3D beam-to-beam contact within coupled electromechanical fields: A finite element model

D. P. Boso, Przemyslaw Litewka, B. A. Schrefler, P. Wriggers

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In this paper a 3D beam-to-beam contact element is presented, to deal with contact problems in the coupled electric - mechanical fields. The beams are supposed to get in contact in a pointwise manner, the detection of the contact points and the computation of all contributions are carried out using a fully symmetric treatment of the two beams. Concerning the mechanical field, Hertz theory of contact for elastic bodies is considered. The contact area is varying according to the beamto- beam angle, being circular only in the case of perpendicular beams. This variation of the shape is taken into account too. The problem is semi-coupled: the mechanical field influences the electric one because of the dependence of the voltage distribution on the contact area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnalysis and Simulation of Contact Problems
EditorsPeter Wriggers, Udo Nackenhost
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics
ISSN (Print)1613-7736

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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