Isogeometric and stochastic collocation methods for nonlinear probabilistic multiscale problems in solid mechanics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Laura De Lorenzis(Braunschweig)

Prof. Dr. Hermann G. Matthies (Braunschweig)

Dr. Joachim Rang (Braunschweig)

Frederik Fahrendorf, M. Sc. (Braunschweig)


In this project, we intend to use the newly developed concept of isogeometric collocation (IGA-C) in  combination with stochastic collocation (SC) to achieve stable and computationally efficient  higher-order modeling of irreversible multiscale behavior in solid mechanics. The basic assumption is that the microstructure of a heterogeneous solid is uncertain and hence should be modeled  probabilistically. In order to describe the effects of the microscale uncertainty not only on the mean   macroscopic fields, but also on their variability, a probabilistic treatment of the scale transition is also  needed. As the computational cost of such stochastic computations may be orders of magnitude higher than that of simple deterministic analyses, an unprecedented computational efficiency is sought in the  combination of IGA-C for the mechanical/deterministic modeling, and of an SC scheme with novel  ansatz functions for the stochastic discretization. The numerical framework to be developed  encompasses local and nonlocal elasticity and plasticity with finite strains, as well as contact, damage and fracture models.

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