A thermo-mechanically coupled finite strain model considering inelastic heat generation

Vladimir Dunić*, Nenad Busarac, Vukašin Slavković, Bojana Rosić, Rainer Niekamp, Hermann Matthies, Radovan Slavković, Miroslav Živković

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The procedure for reuse of finite element method (FEM) programs for heat transfer and structure analysis to solve advanced thermo-mechanical problems is presented as powerful algorithm applicable for coupling of other physical fields (magnetic, fluid flow, etc.). In this case, nonlinear Block-Gauss–Seidel partitioned algorithm strongly couples the heat transfer and structural FEM programs by a component-based software engineering. Component template library provides possibility to exchange the data between the components which solve the corresponding subproblems. The structural component evaluates the dissipative energy induced by inelastic strain. The heat transfer component computes the temperature change due to the dissipation. The convergence is guaranteed by posing the global convergence criterion on the previously locally converged coupled variables. This enables reuse of software and allows the numerical simulation of thermo-sensitive problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1007
Number of pages15
JournalContinuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Component template library
  • Finite element method
  • Large strain plasticity
  • Partitioned approach
  • Thermo-mechanical coupling


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