Thermo-mechanical coupling in beam-to-beam contact

Daniela P. Boso, Przemyslaw Litewka, Bernhard A. Schrefler

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Contact including coupling between mechanical and thermal fields constitutes a complicated problem because the mutual influences between displacements or strains and temperature are manifested in many different ways. A detailed description of various issues related to the thermo-mechanical coupling in contact can be found in the monograph by [6]. In this paper a formulation of a beam-to-beam contact element for the coupled thermo-mechanical field is presented. Contact surfaces are considered ideally smooth, so that the heat transfer due to radiation and convection in the micro cavities is neglected. In the physi-cal model of the beam material, only the linear thermal expansion is included and all the physical parameters are treated as independent of time and temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecent Developments and Innovative Applications in Computational Mechanics
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783642174834
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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