Higher-order quasicontinuum methods for elastic and dissipative lattice models: uniaxial deformation and pure bending
L. A. A. Beex, O. Rokos, J. Zeman, and S. P. A. Bordas
Gesellschaft fuer Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM-Mitt.), 38, 344–368 (2015).


The quasicontinuum (QC) method is a numerical strategy to reduce the computational cost of direct lattice computations - in this study we achieve a speed up of a factor of 40. It has successfully been applied to (conservative) atomistic lattices in the past, but using a virtual- power statement it was recently shown that QC approaches can also be used for spring and beam lattice models that include dissipation. Recent results have shown that QC approaches for planar beam lattices experiencing in-plane and out-of-plane deformation require higher- order interpolation. Higher-order QC frameworks are scarce nevertheless. In this contribu- tion, the possibilities of a second-order and third-order QC framework are investigated for an elastoplastic spring lattice. The higher-order QC frameworks are compared to the results of the direct lattice computations and to those of a linear QC scheme. Examples are chosen so that both a macroscale and a microscale quantity influences the results. The two multi- scale examples focused on are (i) macroscopically prescribed uniaxial deformation and (ii) macroscopically prescribed pure bending. Furthermore, the examples include an individual inclusion in a large lattice and hence, are concurrent in nature.