces or potential cracks. In these cases, their elastic stiffness is often set extremely high to reproduce a rigid behavior. This paper shows that the values of the stress tractions at the nodes of these elements can be affected by an error. A new procedure is proposed here, consisting of adding some nondimensional coefficients (purely geometry-dependent) to the values of the interface stiffness parameters. Thus doing, the accurate tractions at the interface nodes are recovered. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
|Journal||International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|