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Mortar finite element methods allow for a flexible and efficient coupling of arbitrary nonconforming interface meshes and are by now quite well established in nonlinear contact analysis. In this paper, a mortar method for three-dimensional (3D) finite deformation contact is presented. Our formulation is based on so-called dual Lagrange multipliers, which in(More)
The objective of this work is the development of a novel finite element formulation describing the contact behavior of slender beams in complex 3D contact configurations involving arbitrary beam-to-beam orientations. It is shown by means of a mathematically concise investigation of well-known beam contact models based on point-wise contact forces that these(More)
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Existing beam contact formulations can be categorized in point-to-point contact models that consider a discrete contact force at the closest point of the beams, and line-to-line contact models that assume distributed contact forces. In this work, it will be shown that line contact formulations applied to slender beams provide accurate and robust mechanical(More)
The present work focuses on geometrically exact finite elements for highly slender beams. It aims at the proposal of novel formulations of Kirchhoff-Love type, a detailed review of existing formulations of Kirchhoff-Love and Simo-Reissner type as well as a careful evaluation and comparison of the proposed and existing formulations. Two different rotation(More)