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Three dimensional finite element analysis of impact damage and erosion of metallic targets


Molinari, Jean-Francois Roland (2001) Three dimensional finite element analysis of impact damage and erosion of metallic targets. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/6ZJV-B162.


This dissertation is concerned with the development of a robust three-dimensional finite-element framework for the simulation of complex problems in mechanics and physics of solids. This approach is intended to shine light on impact and erosion mechanisms among other multiscale, multiphysics problems. The components of the computational framework are a contact algorithm including friction, wear, finite deformation plasticity, heat generation, heat transfer, and adaptive meshing coupled with error estimation. The adaptive meshing is a key development that enhances the efficiency and robustness of the method. We demonstrate the ability of the methodology to simulate diverse problems such as shear banding, impact, and wear.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Adaptive meshing; Erosion; Finite elements; Impact; Large deformation plasticity
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Ortiz, Michael
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:7 September 2000
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-11032003-102656
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ID Code:4380
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Deposited On:04 Nov 2003
Last Modified:21 Dec 2019 04:17

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